New leader, experienced roster for L-D

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

The blue-collar Mechanicsville kids known as Lee-Davis football were in the midst of a normal off-season when, suddenly, things changed.

Ryan Turnage will lead the Lee-Davis gridiron as the Confederates kick off their 57th season.

Ryan Turnage will lead the Lee-Davis gridiron as the Confederates kick off their 57th season.

Zac Hayden resigned in May after four seasons for family reasons, and with summer conditioning, and August training camp looming, the Confederates were searching for a new leader.

Enter Ryan Turnage, who led Jamestown High School in Williamsburg to its first playoff berth in school history during a five-year tenure, a coach with area ties having been an offensive line coach for two seasons at Randolph-Macon in the mid-2000s.

Turnage’s colleague at Day Field was none other than the dean of Lee-Davis football, Mac McConnell, who spent 25 years at the helm in Mechanicsville.

“You need to understand the tremendous tradition here at Lee-Davis, which helped me decide to come here,” Turnage told his players at their first meeting in July.

Turnage now takes his experience, and understanding of the rich history at Lee-Davis, and is ready to apply it to Friday nights this fall.

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