Rogers Recovers to Beat Lexington
Guard Garrett Rice recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone to tie the score at 20. The Rogers placekicker, Kory Mitchell toed the winning PAT and Rogers took home a hard fought 21-20 win over the Lexington Eagles.
Lexington looked as though they had things under control leading 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter. Rogers started the winning drive in the third quarter and it continued the first half of the fourth period. The 13-play, 69- yard drive by the hard hitting Lexington defense hit the Rogers ball carrier causing a fumble that rolled to the back of the end zone. The offensive lineman that was out there recovered the fumble for what proved to be the winning touchdown.
Lexington's second possession of the night ended on a weird play. Josh Murray shovel passed to Clint Hutson. The ball was mishandled and fell to the ground. Normally it would be an incomplete pass, but the officials ruled it was a fumble that was recovered by Rogers at the Lexington 39. From there, Rogers drew first blood scoring on a 29- yard scoring pass from Ryan Fares to Ryan Pierce.
Two plays after the kick off, Rogers fumbled the ball. According to the film it was covered by Rogers' runner. After the whistle he turned it loose and Chance Sherrill grabbed the ball. The officials awarded Lexington the ball. Enter freshman Kogan Garrett at quarterback. Garrett promptly throws a perfect pass to Dylan Iselt behind the Rogers defensive backs for a 30-yard scoring play. Vecera again toed the PAT to give Lexington a 14-7.
After the Lexington score, Rogers reverted to typical Rogers football. Rogers reeled off an 18- play drive that netted no points. Lexington's defense bent, but did not break as Rogers turned the ball over on downs without posting any points after holding the ball the rest of the first quarter and most of the second period. A couple of penalties committed by Rogers helped in bringing the drive to a halt.
Rogers received the second half kick off and quickly marched the ball down the field, scoring on a fullback trap run of 36-yards by Cody Weir. The PAT kick tied the score at 14 all.
It took Lexington but 15 seconds to retake the lead. A 22-yard kick off return by Casey Iselt to the 44- yard line put Lexington in business. Xavier Ward took a hand off from Murray, sprinted through a hole on the right side of the offense for a 56-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick was wide right leaving Lexington ahead 20-14.
From that point on the teams defenses stepped forward. Lexington stopped Rogers. Rogers stopped Lexington. This went on until Rogers started the 13-play scoring drive that ultimately decided the game.
Lexington later looked a gift horse in the mouth when Rogers fumbled the ball to Lexington after stopping Lexington and forcing a punt. On the second play Rogers fumbled the ball and Josh Glass recovered for Lexington. Lexington could not stand prosperity, fumbling the ball back to Rogers on the third play.
Even after blowing the fumbled gift, Lexington's strong defense led by the Sherrill twins, Ward, Glass, Tyler Moerbe, Hutson, Anthony Robbins, and Spencer Taylor held Rogers to a three-andout. The Green Eagle offense moved the ball down to the Rogers' 30-yard line before the drive stalled. Enter Mason Vecera for a 47-yard field goal attempt. (He made kicks from there during warm ups.) The snap from center was wild causing holder Jacob Carr to reach for the ball. Carr caught it, regained balance, and placed it on the kicking tee. The extra actions threw off Vecera's timing, causing the kick to be off the mark.
Lexington held the prolific Rogers rushing offense to 237 yards. What really hurt was Rogers' passing. Four times they completed passes on third down, each earned a first down, one a TD. Lexington also lost the turnover battle four to two.