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2009-10-01 / Sports

Lago Vista Runs Past Eagles

by Mike Organ

Kogan Garrett prepares to pass behind blocks of Andrew Mullins (72) and Donn Miller (57). PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Kogan Garrett prepares to pass behind blocks of Andrew Mullins (72) and Donn Miller (57). PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lago Vista Vikings unleashed a potent running attack on the Lexington Eagles in Friday's district opener for a 29-6 win. Lago Vista surprised the Eagles with their tough rushing offense in the first half. The Vikings had 272 yards rushing in the first half and finished with 377. Lexington made the proper adjustments at halftime to hold the Vikings to 105 yards in the second half.

Lago Vista took the excellent opening kick-off from Mason Vacera at the one-yard line. A return to the 15 gave the Vikings 85-yards to march for their first score. March they did - in eight plays the Vikings were in the Eagle end zone. After a three and out for Lexington, LV scored on the first play, a 52-yard run off the left side of the offense for a 14-0 lead.

The two teams traded possessions the rest of the first quarter and the start of the second. Late in the second quarter LV got something going again. They took the ball 48-yards in four plays for another TD and a 22-0 lead at halftime after running the PAT.

Xavier Ward is seen under attack by several Vikings, but not before he had accomplished a 56-yard gain for the Eagles. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Xavier Ward is seen under attack by several Vikings, but not before he had accomplished a 56-yard gain for the Eagles. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. At halftime Lexington had 12- yards total offense and Lago Vista had the 272 rushing. The Eagles went to the end zone at halftime due to the lack of up-to-date facilities at Lago Vista.

The second half opened with a new quarterback for Lexington in Kogan Garrett. Garrett passed the Eagles down the field to the LV five. Under a heavy rush, a pass in the end zone was picked off by the Vikings and the Eagles got nothing.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter when Garrett hit Clint Hutson on a crossing route. Hutson hauled in the pass and outran the Viking secondary to complete an 80-yard scoring play. Mason Vacera's PAT kick was wide left.

Defensively for the Eagles, the Sherrill twins and Josh Glass made a majority of the tackles. Of the forty credited tackles by our count these three made 22 stops. Chase Sherrill topped the list with 10, Glass had seven and Chance had five stops. Glass also recorded Lexington's only takeaway by recovering a fumble. The Eagle defense never stopped hustling the entire game, but a missed tackle or blown defensive assignment resulted in several big plays for Lago Vista.

In late second quarter and the entire second half, Garrett completed 10 of 19 passes for 197- yards. Unfortunately he lost 75- yards being sacked by the Lago pass rush. Xavier Ward was the leading rusher for Lexington with 58 yards on four carries. Ward's longest run was a 56-rip up the middle of the LV defense before he was run down.

For the game, Lexington had - 12 yards rushing and 203 yards passing. Lago Vista had 377 rushing and zero passing for the game. Lexington had 10 third down plays and converted one to a first down. Lago Vista held a lead in the time of possession 29:44 to 18:16.

Lexington now faces an important game each week in their battle to make the 2A post season party. The Eagles must be up for every game and play their best each week.

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