Eagles Throttle Thorndale
Lexington hammered Thorndale in the first half and cruised to a 36- 9 win over the Bulldogs. The two teams engaged in a spirited, hardhitting contest. Lexington’s defense tried their best to make the Thorndale ball-carriers not want the ball with some clean, ribrattling hits. Xavier Ward ran with unprecedented authority, hammering potential tacklers, breaking tackles, and leaving battered ‘Dogs’ in his trail.
Lexington started early, marching down the field after taking the opening kick off. Jason Washington took the kick off at his 14 and returned it 41-yards to the Thorndale 45. Ward rushed for nine and seven yards on the first two snaps. A penalty moved Lexington back to the Thorndale 39-yard line. Kogan Garrett passed to Washington for nine and Ward hammered forward for six and a first down. Chace Sherrill took an inside handoff on a misdirection play and scooted 19- yards for the TD. Thorndale was offside on the PAT try. The halfthe distance penalty gave Lexington an opportunity for two. A halfback sweep pass was the call. The toss from Josh Murray to Anthony Robbins put Lexington up 8-0.
Avahn Crumb intercepted the pitch or stole the ball on a Thorndale play on the Bulldogs’ second offensive play. After getting the ball, Lexington ran nine plays but failed to score. The Eagles gained 35-yards but were penalized 40 during the possession. The first period ended with Lexington up 8-0.
Lexington’s next drive started late in the first quarter and ended at 8:58 of the second period after a 10-play drive that covered the 60- yards. The drive featured six carries by Ward and four by Garrett. Ward’s sixth carry went into the end zone. Antonio Martinez added the PAT. This was the beginning of the rout. A center snap over the head of the punter resulted in a 17-yard loss on fourth down for Thorndale. Garrett rushed twice and threw a 23-yard pass to Rheim Petterson that carried to the one. Garrett then walked in with the next score. The PAT made it 22-0.
The next Eagle drive featured one of the best offensive plays’ of the season. Garrett passed to Ward circling out of the backfield. As Ward received the ball, a Thorndale defender came up to tackle Ward, Xavier hit the defender so hard the defenders’ helmet flew off and the defender grabbed Ward’s facemask for a penaly. Not only did the pass play gain 25-yards but the penalty added another seven as a half-thedistance penalty. Garrett then passed to Chace Sherrill for the TD. Martinez’ PAT made it 29-0 with :08 showing on the clock.
Thorndale took the ball to start the second half. After a first down the Dogs went three and out. A 50-yard punt pinned Lexington back deep in their own territory. Lexington made some yardage but penalties held them back. Sherrill’s punt was blocked out of the end zone for a safety on fourth down. Following the safety, Lexington kicked off their own 20. Thorndale returned to the 45-yard line. A 25- yard pass play put Thorndale in great shape. Josh Murray ended the threat when he intercepted a Thorndale pass in the end zone.
The interception just delayed Thorndale from scoring. Sherrill punted 36-yards but Thorndale returned it 47-yards. Thorndale scored on the first play after the return. That ended the Thorndale scoring for the night.
Later in the fourth quarter a hard Lexington hit separated the ball from the Thorndale ball carrier. Brandon Meyer recovered the ball. Three carries and 11-yards later Ward was back with a TD.
The Eagle defense was again spectacular. The Eagle D held Thorndale to 115-yards total. 60 passing and 55 total rushing plus a bunch of bruises. Chance Sherrill led the team in tackles with 12. Anthony Robbins had a good night on the defensive line. Avahn Crumb had the early take away. Brandon Meyer had a fumble recovery and two sacks of the quarterback. Murray had the pick in the end zone to stymie another Thorndale scoring attempt.
Lexington is now 8-0 for the season with two games left in the regular season. The Eagles are in the playoffs. Two teams the Eagles could tie with if they lose both final games, Thorndale and Franklin, have both lost to Lexington. The final game of the season will determine if Lexington is first place representative or second.