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2010-09-09 / Sports

X-Factor Rushed Through Blanco Defense for Eagle Win

by Mike Organ

Xavier Ward breaks loose for some of his 120 rushing yards during the Eagles’ win over Blanco last Friday night. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Xavier Ward breaks loose for some of his 120 rushing yards during the Eagles’ win over Blanco last Friday night. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Xavier Ward, a.k.a. The X-Factor, was one BIG reason for the Eagle win over Blanco last Friday night. Ward rushed for 120 yards during the game. And when he needed a rest, Josh Murray slashed the Panthers for 70 more yards. The first quarter of the game, however, wasn’t reflective of what would turn out to be a 23 to 14 win for the Big Green Machine. Late in the first period, the Panthers intercepted an Eagle aerial at their own 35-yard line, which eventually led Blanco to the end zone and a successful extra point left the Panthers leading the board 7-0 with 11:19 left on the clock during the first quarter.

Lexington suffered another turnover on the second play after the kick off, but just when it looked like the halftime score would be 7-0, the Eagles awoke. Kogan Garrett hit Murray on a swing pass and a great clearing block by Ward allowed Murray to move the ball forward 39 yards. A few more plays involving Ward, Garrett, Ward and Garrett again and the Eagles had their first score of the game. Antonio Martinez added the PAT and the score was tied at seven going into the locker room at half.

Josh Murray and Chance Sherrill take down an airborne Blanco Panther. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Josh Murray and Chance Sherrill take down an airborne Blanco Panther. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Eagles were ready for the second half. Excllent performances by the Defense and many other plays, which included an option pass to Anthony Robbins, the catch of which was nothing short of spectacular, and Robbins scored as he lay on his back in the end zone. Martinez toed the PAT to give Lexington a 14-7 lead.

After the Eagle defense stopped Blanco following the TD, the Eagle offense worked from the Wishbone offense. Runs by Chace Sherrill, Ward, Murray and Garrett end with Ward going the final three for the score and Lexington leading 20-7.

Chace Sherrill stops another Blanco runner while Eagle “reinforcements” move in to ensure the take-down. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Chace Sherrill stops another Blanco runner while Eagle “reinforcements” move in to ensure the take-down. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Just when it seemed everything was going great for the Eagles, Blanco had no thought of giving up. After the Eagle TD, a 51-yard pass play put the Panthers right back in the game at 20-14.

After the quick score, The Lexington offense moved the ball. Sherrill busted a 48 yard punt that rolled dead at the Panther 35. A false start penalty moved the ball back to the 30. A no gain run was followed by a fumble which was recovered by Brandon Meyer at the 29. Two Ward rushes netted six yards. An incomplete pass set up a Martinez field goal try from the 30. Antonio was true with his kick giving Lexington a 23-14 lead. Blanco couldn’t do much else and their night was ended.

Once again the Eagles’ Killer Bee Defense was in top form. The center of the Eagle defense was held down by Donn Miller, Will Holcomb, and Robbins. Lexington’s quickness and understanding of the Blanco offense allowed them to destroy the Panther offense most of the night. Lexington is now 2-0 for the season and heading for Academy Friday night.

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