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2011-09-15 / Sports

Eagles Go Hunting in Geronimo

by Mike Organ

Lexington travels to Geronimo Friday night to take on Class 3A Navarro High. The Panthers are 1-1 on the season. They defeated Luling 43-22 on opening night. The second game they lost a close one to San Antonio Christian 10- 8. Last week Navarro defeated San Antonio Antonian 42-14, a large private school.

Navarro was 11-3 last season. They lost to Lexington once and Wimberley twice: One loss in district play to Wimberley and another in the Class 3A quarterfinals. The Panthers return four offensive and five defensive starters from that team.

The Panthers are primarily a running team that likes to root it out with their linemen. They will run, run, run the ball and then pass when you least expect it as they did to score their two TD’s late in the game against the Eagles in the last meeting. Running back Eric Schleier rushed for 1, 659 yards last season. Only 37 of those yards came against Lexington. Schleier rushed 33 times for 172 yards against Antonian. The other featured running back L. J. Anderson gained a whopping 45 steps against the Eagle D last season. Anderson toted the pigskin 15 times for 110 yards in the victory over Antonian. Navarro rushed 62 times for 364 yards and completed three passes for 134 yards in amassing 498 yards of total offense last week.

The Panther defense is quick and tough, the Eagles can not take them lightly. They allowed Antonian 212 yards last week, mostly in the first half. Navarro’s slow methodical offense is their best defensive player, since you don’t have the football.

The Panthers compete in District 26-AAA against schools more than twice their size. They made it to the quarterfinals last season and are picked to advance to the playoffs again this season.

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