2010-09-02 / Sports

Lexington Stuffs Smithville

by Mike Organ

Josh Murray is on his way to an 80 yard Touchdown play! PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Josh Murray is on his way to an 80 yard Touchdown play! PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lexington Eagles opened the 2010 season with a 60-0 whitewashing of the Smithville Tigers. The Eagle offense generated 561 yards total offense and the defense limited Smithville to 69 yards offense in the one-sided game.

The game started off with Smithville moving the ball smartly against the Eagle defense. Smithville moved the ball 23 yards on their first possession before turning the ball over on downs at the Eagle 37. That was basically the end of Smithville for the night.

On the Eagles’ first offensive play of the 2010 season, Xavier Ward dashed 63 yards for a touchdown. Antonio Martinez toed the PAT for a 7-0 lead. The Eagle defense held Smithville without a first down after the kickoff. A 36-yard punt was countered by a 20- yard return by Jason Washington. Lexington was headed for another score when a fumble stopped the short drive. Smithville could do nothing with the turnover and punted to Lexington again. The Tiger defense held, forcing a return punt from the Eagles. Another stop by the Killer B defense caused another Tiger punt.

Xavier Ward allows the blocking to develop as he starts on a 63-yard TD run. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Xavier Ward allows the blocking to develop as he starts on a 63-yard TD run. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. On their first possession of the second quarter Lexington put points on the board. Ward ran for 12, Ward for one, Kogan Garrett passed to ward for 10 and a first down. Garrett then hit Dylan Iselt for a 30-yard gain. Josh Murray caught the Tigers asleep on a reverse running the ball down to the one-yard line before getting knocked out of bounds. Ward then put another X in the end zone for a 13-0 lead. Lexington stopped Smithville with a three and out. Garrett rushed for 12, Ward had three rushes for 27, before Garrett passed to Murray for an 8-yard TD. Chance Sherrill took a bad snap on the PAT and powered it across the right side to up the score to 21-0.

Lexington had one more score for the first half starting at their own 34. Garrett passed to Chance Sherrill for 15. Garrett rushed for 11 and Ward went nine. An incomplete pass followed. Ward then blasted 31-yards behind the offensive line blocking for the final Eagle score of the first half. The O-line of Donn Miller, Will Holcomb, Tyler Moerbe, Tyler Meyer, Jace Jones, and Kevin Johnson did an excellent job in the contest as Lexington rushed 331 yards on the night.

Lexington started the second half by being selfish. The Eagles took the kick off and drove the length of the field. Lexington ran off 14 plays that took seven minutes and 37 seconds off the time clock. Garrett followed the Eagle blocking into the end zone from two-yards out. Martinez toed the PAT to up the score 41-0. One play after the kick off, Smithville fumbled and Avahn Crumb came up with the football. Murray circled around left end from 10-yards out for the TD. The Martinez PAT kick made it 48-0. There was one more score in the third period as Garrett passed to Rheim Petterson for his third TD pass of the night. The score stood 54-0 at the end of the period.

Lexington began to substitute in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done to the Tigers. Smithville had little success against the fresh defensive players. A punt was returned 80 yards by Washington that was called back by a penalty. Smithville tried to pass, Murray jump up and tipped the ball to himself for an interception. With Washington at quarterback some and at running back some, he took a handoff zipping through the Tiger defense for 48-yards and the final Lexington TD of the night.

The Eagle defense was led by the twins, Chance and Chace Sherrill. Chance was credited with 16 tackles and Chace with 13 stops. The rest of the defense: Crumb, Murray, Moerbe, Holcomb and Miller, did a solid job during the contest.

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