2011-09-08 / Sports

Eagles Soar Past Blanco

by Mike Organ

Lexington’s Jacob Warner blocks a Blanco player attempting to get at A.J. Flot, who is heading toward the goal with the ball. 
PHOTO BY KELLY MEYER. Lexington’s Jacob Warner blocks a Blanco player attempting to get at A.J. Flot, who is heading toward the goal with the ball. PHOTO BY KELLY MEYER. Lexington used a potent ground game, along with its passing game, to defeat the Blanco Panthers 32-7. Lexington used its running game and a stifling defense led by Antonio Washington to send the Panthers back to the Hill Country with its second loss of the season.

Lexington took the lead with a 45-yard pass play to Josh Murray. Kogan Garrett tossed a hitch pass to Murray in the flat, he picked up a block, and broke two arm tackles as he blazed his way to the end zone. Zach Lay toed the extra point to give Lexington a 7-0 lead.

Blanco took the ensuing kick off and started a methodical march down the field. The drive took the final 4:29 off the first period clock and the first eight seconds off the second quarter. A 34-yard pass play caught Lexington napping and with the PAT kick tied the score at seven. That was Blanco’s last hurrah.

Lexington answered with a score on their next possession. A nine- play 66- yard drive put Lexington in the lead for good. The big play was again a pass from Garrett to Murray. This 36- yard pass play was stopped at the Blanco 19-yard line. A.J. Flot carried to the six, Cash Flot moved the ball to the one, and Garrett did the honors for the final yard. The PAT was blocked and the score stood 13-7 Lexington.

Blanco again appeared to have the answer to this score, but Zach Lay made a big defensive play by intercepting a Panther pass in the end zone as the ball bounced off the receiver’s hands. Lexington moved the ball from the 20-yard line to the Blanco 46-yard line. Lay then punted the ball 40-yards as it rolled out of bounds at the Panther six-yard line.

Blanco ran the ball for three yards on first down. Coach Jason Holcomb called the Eagles’ final time out with 16 seconds left. Why call a defensive time out? Because on the next play, Antonio Washington forced a fumble, which was picked up by Josh Murray and returned for a TD with eight seconds left in the half. Lay added the PAT kick for a 20-7 halftime lead for Lexington.

The third quarter was a special quarter in that Lexington controlled the football for 9:34 of he 12 minutes. Lexington took the kick off and went three and out in 2:23. Blanco also went three and out in 2:26. With that they said good bye to the football for the rest of the quarter. After a Blanco punt went out of bounds at the Eagle four-yard line, the Eagles mounted a drive that would cover the remaining 96 yards and use 7:11 of the 7:18 remaining in the period. Garrett again did the honors for the last yard for the score. A bad snap and scramble produced an incomplete pass on the PAT. Lexington led 26-7.

Lexington scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter. It was only a 16-yard trip due to a bad snap on fourth down. Lexington took four plays after a holding penalty. Garrett tossed a beautiful pass to Jason Washington for a 20-yard score. The PAT kick was blocked to leave the score 32-7.

Antonio Washington led the Eagle defense, making tackles all over the field. Todd Glass, Murray, and Eriq Mitchell made plays stopping the Blanco offense the entire second half. Lexington held Blanco to 108 yards total offense for the game. A lot of that was the sacking of the quarterback that counts against the rushing total.

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