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2009-08-27 / Sports

Lexington Opens in Smithville

by Mike Organ

In the picture at the left, a Thorndale Junior Varsity ball carrier gets hit from the front and the back by the Eagle JV Defense. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. In the picture at the left, a Thorndale Junior Varsity ball carrier gets hit from the front and the back by the Eagle JV Defense. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Lexington will journey to Smithville Friday to open the 2009 football season against the Orange and Black Tigers. The Tigers are slowly building a football program that had fallen in deep disarray. This will be Coach Wiley's third year in charge of the Tigers. Smithville has gotten better each year.

Smithville surprised the Eagles last season, showing some spunk and fire they had not had in many moons. The Coach said it was the first time in four years the athletes had played for the same coach two years in a row. The Tigers went on to win games against Weimar and LaGrange to highlight a comeback year. The Tigers improved quite a bit from previous season.

This improvement is what is tough for Lexington. The mainstays of the resurgence on offense and defense are back to lead the Tigers once again. Lexington will face a team that will want to run its winning streak to two over Lexington. This will get the Tigers off to a successful season, they feel.

Lexington cannot go into Smithville and expect to win just because they are playing the lowly Smithville Tigers. Last season should let the Eagles and their fans know that Tiger football is headed back to respectability.

Lexington will be showing an entirely revamped offense that is more wide open to highlight Lexington's speed and quickness. Players like Clint Hutson will be catching passes out in the open against one or two defenders instead of having to negotiate between all eleven defenders near the line of scrimmage.

Landon Evans and Josh Murray will be in charge of getting the ball to the receivers and exploiting the defense.

The maturing Eagle defense led by Chace and Chance Sherrill will need to limit the Tiger offense to less than 200 yards total offense if the Eagles are to have a good shot at winning.

As for Smithville, this will be Jordan Runnels third year on the varsity as the running back (776 yards and 8 TD's). He will lead the Tigers offense. Quarterback Acension Fiero will get the offense underway. He has good arm strength but has not been a starter. The Tiger offensive line is suspect with no outstanding players.

Defensively, Reece Fiero is a returning All-District performer. Jacorey Lincoln is the strong side linebacker enabling Reece Fiero to rush the passer from the weakside and make tackles in the backfield.

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