Last Minute Scheduling Changes for Junior Varsity
In an ages old sub-varsity tradition, Thursday afternoon the Lexington Middle School football teams boarded the bus early and headed North to play Bruceville- Eddy. A few hours later the JV team boarded their bus and headed .... East?? Turns out the Bruceville-Eddy Eagles had disbanded their JV team pulling all players to Varsity. This left the Lexington JV Eagles with a hole in their schedule. The coaching staff scrambled around and set up JV showdown with the 1A Iola Bulldog JV team who had an open date. Because of the last minute scheduling, referees were in short supply and so Lexington’s very own Coach Leonard Lofland became the head referee for the game, allowing Coach Finley to call the defense and sending Head Coach Jason Holcomb into the fray as the JV offensive coordinator.
#4 Tito Perez took the opening kick off and returned the ball to the Iola 32 yard line. A few plays later #6 QB Eriq Mitchell ran 25 yards up the middle to make the score 6-0 as the extra point failed. After Iola received the ensuing kick off and started their drive, Lexington’s Mitchell stepped in front of a Bulldog pass and gave the ball back to Lexington. Lexington began their drive and capped it with a hitch pass to #9 Zachary Lay putting the score at 12-0. The rest of the first quarter was spent in a defensive struggle with both teams holding, forcing turnovers on downs.
The second quarter had Iola driving deep into Lexington territory when the Lexington defense picked another one, this time by Zach Lay in the end zone. The defenses showed up again with both teams forcing punts by the other team. At one point Mitchell busted up the middle for a touchdown only to have it returned on a holding call. A few plays later #24 Jacob Snyder was attempting a half back pass when he thought better and pulled it back running 17 yards eclipsing the pylon to change the score to 18-0 in Lexington’s favor. #22 Stevie Burleson jumped on the scoringtrain adding 2 more running right with 18 seconds left in the half.
The Bulldogs received the 3rd quarter kick off and had a nice drive working until a regenerated, rejuvenated and repaired #57 Marcus Casassa intercepted a pass returning it 57 yards for a Lexington touchdown. Marcus had previously broken his arm against Smithville and had only recently returned to JV action. Mr. Burleson added 2 more by running left. 28-0 Lexington. The next couple of series showcased the defenses again forcing turnovers on downs. With time winding down in the 3rd, Lexington was moving again. A 33 yard catch and run by #1 Corey Strain, a 34 yard tipped ball reception by #17 Chris Johnson, a short pass completed to #3 Jamyon Scott and finally a yard run up the middle by #6 Eriq Mitchell scored the next points. #24 Jacob Snyder went up the middle for 2 more making the score at the end of the 3rd 36-0.
The fourth quarter was more defense until the last 2 minutes when Burleson punched the ball in for Lexington’s last touchdown of the night and then he added more in the point after attempt. Iola took the kick off and showed a spark of life by throwing a 45 yard pass up the middle, 2 more short middle passes and capping the drive with a 13 yard pass into the cornerof the end zone. A sweep to the right for 2 more points ended the game with Lexington winning their second game of the season 44-8.
As a side note the game was played on Iola’s brand new football field in operation for only the 3rd week. Paid and approved for by an 11 million dollar bond. Included in the bond was a new elementary school.