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2010-12-02 / Sports

Eagles vs. West Rusk in Regional Final

by Mike Organ

Lexington will play New London West Rusk in the Class 2A-Division 2 Regional finals Friday night in Hewitt at Midway High School. Game time will be 7:30.

The West Rusk Raiders are a formidable bunch that has scored at will until the rematch with Arp last week and in a September 4th loss to White Oak. West Rusk’s first encounter with Arp was a 27-7 win in the last week of the regular season. In the rematch a week ago, West Rusk prevailed only 23-21. In the second game of the season, West Rusk lost to White Oak 42-41 in a game between former district foes. The rest of West Rusk’s wins this season: WR 52 Redwater 36, WR 33 New Diana 7, WR 32 Jefferson 14, WR 54 Teneha 31, WR 48 Union Grove 16, WR 54 Frankston 6, WR 63 Winona 6, WR 68 Joaquin 0, WR 57 Rogers 23.

Chris Johnson has been the big contributor to the WR offense. He is 6’, 180 lb. speedster who runs and catches passes for the Raiders. The Raiders have several players the size of Johnson. Quarterback Josh Medford directs the offense. Medford is 6’1”, 190 lb., with 4.6 speed.

The Raiders have put up big offensive numbers in scoring. The defense has given up some big numbers also. White Oak put up 42, Redwater 36, Teneha 31 and Rogers 23. The defense averages giving up 17 points per game. Cornerback Chris Savala is the leading defender. Savala has been in on 162 tackles to lead the team. Josh Medford is second with 116 stops from a linebacker position. WR has been opportunistic on defense with 19 takeaways.

The Raider offense has been prolific against 2A competition this season. Every team WR has played this season has been a 2A team. Redwater, White Oak, New Diana, Jefferson, and Teneha are 2A Division 1 teams.

Johnson has been the man as far as stats for the Raiders. Wearing #3 he has rushed for 1031 yards on 99 carries and has passed for 1500 yards, completing 83 or 138. His favorite receiver has been Tony Gordon this season. Gordon has 32 receptions for 550 yards and seven TDs. #1, Brady Reily has 14 catches for 258 yards and three scores. James Jordan has 12 snags for 215 yards and four TDs.

The game has all the makings of an offensive shoot out, but the Lexington defense has not allowed more than 21 points in any game thus far. The Eagle defense will need to be at their best for this encounter.

Lexington should win by three points in a very interesting game.

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