Lexington Stuns Salado
Salado jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead on Lexington. They made it look relatively easy as they scored less than two minutes into the game on a 44-yard run around left end. The score followed an interception on Lexington's first play of the game with quarterback Josh Murray's throw short of the intended receiver, Dylan Iselt.
Salado opened the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal putting the Red Eagles ahead 10- 0. To make matters worse on the first play after the kickoff Lexington fumbled the ball back to Salado. It was time for the Eagle defense led by Chance and Chace Sherrill to rise to the occasion. The defense did not allow a yard on four plays and Lexington took over at their 20-yard line.
On the first play, Xavier Ward took the hand off from Murray, broke a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage, one about four yards downfield, and then put it in overdrive for the rest of the 80- yards for Lexington's first score. Mason Vecera toed the PAT to make the score 10-7 in favor of Salado.
As the defense took the field, Coach Jason Holcomb told Chance Sherrill, "Get us the ball back". On the first play a big Eagle hit jarred the ball loose and Josh Glass recovered at the Salado 40-yard line. Freshman Kogan Garrett trotted on the field as the quarterback. A perfectly thrown pass from Garrett found Dylan Iselt behind the Salado secondary for a 40-yard TD. Vecera toed the PAT to make the score 14-10 Lexington. No one had an inkling that would be the last six-pointer of the night.
The 14-10 score would hold until late in the fourth quarter, so late only 35 seconds were left in the game and the ball was on the Salado 20-yard line. Coach Holcomb called for a field goal attempt by Vecera. Jacob Carr made a great play as the holder. Carr reached behind his shoulder to catch the wild snap, got it down perfectly, and Vecera made the 37- yard field goal to give Lexington the 17-10 lead. Without Carr's play, the kick could have been blocked or not kicked at all.
The Eagle defenses, both Salado and Lexington, dominated the second half. Neither team made a first down on a third down play. Lexington was zero for 11 and Salado zero for 12. Lexington did make one first down on a fourth down play. Lexington held Salado to less than 20 yards total offense the second half. Salado just managed 149 yards total offense for the game. Over 130 yards of that total were in the first half.
Chance and Chace Sherrill were in on most of the defensive plays. Josh Glass had a great game on defense, according to the coaches. Anthony Robbins, an intense young man, is steadily improving at defensive tackle for the Eagles. Tyler Moerbe slapped down two Salado pass attempts, one while he was being blocked. Spencer Taylor made a strong play on a screen pass late in the game to help preserve the Lexington win. Taylor Roberson and Clint Hutson played their usual consistent games.
The special teams, PAT, field goal, punting, and kick off coverage, did a great job. Casey Iselt hustles down on every punt and is one of the first to make contact with the kick receiver. Vecera is putting the kickoffs deep, sometimes in the end zone, on most kicks. The blocking on PAT and field goal attempts is good, witness Carr being able to reach back to get the ball and have time to get it on the tee for the kick.
Leading rusher for Lexington was Ward with 94 yards on eight carries. Garrett was three of six passing for 55 yards. Dylan Iselt caught the 40-yard scoring pass along with three other short passes.
With the victory, Lexington moves into a tie for second place in district behind unbeaten Rogers.