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