Augustus easing his way back in for Lee
Lee senior running back Idreis Augustus, the leading rusher in the Northern Region during the first half of the season, made a semi-return from a groin injury last week in a loss to South County, the Lancers’ third straight defeat after a 5-0 start.
Augustus, who in his first five games totaled 933 yards and scored nine touchdowns, sustained the injury early in the third quarter Oct. 9 against Lake Braddock. He then sat out a loss to West Potomac and carried four times for 12 yards last Friday against South County.
With Augustus hobbled, Lee has scored seven points in each of its past two games; the Lancers scored 160 points in the five games that Augustus played.
The Lancers conclude the regular season against West Springfield (4-4) and T.C. Williams (4-4). Augustus’s role has yet to be determined.
“Our goal is the postseason, and we need to make sure that everyone’s healthy and that we’re hitting the ground running when that comes around,” Lancers coach Rob Everett said. “With an injury like that to someone as important to our offense as he is, we need to make sure we’re doing the best thing for our team long-term.”
Despite the three-game losing streak, Lee has the second-highest Virginia High School League power rating among the 15 Division 5 teams in the Northern Region. The Lancers gave themselves some margin for error with consecutive early-season victories over Hayfield (6-2), W.T. Woodson (7-1) and Westfield (4-4), which has won three straight.
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