District 12-2A II
Rogers and Franklin, Lexington’s opponents, won their first round games, leaving all three teams still in the post season tourney in the second round. What follows is a wrap up of the two games by Philip Kalmbach.
Rogers Eagles 28 Leon-Jewitt Cougars 27
In the other playoff game featuring a District 12-2AII team, the Rogers Eagles found themselves in an unexpected tight contest against the Leon-Jewitt Cougars. Rogers, coming off of last week’s loss to the Lexington Eagles, was without their starting quarterback who was injured late in the game against Lexington and Rogers started in a bit of a funk. The Cougars jumped out to an early lead and led at half-time 21- 14.
The second half saw Rogers get its mojo back and come back to limit the Cougars to one touchdown while scoring two of their own. A missed extra-point try cost the Cougars the opportunity to tie the game.
Rogers moves on to face the very tough New London-West Rusk Raiders with the time and site to be determined.
Axtell Longhorns 12 Franklin Lions 42
In a match-up between the District 12-2AII Franklin Lions and the District 11-2AII Axtell Longhorns, the Franklins Lions pounced early and often in winning their Bi-District playoff game.
After trading punts in the first quarter, Franklin went on an impressive and time consuming drive that resulted in a three yard touchdown for Dimitri Witherspoon. Following another Longhorn punt, Franklin scored on a 72 yard touchdown play with Luke Lowry running for 12 yards, fumbling, and Dimitri Witherspoon scooping up the ball and taking it in for another touchdown. Later in the second quarter, it was Witherspoon again scoring on a 54 yard touchdown run. The final scoring of the first half came from the Longhorns passing game with Justin Stranacher passing to Josh Reynolds for a 55 yard touchdown.
The second half started poorly for the Longhorns as Stranacher was pressured and fumbled with the Franklin defense stepping up returning the loose ball for a touchdown. With the game in hand, Franklin scored twice more with Witherspoon picking up another short touchdown run and Darius Floyd scoring on a 46 yard touchdown jaunt after Floyd had intercepted a Stanacher pass. The Longhorns were able to score once more, this time on a 30 yard Stanacher pass to Jacob Kubitza
Franklin now moves on to face the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs Thursday night at Crockett.