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2009-09-24 / Sports

Eagles Almost Burn Rice

by Mike Organ

A flock of Eagles bring down a Rice ball carrier early in Friday night's game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. A flock of Eagles bring down a Rice ball carrier early in Friday night's game. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Lexington took a 16-6 lead in the fourth quarter before state ranked Rice Consolidated scored 20 unanswered points to take a comefrom behind 26-22 win. Rice held a 6-0 lead at halftime. Lexington scored nine points in the third quarter and then an early TD in the fourth period to set the stage for the Rice comeback.

The first half was a mighty defensive struggle as both teams displayed stingy defenses. Lexington had 24-yards total offense in the first half and Rice had but 89-yards. The Rice score came with just 57 seconds left in the first half. A 32-yard pass play got the score. The scoring play followed a 33-yard pass play. Minus those two plays and Rice has but 24-yards in the first half also.

The Eagle defense was led by the Sherrill twins, Chance and Chace. Chance had 15 tackles and Chace had 13 stops. Josh Glass and Chase Sunvison also played well up front for the Eagles. They pressured the quarterback and generally caused the Rice running game to net only 57-yards on 43 carries. According to Coach Holcomb, "Spencer Taylor and Rhiem Petterson did a good job on pass coverage all game long."

In the third quarter Lexington got an unusual score. A Taylor Roberson punt rolled dead at the Rice three-yard line. On the first play Lexington tackled the Rice ball carrier in the end zone for a safety. Lexington could do nothing on the possession following the free kick. Rice tried to pass out of their own territory but Josh Murray intercepted a deep pass by Rice. Murray returned the interception 33-yards to the Rice 24. On second down, Murray hit Spencer Taylor on a quick slant to move the ball to the Rice six. Two plays later, Lexington put an X in the end zone. Xavier Ward scored from 3- yards out. Mason Vacera added the PAT to give Lexington 9-6 lead.

Lexington struck quickly on a three play 72-yard drive at the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter. After a one-yard loss on the last play of the third quarter, Murray hit Clint Hutson in stride with a pass for a 53-yard gain. Murray ran a quarterback draw 20- yards for the Eagles' score. Vacera again toed the PAT for a 16-6 Lexington lead.

Vacera kicked off into the end zone. Rice started on their twenty. A nine-yard pass to Mario Hull got Rice going. Two running plays followed moving the ball to the 33. Hull ran a stop route of about nineyards. Hull dodged a few Eagle tacklers, and then outran the rest for a 67-yard TD play. The score stood 16-12 Lexington.

After an exchange of punts, Rice was able to get Hull open in the end zone for a 20-16 lead. Murray in trying to get the Eagles back on the scoreboard had a pass intercepted and returned for another Rice TD and a 26-16 lead.

On the following kick off, Xavier Ward took the kick ran into a pile of Rice defenders. Ward got the ball to Petterson, who scampered the rest of the 73-yards for the final score with five seconds left. The TD made the final score 26-22.

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