Lexington Scalps Geronimo 41-14
The Lexington Eagles finished up non-district action with a 41-14 win over Geronimo Navarro Friday night. The Eagle offense and defense contributed to the win. Kogan Garrett passed for three touchdowns and the defense scored twice on fumble recoveries.
The first Eagle score came on a Garrett to Xavier Ward pass for 29 yards. Ward took the short pass and blew through the Panther defense. The PAT kick failed and the first quarter ended 6-0.
On the first play of the second quarter Garrett threw a long pass to Jason Washington, who caught the ball on about the 10- yard line and cruised into scoring land. Chace Sherrill then passed to Ward for the twopoint PAT and a 14-0 lead.
Next up were two defensive scores. Navarro tried to run an option around the right side of the Eagle D. The quick penetrating defenders caused the quarterback to pitch the ball wildly. Avahn Crumb picked up the ball and sprinted 24-yards for the third Lexington score. Antonio Martinez added the PAT kick to up the Green lead 21-zip.
On the very next Panther possession, a hard tackle by Ward caused a fumble. Brandon Meyer scooped up this loose ball and went 42-yards for another Eagle score. Martinez was again true with his kick.
Navarro then came alive offensively. A 43-yard pass on a hide-out play got them on the board. A seven-play drive following a Lexington fumble closed the score to 28-14.
The third quarter started with a nice 21-kick off return by Jason Washington. Ward, the XFactor, took over. He rushed the ball five plays in a row, moving the ball to the 57-yard to the Navarro 10. A 27-yard Martinez field goal try was blocked by the Panthers.
The Panthers were still feeling a bit up from the last drive in the second quarter. They took the kick off and started moving the ball down the field. A fumble caused by the penetrating defense was recovered by the Eagles. That would basically be the end of the Panther offense for the night.
Lexington could not muster a drive with the possession. A punt exchange and penalty exchange had Lexington first and ten from their 28-yard line. A hitch pass to Josh Murray went 72-yards. Murray, a very exciting player when the Eagles get him the ball in space, makes outstanding moves and the other players like to get downfield to make those crunching pick-off blocks to help him.
The Panthers could not make any head way against the Eagle D. A 40-yard Panther punt was returned 34-yards by Washington to the Navarro 46. Six plays later, Garrett pushed into the end zone on a quarterback sneak. Martinez toed the PAT for the final score of 41-14.
Ward led the Eagles in rushing with 16 carries for 111 yards. The big story was Garrett passing for 211 yards and three touchdowns. There were some downfield completions as well hitch passes (long hand offs).
The defense was again led by Chance and Chace Sherrill. Coach Jason Holcomb said Rhiem Petterson, Tyler Moerbe, and Anthony Robbins had outstanding games. Petterson made an outstanding hustle play on the hide-out TD play. He chased the receiver down, making up 15-yards and tackling him just as he crossed the goal line.
The ultra-conservative Navarro offense was tough on the Eagles because of the size differential. Navarro managed 18 first downs, but the three lost fumbles cost them dearly. Of course the miscues were caused by the ever aggressive Eagle D.