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2010-11-11 / Sports

Lexington JV enjoying that winning feeling!

by Mark Strain

A great look at the JV Defense! PHOTO BY DR. MARK STRAIN. A great look at the JV Defense! PHOTO BY DR. MARK STRAIN. The Lexington JV Eagles came into the Rogers game just having won their second game of the year and fully aware of all the excitement of the impending varsity match on Friday night facing a Rogers JV that had only lost one game all season. Lexington’s #9 Zach Lay took the opening kick off and returned it to the 26 yard line when he was hit and fumbled the ball out of bounds. Lexington went on a short drive with two running plays by Eriq Mitchell and a pass to Lay when Mitchell went 55 yards left for the first score of the night. 6-0 Lexington. On the ensuing kick off, Rogers fumbled and Lexington recovered on the Rogers 24 yard line, however they were held on downs and gave it back to Rogers a short while later. Rogers likewise turned it back over to Lexington on downs. On the next set of downs, Lexington went down the field capping the drive with a 15 yard touchdown run around the right side by Mitchell. With 36 seconds in the first, Lexington now led 12-0.

In the second period Rogers ran 60 yards up the middle and tacked on 2 more to narrow the Lexington lead to 12-8. Zachary Lay took the kick off and returned it to the Rogers 49. Mitchell went left for 18, a Jacob Snyder completed pass went for 8 more then a pass to the left to Corey Strain went 15 more yards until he was hit and fumbled. On the way down Corey was able to shed his tackler and recovered his own fumble to keep the Lexington drive going. The drive was capped off with another 9 yards by Mitchell and Lay got 2 more for an extra point conversion pass completion. 20-8 Lexington with 5:44 left in the half. Rogers was driving when they busted up the middle for 55 yards only to be stopped short of the goal when Zach Lay pulled the runner down from behind. Two plays later the Rogers quarterback kept it up the middle for the second Rogers TD of the night. a 2 point conversion had a new score of 20-16 Lexington. Rogers then attempted a pooch kick, but it was covered nicely by #17 Chris Johnson. Lexington was held and Lay stepped back to punt, but a bad snap had #9 scrambling, only to come up short of the first down marker giving the ball back to Rogers. Rogers started another good drive and busted 30 yards down the right only to be stopped short by Mitchell. With time running out, Rogers fumbled the ball. It was recovered by Lexington and the coaches decided to take a knee to end the half.

Rogers started the third quarter but were held and gave the ball to Lexington. Lexington went 11 yards left by Mitchell and then 55 yard pass to Lay for another touchdown. Jacob Snyder added 2 more and the new score became 28-16 Lexington. Rogers took the kick off but on the second play they fumbled and #79 Christian Green grabbed the ball back for Lexington. Lexington was held and turned the ball over on downs. Rogers started on their 25 yard line and on the second play they fumbled again this time #72 Stephen Rasco of Lexington recovered the ball. The third period ended 28-16.

In the fourth period Mitchell went right 14 yards then left 8 yards before coming out of the game with a minor injury. #24 Jacob Snyder stepped up and ran the ball 7 yards for the next Lexington score. 34-16 Lexington. On the kick off Rogers took the ball and made a sprint for the corner when the containment man #1 Corey Strain went for an open field tackle and instead wound up stripping the ball and recovering another Rogers fumble. Lay then caught a 22 yard pass and Mitchell went the last 10 yards to make the score 40-16 Lexington with 6:13 left in the fourth. On the next set of downs, Rogers was able to add the last points of the night to bring the score to 40-24. They attempted an onside kick and recovered it only to have the last drive of the night stall as time ran out and Lexington JV winning 40-24.

The hard work and effort of the sub-varsity teams was evident as their abilities and performance improved each week. While the middle school football season is over and now they will prepare for basketball season, the JV on the other hand will rise to defacto Varsity status as they continue to practice with Varsity as they prepare for the upcoming playoffs. Both JV and Varsity will meld into one team..The Varsity Lexington Eagles...PLAYOFF BOUND!!!!!!!!!

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