Eagles Rout Corrigan-Camden 56-25
When everything is going right, life is grand. Life was grand for the Lexington Eagles Friday night in Fairfield. Every part of the Eagle team was going smoothly. The offense was clicking like never before; the defense was its usual hard hitting self, and the special teams made significant contributions.
That said, the ball game started off badly when Corrigan- Camden’s Eric Durham went around the right side of the Eagle defense for a 48-yard scoring run. The PAT kick was wide as the CC fans were delirious. That was the end of the delirium.
Josh Murray returned the kick off to the Eagle 41-yard line. On first down Kogan Garrett passed to Jason Washington for 49 yards. Xavier Ward then zipped the final 10-yards for the first Eagle score. Antonio Martinez added the PAT to put Lexington in the lead for good with 9:42 left in the first quarter.
Lexington’s defense made CC go three and out. Lexington started a drive from the Eagle 36. The Eagles drove the ball until Ward fumbled the ball after a hard hit and the Bulldogs recovered. On the second play a Chance Sherrill hit caused a fumble. Sherrill then recovered setting up Lexington on the CC 31-yard line. Xavier Ward popped into the end zone on the first play. Martinez toed the PAT for a 14-6 lead.
One play after the kick off return, Corrigan’s Durham fumbled the quarterback exchange. Josh Murray recovered the miscue at 3:44 left in the first period. On first Ward rushed for a yard, Garrett was stopped for no gain. On third down, lightening struck. Garrett dropped back behind good blocking. He launched a perfectly thrown pass to the streaking Murray for a 43-yard scoring play. Martinez was good with the kick again. Lexington led 21-6.
On the kick off, the Bulldog receiver misplayed the kick and Anthony Robbins scooped up the ball and ran into the end zone. The officials ruled it was “a muff”, so Lexington got the ball at the 24- yard line of the Bulldogs.
Ward scored for the third time in the first quarter on the first play. With the kick, Lexington led 28-6 with 2:17 left in the first quarter. That ended the offensive explosion in the first quarter for Lexington.
With 8:36 left in the second quarter Ward stepped into the end zone for the fourth time from twoyards out. With the Martinez kick the score stood Lexington 35-6. After another stand by the Eagle “D” CC went three and out. A great punt rolled dead at the Eagle two-yard line. The Eagles needed three-plays to score. On first down Ward rushed for 11 yards. On the second play Ward got 37 more yards. On third down, Garrett ran the option to the left. When the Bulldog defender closed on him, he lateraled to Washington for the final 50-yards
With the kick, Lexington led 42- 7 at the half.
In the first half, Lexington had 364 yards total offense, 208 rushing and 156 passing. Corrigan-Camden had 74-yards, all rushing, with 48 yards coming on the first TD. CC had 26-yards the rest of the half.
The second half was tame compared to the first quarter. CC scored on a 15-yard pass to Durham with 8:03 left in the third quarter. The PAT run failed again.
The touchdown fired up Lexington to score again. After the kick off, Ward rushed for nine and Garrett for six. Ward then added his fifth TD of the night with a 30-yard cruise into the end zone. Martinez made it 49-12 Lexington.
Lexington put its final score on the board early in the fourth quarter as Garrett punched it in from the one for the final Eagle sixpointer of the night. Martinez made it 56-12.
Corrigan-Camden added two scores late in the game against reserves and members of the Eagle JV that had been promoted for the playoffs.
Chance Sherrill led the team with 13 tackles, a force fumble, and a fumble recovery. Chace Sherrill had a good game also with 11 tackles, and a fumble recovery. Josh Murray forced a fumble, had the fumble recovery, broke up a pass, and had a quarterback pressure. Rhiem Petterson had eight tackles and a pass break up. Anthony Robbins had eight tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams. Todd Glass is getting better each week since he took over the starting defensive end job. Ward was quite impressive in limited time on defense with two critical tackles.
The special teams play was great. The kick off coverage was good and the field goal group was excellent. Tyler Moerbe had great snaps; Chance Sherrill held all the PAT attempts well, and Antonio Martinez is getting better with each kick. The punt coverage on the two puts by Sherrill was very good.
A smooth running engine hitting on all cylinders is a beautiful thing to hear. A football team with all parts performing great was a beautiful thing to see last Friday.