2010-08-26 / Sports

Eagles Open with Smithville

by Mike Organ

Lexington opens the 2010 football season by hosting the Smithville Tigers. Smithville is a member to UIL District 23-AA which includes Lexington scrimmage opponents Rockdale and Caldwell. The Tigers program has been down a number of years, but is in an upturn under Coach Justin Wiley. Wiley directed the Tigers to a 5-5 record in 2009 and is expecting to improve in 2010.

Smithville returns four offensive starters and six defensive starters from last season’s ball club. Offensively the Tigers like to throw the ball. Wide receiver Aaron Rodriguez runs a 4.4 in the 40-yards dash. Rodriguez caught 25 balls last season, scoring five times. Two of the five TDs were against Lexington. Jacoby Lincoln will be the running back this season for the Tigers after being a starting linebacker last season.

The six defensive starters returning will be a key to the Tigers success. The offense is hit and miss but the defense is solid. The Tiger defense limited Lexington to just 112 yards total offense in last season’s opener. Lexington turned the ball over four times, three by fumble and an interception in last season’s opener.

The difference in last season’s game was Xavier Ward scooping up a Tiger fumble and zipping into the end zone. Other than that, the two teams battled to a stand off.

The Eagle defense has looked awesome in the scrimmages, holding Caldwell and Rockdale first team offenses to zero scores. Any attempt to pass has been met with tremendous pressure on the passer and covered receivers.

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