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2011-06-23 / Sports

Eagles Ranked High by TF

by Mike Organ

According to Texas Football’s predictions, the 2011 Lexington Eagles will finish the season almost as late as they did in the 2010 season. TF has the Eagles ranked as the #5 team in the state and as the Class 2A Division II Region III champion. TF expects Schulenburg to win Region IV, beat Lexington in the semi-finals, and lose to Paul Pewitt in the championship game.

Kogan Garrett is chosen as the preseason offensive MVP of the football district. The selection is based on his 2,606 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. Garrett also rushed 180 times for 632 yards and 9 touchdowns. That is 3,238 yards total offense and 38 touchdowns, which is almost half of Lexington’s season total of 80 six-pointers.

Back also is Garrett’s leading receiver from last year, Josh Murray. Murray had 53 receptions for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns. Murray also rushed 24 times for 203 yards and four more scores. Murray is the most exciting player on the field once he gets the ball in the semi-open field. He makes players miss on sure tackles and is a threat to go all the way every time he touches the football.

Jason Washington is another exciting receiver Garrett has to work with. Washington caught 26 passes last season for 531 yards and six touchdowns. Washington also rushed 24 times for 236 yards. Washington is also an exciting punt returner for the Eagles, returning two for scores last season and nearly breaking others for backbreaking yardage.

The offensive line has some returnees. Will Holcomb returns at tackle, Kevin Green is back at guard, Antonio Washington started several games at guard, Tyler Meyer started 15 games at guard last season; however, Donn Miller is gone from the center position, Jace Jones from tackle, and Tyler Moerbe from the tight end position. Other players returning to the offensive line are: Ray Gardner, Raimond French, and Chase Hibbeler.

Defensively the Eagles are listed as returning only one starter which is not entirely correct. Washington, Murray, and Todd Glass started on defense last season for the Eagles. Gardner, Hibbeler, and Holcomb also played a lot on defense. The attacking defensive schemes employed by Coach Kirk Muhl will take time to implement this season due to the loss of Chance and Chace Sherrill, who were coaches on the field. Also missing will be all-state defensive tackle Anthony Robbins and four-year starter Tyler Moerbe at end.

With all this said, Texas Football predicts Lexington will be the #5 team in the state. The Coaches Poll predicts the Eagles to be #3. Either are lofty expectations for the Eagles, but it is credit to Coach Jason Holcomb and staff that the Eagles don’t have to rebuild, just reload.

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