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2010-09-16 / Sports

Eagles Smoke Bees 33-0

by Mike Organ

The Academy ball carrier was completely overpowered by a flock of Eagles during last Friday night’s win over the Bees. Ray Gardener (72) makes the stop in heavy traffic. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Academy ball carrier was completely overpowered by a flock of Eagles during last Friday night’s win over the Bees. Ray Gardener (72) makes the stop in heavy traffic. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lexington defense played one of the stingiest games ever seen as the Eagles remained undefeated at 3-0. The defense allowed just seven-yards of total offense to the Division I-2A Academy team. It could have been a negative number except for a pass reception So dominating was the defense that in 12 possessions, Academy punted nine times, fumbled once, had a pass interception, and time expired at the end of the game. Zero first downs is almost unheard of in high school football.

While the defense was smothering the Academy offense, Lexington’s offense was methodically moving against the Bee defense. Kogan Garrett carried the ball 19 times for 80 yards as the Bee defense keyed on Xavier Ward. The X-Factor had 72 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. Josh Murray scored on a hitch pass from 23 yards out. The run after the catch was something to watch as he used his blockers perfectly on his way to the end zone. Jason Washington notched the other TD on a nifty 40-yard punt return.

Rhiem Petterson (24) makes a stop on a Bee kick returner. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Rhiem Petterson (24) makes a stop on a Bee kick returner. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The first quarter was a defensive struggle. Academy had the first of their nine three and outs. Lexington got two first downs on their first possession, one on a 37-yard pass to Murray. The drive bogged down as the Eagles turned it over on downs.

After another three and out by Academy, Lexington did the same. On fourth down, one of the best individual plays of the night happened as the punt snap sailed over Chace Sherrill’s head. He tracked down the ball and ran to his right to get the punt away with the Bees swarming around.

Late in the first quarter, Lexington got their offense in gear. The Eagles went on a 14-play, 88- yard drive to score the game’s first TD. Ward went up the middle for five-yards with 6:54 left in the quarter. The PAT kick was wide left. Lexington had an excellent opportunity to score on the next possession. A short Bee punt of 10 yards put the Eagles in good field position. After a first down, a fumble stopped the drive.

After another three and out by Academy, the punt was picked up on a bounce by Jason Washington. 40-yards later he was in the end zone with the second score of the quarter. Antonio Martinez added the PAT for a 13-0 Eagle lead that held until half time.

Lexington took the second half kick off and marched 50-yards to the end zone, using 6:14 of time off the clock. Ward took the ball across the line from one-yard out. Martinez toed the PAT for a 20-0 lead. After Academy ran their three plays and punted, the Eagles scored another TD. Garrett ran for 20-yards. The hitch pass to Murray provided the means for a 26-0 Eagle lead.

A 53-yard completion to Donny Havard put Lexington in position for the last score of the night. A 10-yard run by Garrett and an 11- yard scoring run by Ward added to the Lexington numbers. Martinez toed the PAT for the final 33-0 score with 1:05 left in the game.

The quick, blitzing defense was the show this night. Brandon Meyer recovered a fumble. The line of Tyler Moerbe, Avahn Crumb, Donn Miller, and Will Holcomb did an excellent job in front of the linebackers. The Sherrill boys, Chance and Chace, led the back seven in attacking the Bee offense. The defensive backs did such a good job of covering the potential Bee receivers that the quarterback lost 37 yards trying to get a pass to his receivers.

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