Lexington vs. Rice Consolidated: Part 2
The Lexington Eagles will play the Rice Consolidated Raiders for the second time this football season. Rice defeated Lexington 26-22 in the first game played September 18th. The game was a hard-fought, closely contested game that was actually a 20-16 game. Each team scored in the last 30 seconds of the game to reach the final score.
Lexington has changed quite a bit since the first game. The rushing offense has become a more integral part of the game for the Eagles. Lexington seemed to start to find itself as a team after and because of the Lago Vista defeat. Gone is the pass first run second philosophy to a more balanced offense. The passing game has become more vertical instead of horizontal. The rushing offense has become better blocked and has more continuity than in the first game.
Still in place is the tough Rice defense. The Eagles were limited to 128 total yards in the first meeting. Nine defensive starters returned to the Raiders this season. One of the new starters is a coach’s son, who is a great athlete. Defensive tackle, Chris Dorsey, has committed to UTSA for its inaugural season of football next season. He is a four-year starter for the Raiders.
Myles Dumont and Mario Hull are the heart and soul of the Raider offense. They are much like Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley. In game one this season, Hull scored the first three Rice TDs on pass receptions of 32, 67, and 32 yards. The fourth TD came on an interception return with 25- seconds left in the game. Hull caught eight passes for 193 yards in the first game.
Rice has experienced injuries as has Lexington. Lexington will be missing Chase Sunvison on the offensive and defensive lines from the first encounter. The rest of the starters during game one should return Friday. This game will have more importance than game one.
Lexington must improve their running game to enhance chances of winning. The Eagles must also neutralize Hull in this game. Hull has speed and size in his favor. Lexington has had trouble defending the pass when not getting a good pass rush. Jarrell had two long pass completions in the last game Lexington played, much like what Dumont and Hull did in game one.
If the Eagles can take Hull out of the game and generate yards running the football, they should win the game and advance to the second round of the playoffs against the Harper/Poth winner.
Advance tickets can be bought for $6 and $3 (student ticket price). At the gate, all tickets will be $6.