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Eagles Go To State Playoffs

The Lexington Eagles, along with the Cheerleaders and some fans, celebrate after winning the State Semi Final game last Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lexington Eagles, along with the Cheerleaders and some fans, celebrate after winning the State Semi Final game last Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. The Lexington Eagles will play in the State Championship against the Idalou Wildcats in the Class 2A Division II game this Saturday, December 18. Kickoff will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. This year’s undefeated Eagle team will play for the State Championship for the first time in 32 years.

After a win of 45 to 24 against then-#1-ranked Refugio last week in Cypress, the entire Lexington community anticipates the Eagles bringing home the state’s top prize for high school football. Eagles Named Army Strong Team of the Week

Going in to Saturday’s state competition, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football (texasfootball.com) announced this week that the Lexington High School Eagles football team has been named the Army Strong Team of the Week for Division 2A. The Lexington Eagles were chosen for this honor because of their teamwork, dedication, discipline, personal courage and integrity, values shared by U.S. Army Soldiers.

“The U.S. Army is recognizing the student-athletes at Lexington High School for demonstrating qualities similar to those exhibited by its Soldiers. Student-athletes and Soldiers share similar values, but more importantly they must be mentally, emotionally and physically strong,” said CPT David Tolleson.

“We expect to see some of these young men competing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the college level, or maybe even professionally in the future.”

Each week, TexasFootball.com and the U.S. Army join together to select one team from every classification in high school football that demonstrated the qualities exhibited within the Army - those include leadership, commitment to excellence and a desire to make a difference as a member of a team. Each is awarded the Army Strong Team of the Week by local officials from the U.S. Army at a school assembly or pep rally. Charter Bus Will Take Fans to the Game

A charter bus for Lexington fans is being arranged to take Eagle fans to Saturday’s State Championship game for $30 per person. The bus will leave from the Square in downtown Lexington at 11:30 Saturday morning. There are 30 seats available and all seats must be filled by Thursday. Reservations can be made by calling the Lexington Chamber of Commerce at 979-773-4337 or Nancy Perry at 979-773-2346. Reservations will be on a first call first seat basis.

KRXT 98.5 FM out of Rockdale will broadcast the game live on Saturday. The Leader’s sports writer, Mike Organ, will be a halftime feature during that broadcast, talking about this year’s great season and the 1978 Eagle team that went to state. Also, FoxSportsSouthwest.com will provide a live web cast of all the state championship games being played at the Mansfield stadium on Saturday.

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