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2009-09-03 / Sports

Lexington Tops Smithville

by Mike Organ

Lexington's Spencer Taylor (#5), with help from Xavier Ward (#6) forces the Smithville quarterback to throw under duress. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington's Spencer Taylor (#5), with help from Xavier Ward (#6) forces the Smithville quarterback to throw under duress. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. In a game that could be considered a poorly played game, you have to consider that both teams' defenses played very well. Both teams' defenses gave up two touchdowns. The difference in the game was that Lexington's defense scored a touchdown and Smithville's did not.

Smithville got on the scoreboard early on a two play 16-yard drive that started at the 16 due to a nice punt return and a penalty against Lexington. The score came with 4:34 left in the opening quarter. The first quarter took over an hour to play with both teams turning the ball over with fumbles and Smithville making an interception. Each time the Tigers got an Eagle turnover the Lexington defense stopped the Smithville offense.

The Eagle defense was next to score. Xavier Ward scooped up a fumble by the Smithville quarterback in full stride. 25-yards later Ward had scored the Eagles' first touchdown of the season. Mason Vecera calmly added the PAT kick to tie the game 7-7. That score would remain the same throughout the two-hour marathon called the first half. Both defenses caused turnovers and both defenses were able to deny scores by the opposing offenses. Smithville lost three fumbles in the first half and Lexington lost two fumbles and an interception.

The third quarter scoring belonged to Lexington. Ward got his second score of the game with a one-yard blast over right tackle to give Lexington a 14-7 lead after Vecera's PAT kick. The score was at the end of a short drive of 23- yards. The Eagles got good field position due to a bad snap on fourth down. The Tigers actually held the Eagles to a Vecera 33-yard field goal. A half the distance penalty gave the Eagles a first down at the eight-yard line. The points were taken off the scoreboard and four new downs issued. Another penalty on first down moved the ball down to the two-yard line. Clint Hutson was stopped short on first down. Landon Evans inched slightly forward on second down and Ward blasted across on third down. The score came with 3:04 left in the quarter.

The Eagles stopped Smithville again forcing a punt. Lexington took over on the Tiger 47. Ward ran for six on first down. Josh Murray ran the zone read to the left, but no back came by the ball. Murray's reaction was to head right. He evaded a tackler at the line of scrimmage and was off to the promised land. He picked up a late block by Julien Clark to just make it into the end zone. The dependable Vecera added the PAT for a 21-7 Eagle lead.

Smithville added a score late in the fourth period to close to 21- 13. The Eagle defense rose to the occasion the rest of the game, allowing the Eagle offense to run out the remaining time.

Coach Jason Holcomb said, "Our defense played great ball. Avahn Crumb was the leading tackler with 10 but you hate to single out anyone when the entire defense played so well. The guys were definitely hitting, leaving some bruises for this week. Kelden Wren, Chance and Chace Sherrill, and Xavier Ward got helmet decals for hard hits. The defensive front kept pressure on the very agile Tiger quarterback all night long. The defensive ends kept their best runner, Runnels, contained all night. The defensive backs kept the Tiger receivers covered most of the night. It was just a great defensive night."

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