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2009-11-05 / Sports

Eagles Jolt Jarrell

by Mike Organ

Lexington's Rheim Petterson bursts accross the line to take down a Jarrell player during Friday's win. PHOTO BY BAILEY WREN. Lexington's Rheim Petterson bursts accross the line to take down a Jarrell player during Friday's win. PHOTO BY BAILEY WREN. Lexington ran, passed, and defended their way to a 50-20 win over Jarrell in their 2009 regular season finale Friday. Lexington jumped out to a 22-0 first quarter lead and never relinquished control of the game. The win propelled the Eagles into the 2009 AA state playoffs.

The Eagles used a balanced offense to send Jarrell to its eighth straight defeat of the season. Lexington passed for 194 yards and rushed for 239 yards in the game. Freshman Kogan Garrett continued to impress with 15 of 23 for 180 yards. Xavier Ward rushed for 111 yards and Clint Hutson scooted for 98 yards in the Eagles' sixth win of the season.

Hutson scored the Eagles first TD on a one-yard run to cap a sixplay, 48-yard drive with 8:47 left in the first quarter. The big play on the drive was Hutson's 18-yard rush down to the two yard line, prior to a penalty against Jarrell. Mason Vecera added the first of his six PAT kicks to give Lexington a 7-0 lead.

Jacob Carr holds the ball for Mason Vecera as they send the ball across the goal posts for another successful PAT for the Eagles. PHOTO BY BAILEY WREN. Jacob Carr holds the ball for Mason Vecera as they send the ball across the goal posts for another successful PAT for the Eagles. PHOTO BY BAILEY WREN. After a three and out by Jarrell Lexington showed off Garrett's arm. A 36-yard pass to Dylan Iselt in the end zone put Lexington up 14-0.

After a huge kickoff by Vecera pinned Jarrell back deep in their own territory the Cougars tried to pass. A fierce Eagle rush caused the attempted pass to be tipped. Xavier Ward gladly grabbed it out of the air and hustled into the end zone for the third score of the quarter. A bad snap on the PAT caused holder Jacob Carr to pass to Anthony Robbins for the twopoint PAT and a 22-0 Lexington lead.

Jarrell awakened to drive the ball 66-yards for a score that closed the score to 22-7. Jarrell was still on a roll and ran a successful quick, onside kick that surprised the Eagles. On the third play after the kick recovery a perfectly run 55- yard pass/run gave Jarrell another TD.

Lexington added another score with just 37 seconds left in the half. Josh Murray rushed for four-yards on a zone read play to move the score to 29-13 at half.

When Jarrell started the second half with another onside kick, Lexington was ready. Avahn Crumb covered the ball on the Eagle 49. A passing series by Garrett moved the ball quickly down the field. An 18-yard completion to Iselt got things started. The drive was topped off with a four-yard toss to Hutson. A chop block call on the PAT try, moved Vecera back to the 18. The PAT kick was really a successful 28-yard field goal.

The next Eagle possession was the Xavier Ward drive. The tough running Eagle back had a 55-yard excursion through the entire Cougar team that was stopped short of the goal. Ward finished the drive with a one-yard skip into paydirt. Lexington added their final score when Hutson zipped 24-yards. Jarrell added a final score on a 70-yard pass play with 1:59 left in the game.

Defensively the Eagles did an excellent job of controlling the Jarrell offense. Jarrell did get 286 yards total offense, but 125 were on two plays. The other 44 plays the Cougars ran netted just 161 yards. Spencer Taylor had an excellent game on defense for Lexington. Chance and Chace Sherrill played their usual hardhitting, never stop games. Tyler Moerbe continued to cause problems from his defensive end position. Rheim Petterson continues to impress as he improves every game.

Lexington will be in the playoffs as a Division II representative from District 25-AA . The rest of the representation is up in the air. Lago Vista will be in the playoffs, but as what? If Rogers beats Salado, Lago will be DI and Rogers #1in DII. If Salado defeats Rogers by less than three points, Lexington will go as DII #1 and Rogers DII #2. If Salado beats Rogers by four or more, Salado goes as DI and Lago Vista enters as DII #1 and Lexington as DII #2. You think coaches don't use math in their jobs? The opponents for all this are: Rice Consolidated, Hempstead, and either Weimar or Schulenburg. Weimar plays Hempstead this week. If Weimar wins, they are in as DII #2. If they lose, Schulenburg gets the spot. Hempstead will be DI and Rice will be DII #1.

Next week the fun of the playoffs will get underway. We are ready for some more FOOTBALL!!!

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