Eagles Smoke Bees 34-14
A completely different team took the field this week than last for the Lexington Eagles. The Eagles came out blocking, tackling, and running with pride, which was not present in the district opener last week.
Xavier Ward made an outstanding play with 5:55 left in the first quarter that may have turned the season for Lexington. Ward's key play was a pass interception on Academy's second possession. Under a heavy Eagle rush, the Academy quarterback threw into a crowd. Ward intercepted the pass and returned it 30-yards for the first score of the game. Mason Vacera added the PAT kick for a 7-0 Lexington lead. Academy quickly evened the score moving smartly down the field to tie.
It was time for Ward to perform another minor miracle. A quick snap bounced up, off the hands of quarterback Josh Murray. Ward alertly grabbed the ball out of the air and plowed into the end zone for a touchdown. The TD made the score 13-7. The alert play culminated an 11-play 69-yard drive by the Eagles.
After the TD the teams traded possessions. Academy had the ball when it was stripped by an Eagle defender and recovered by the Eagles at the Bee 40. Lexington took 11-plays to score from the 40 due to a number of penalties on both teams. Clint Hutson topped off the lengthy (time-wise) drive going the final yard with 13 seconds left in the first half. Vacera added the PAT to make the score 20-7.
The excitement was not over for the half. After the kick the Bees rushed for two-yards. After a timeout the Bees ran a pass play. Bee QB Kuban was hit just after throwing the ball by Eagle Anthony Robbins. An altercation occurred and the officials dismissed both players for the second half. Academy coaches thought the action was a bit severe but if punches are thrown, the rule is dismissal.
Lexington added two more scores in the third quarter to ice the game. The replacement quarterback tried a screen pass in the middle. Eagle Chase Sunvison read the play, snagged the pass, and headed to the end zone. He was stopped at the Bee 48. Lexington took seven plays to navigate the distance. Josh Murray ran a quarterback draw for the final 12-yards. Vacera added the PAT for a 27-7 lead. The final Eagle score came on a conventional drive of 75 yards. It took eight plays that was culminated with Spencer Taylor's two-yard trip to the end zone. Vacera toed the PAT for the 34-7 lead.
The Eagle defense was headed by the Sherrill twins, Josh Glass, and Ward. The three takeaways with the offense not turning the ball over is a big plus. The defense allowed the Bees just 205 yards in the game with 70 of those coming on the final TD after the game was essentially over. The first defense allowed just 135 yards.
The Eagle offensive line made a tremendous improvement in a week. The coaches spent time with the blockers and changed the offense slightly to make their assignments easier. Wider gaps spread the defense and gave the blockers better angles.
The victory muddied the district race somewhat. Salado, Rogers, and Lago Vista are undefeated. Salado is 2-0, Rogers and Lago are 1-0 having had the district open date. Lexington and Academy are 1-1 with tough games in their futures.