Eagles Clean up Florence
Lexington scored early and often as they beat Florence 48-26. The win plus Salado's win over Academy virtually put the Eagles into the state playoffs.
Clint Hutson scored the first Eagle touchdown at 8:33 in the first quarter. Mason Vecera added the PAT for a 7-0 lead. The score ended a 13 play drive that started when Huston intercepted a Florence pass. After the teams had exchanged possessions, Tyler Moerbe scooped up a Florence fumble and zipped 30-yards for the second Eagle score. Lexington led 14-0 at the end of the first period.
Fourteen more points in the second quarter boosted the Eagle lead to 28-6 at halftime. Tevin Lovings hauled in an eight-yard scoring toss for the first score. Kogan Garrett then hit Dylan Iselt with an 11-yard toss for the second TD. Vecera added both PAT kicks. Lexington led 28-6 at half.
Twenty points in the third quarter put the game away for Lexington. Moerbe caught a 30- yard pass from Garrett for the first score to cap a 71-yard scoring drive on their first possession of the second half. Rhiem Petterson made an outstanding interception to put the Eagles back in business. The offense could not make the necessary yardage and returned the ball via a missed field goal. A three and out followed for Florence. Josh Murray ran for 19- yards to add to the score. A fumble returned the ball to the Eagles. Xavier Ward rumbled 52-yards for the next score. Vecera added the PAT after the first score and Antonio Martinez toed the last PAT. After Murray's score the kick was blocked.
Lexington put the offense in cruise control for the last quarter. No points were scored but the ball was moving up and down the field amid all the miscues of fumbles and penalties. Lexington totaled 532 yards total offense and Florence had 394 total yards. The referees had 361 total yards in the game as they penalized Florence 181 yards and Lexington 180 steps. That does not include the declined penalties.
The Eagle defense gave up a lot of yardage, but most of it was in the fourth period after the game was decided. Josh Murray led the team in tackles with seven tackles according to our stats. Chase Sherrill had six tackles and Tyler Moerbe had five tackles. Moerbe also knocked down a pass and also intercepted a flare pass returning it for an apparent TD that was called back for an infraction. Spencer Taylor, Casey Iselt, Anthony Robbins and Josh Glass had good games. Zach Stamper had some good hits on special teams.
Lexington now is 5-4 for the season and 3-2 in District 25-AA action.