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We are the Champions!!

by Mike Organ

Lexington Eagles won the District Championship last Friday night in Rogers.

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for Lexington, Jason Holcomb, said, “The last time we won District was in 2006, when we went into the playoffs undefeated. Before that, I think it was 1999 when the Eagles won District and were again undefeated going in to the playoffs. That year, we lost in the first round. Prior to that, I think the Eagles won District in 1978.”

Lexington defeated Rogers 35- 14 to win the District 12-AA Division II championship. Rogers was not ready for Lexington’s speed and quickness on offense or defense. The contest was a hard hitting, spirited contest that was not as close as most expected.

Lexington scored on their first possession of the game. Rogers took the opening kickoff and ran six short plays, getting one first down before punting to Lexington. Kogan Garrett rushed for seven yards on second down, and then passed to Xavier Ward for a 33- yard pass/run play. After Ward hammered for four yards, Garrett threw a bubble screen pass to Josh Murray. Murray shook a defender, picked up some sealing blocks, and burst 43 yards for the touchdown. Antonio Martinez added the first of five PAT kicks. Lexington led 7-0 at 6:33.

Rogers had the ball for five more plays the first quarter as Lexington’s offense took the ball and marched methodically down the field. The drive stalled out at the Rogers’ six yard line. Lexington lined up for a Martinez field goal. But it was a fake as Chance Sherrill passed into the end zone; however, the ball fell incomplete. Rogers ran two plays as the first quarter ended.

Rogers got a first down on the first play of the second quarter. After that, things went haywire. A penalty on second down for motion hurt. On third and five Rogers tried to pass. The Rogers quarterback was hit as he tried to throw the pass. The ball bounced around without touching the ground. Avahn Crumb actually corralled the ball between his legs. He pulled it up and returned it a few yards toward the Rogers’ goal. On third and long, Garrett threw a high pass to the back of the end zone. Murray rose up to make a great catch and get his feet down for the score with 8:39 left in the second quarter. Lexington led 14-0.

With just 11 seconds left in the first half, Garrett threw to Rheim Petterson for a 23-yard scoring play. The play capped a 17-play, 85-yard drive. The drive was passoriented as Garrett passed on 9 of the 17 plays. He ran twice to advance the ball. The big play on the drive, other than the scoring play, was a 22-yard pass/run play to Murray.

On the kick return after the kick off, Anthony Robbins rocked the returner so hard the ball popped loose. The ever-present Brandon Meyer scooped up the ball for his sixth fumble recovery of the season. Lexington called a deep pass but Garrett only had time to toss it to Petterson for 17-yards.

At halftime Garrett had thrown next to his last pass of the night. The Eagle offense was groundbased the entire second half. On the first play of the second half, a pass to Chace Sherrill gained nothing. Lexington went three and out. Rogers got a first down on their possession before punting.

On first down, Ward went around the right side of the Eagle offense, broke free, and led everyone 77 yards to the end zone. Lexington led 28-0. Rogers then showed a little life as they moved down the field following the kick off to score. This made the score 28-7.

After the kick off, it appeared Rogers’ defense had caused Lexington to go three and out. It appeared so, but….

Lexington snapped the ball to the up man in punt formation, who just happened to be Josh Murray. He ran an option play to the left, kept the ball, and 53 yards later, the scoreboard read 35-7 Lexington with 11:15 left in the game.

Rogers scored once more with 6:51 left in the game. Lexington held the ball for seven plays until needing a punt. Rogers’ conservative offense ran 10-plays without scoring. Even so Lexington had the ball 29:42 to Rogers’ 18:18.

With the Eagle offense being so dominating, the defense was rested and able to play the vaunted Rogers’ running attack with quickness and hard hitting. The Rogers running game made 180 yards on the night. The unadvertised Rogers passing game got 113 yards for the night as the Black Eagles garnered 293 total yards.

The Eagle defense was not dominating as usual. The D played solidly but gave up a couple of long pass plays. The Sherrill’s, Chance and Chace, played their usual game. Anthony Robbins, Donn Miller, Will Holcomb, Tyler Moerbe, Brandon Meyer, the Sherrills, Josh Murray, Rheim Petterson, and Xavier Ward did a great job of controlling the Rogers’ offense.

The following defensive stats came from the coaches after watching films: Chance Sherrill had 19 tackles and one QB pressure; Anthony Robbins had 14 tackles, one forced fumble, two pass breakups, one QB pressure and one sack; Josh Murray had 13 tackles; Chace Sherrill had 11 tackles; Antonio Martinez had nine tackles; Avahn Crumb had nine tackles and an interception; Rhiem Petterson had nine tackles; Tyler Moerbe had eight tackles; Brandon Meyer had seven tackles and one fumble recovery and Will Holcomb had five tackles.

The Eagles got a buy on the first game of the playoffs. They’ll face the winner of the first game in next week.

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