The Lexington Eagles and Caldwell Hornets battled to almost a stand off Saturday morning in Lexington. Both teams seemed a little sluggish on offense and mid-season ready on defense. There were some big plays offensively by both teams but by in large defense took the day.
Lexington worked from the spread formation, trying various running plays from the pass-appearing formation. The plays that produced yardage were predominately misdirection plays. Xavier Ward did a good job running the football. Ward scored the first touchdown on a nice cut-back run. He hit off the right side of the line and cut back to the left corner of the field, picking up some nice downfield blocks. The pass offense was effective if not efficient. Dylan Iselt made a great catch to keep a possession going. Kogan Garrett made a couple of nice tosses when given time to throw. Twice, Eagle receivers took serious hits after catching the ball.
The Eagle defense was led by the Sherrill twins. The defense caused several turnovers. The turnovers were caused by hard hitting and stripping the ball from the arms of the ball-carrier. The defense hustled to the ball each play, hitting the ball carrier sharply. Caldwell passed the ball more in this scrimmage than they did all last season. Caldwell found some open receivers when the Eagle pass rush did not get pressure on the quarterback.
Coach Jason Holcomb was pleased with the scrimmage. “First and foremost we did not get anyone hurt. The offensive and defensive lines worked really hard to get their assignments done. There was no lack of hustle in any of our players the entire scrimmage. Our effort was really good.”
Caldwell is predicted to finish second in District 23AAA behind Giddings. The Hornets are a good football team and Lexington made a very strong showing against a supposedly stronger opponent.