Franks(done); Eagles Win Area
Lexington defeated Frankston 21-13 Friday night at beautiful Waco ISD stadium. The win moves Lexington into the Regional Semifinals against Corrigan Camden Friday night. The game was tightly contested the entire night. Lexington scored all 21 points in the second quarter after a scoreless first quarter for both teams.
Lexington won the toss and elected to defer as is their modus operandi. The two teams traded offensive possessions in the first quarter moving the ball sporadically. The first team to make a mistake was Lexington. Jason Washington tried to field a bouncing punt, but failed. Frankston recovered the muff and looked like it had momentum. The mighty Eagle ‘D’ allowed the Indians eight yards on first down, but stopped the next play for a two-yard loss. A three-yard gain made it fourth and one. The Sherrill boys shot through the line to bring the crucial play to a stop for a fiveyard loss. Lexington had the ball back just a little later at their 45- yard line.
Lexington then marched 55- yards on 13 plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Even that score did not come easy. Big plays on the drive were two pass plays from Kogan Garrett to Josh Murray. The first for 17-yards was on a 3rd and five and the second, a 13-yarder, came on a 3rd and 8 situation. After a couple of Xavier Ward and Garrett runs the Eagles had a first and goal at the fouryard line. Garrett got nothing on first down. Ward got three on second down. With the ball on the one-yard line Ward got nothing on third down. A power sweep on fourth down caused the Indians to charge the oncoming Ward. At the critical point, Ward raised up and tossed the ball to a wide open Tyler Moerbe in the end zone for the first score. Antonio Martinez added the PAT for a 7-0 Lexington lead with 8:35 left in the half.
Frankston did not allow the Lexington lead to last long. Frankston’s Damon Birch returned the kick off 34-yards to the 42-yard line. On the first play the Frankston quarterback, Jamal Allen, bobbled the snap from the center. After he corralled the ball, he found a seam on the right side of the Eagle defense. 58-yards later he was in the end zone. Jose Chavez’ kick tied the game 21 seconds later.
Lexington took the ensuing kick off and marched for a score. After Josh Murray returned the kick off 19-yards to the Eagle 48, Lexington ran off nine plays to take the lead for good. With the Indians looking at Ward and the receivers, Garrett used his feet to lead to the score. Garrett had runs of 17, 20, and 7 yards to move the ball down to the 10-yard line. A roll to the left side of the field caused the entire defense to move that way. Garrett found Logan Meuth all alone on the right side of the field for the Eagles’ second TD. Martinez’ kick was good.
Frankston had trouble fielding the kick off. Once the runner picked up the ball he carried it loosely in his right arm. A good hard hit by the Eagles caused a fumble that the kicker, Martinez, recovered and headed to the goal. He was stopped at the 40-yard line. Ward rushed for three yards, Murray ran for three, and then the Eagles fumbled the ball back to Frankston.
Frankston threw an incomplete pass on first down. On second down the Indian’s quarterback, Jamal Allen, dropped back to pass, Ward put a hard rush on to get to Allen. As he spun Allen around, the ball came to Ward. The Xfactor took the ball into the end zone uncontested for the Eagles final TD of the night. Martinez toed the PAT for a 21-7 lead.
After the score, the teams traded possessions before time ran out in the first half.
The third quarter was like a fumble party in the third quarter, except this time is was interceptions. Frankston was able to intercept a Garrett aerial. Two plays later Martinez intercepted a Frankston pass to give the ball back to Lexington. Garrett rushed for 33 yards on three carries to move the ball quickly up the field. A holding call caused the drive to stall out and Sherrill punted 42 yards to get Lexington out of trouble and put the ball deep into Frankston territory. Three and out got the ball back to Lexington.
As Garrett was moving to the side, he got hit from behind popping the ball out. Frankston recovered the fumble at their own 49-yard line. A holding call moved Frankston back to the 39-yard line. Frankston’s Michael Warren got behind the Eagle defense and the Indian quarterback hit him in stride for a 61-yard scoring play.
The Eagle defense was now in charge of the game. They responded well, but not without excitement. On third and seven the QB got free and was horsecollared. The penalty resulted in a 10-yard penalty and a first down. Frankston moved slowly down the field until 2:16 was left in the game. On the next third down, Frankston tried a quarterback throwback. The defense sniffed out the play and denied the pass. QB Jamal Allen tried to connect with twin Jabralon in the end zone, but the pass was overthrown due to pressure from the Eagle defensive front.
The Eagles took over and were trying to run out the clock. Ward put on a great exhibition in the two minute clock killing. Ward rushed for two, nine, and 28 yards to salt the game away. The Eagles went into the victory formation and knelt the ball to end the game.
Chace and Chance led the Eagle defense. Chace had 11 tackles and Chance 10. Each had a pass break up. Tyler Moerbe had seven tackles and a sack as did Josh Murray. Anthony Robbins had six stops and a quarterback pressure. Ward had six tackles, a forced fumble and recovery, and a sack. Martinez had five tackles to go with his fumble recovery and interception. Todd Glass and Rheim Petterson had three stops each.