Eagles Smoke Bees 41-20
Josh Murray had an exceptional night to lead the Lexington Eagles to a 41-20 win over the Little River Academy (LRA) Bumblebees. Murray scored on two pass receptions, a fumble return, and an interception return that did not count. He also scored on a pass reception that was nullified but rectified on the succeeding play.
Kogan Garrett had a great night also passing for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett also rushed for 82 yards to account for 271 yards total offense. Garrett directed the Eagles’ multiple offense with poise throughout the night.
Murray opened the scoring with a 49- yard “ scoop and score” culminating a strange set of events. A.J. Flot had fumbled on Lexington’s first offensive play at the Bee 47 yard line. On the next play, LRA’s Brock Griffiin fumbled, Murray recovered it, taking off to the goal line untouched. The PAT kick was wide to make the score 6- 0 Lexington.
LRA quickly answered as they moved down the field in six plays that covered 68 yards. The final 30 yards came on a pass play. The kick was wide and the score was tied 6-6. That was essentially the end of Academy’s night.
Lexington established their running game on the next series. Garrett ran twice for eight yards and then A.J. Flot zipped 60 yards for the score. The 74-yard drive took only 1:38 off the board. Lay’s kick was good to make the score 13-6 Lexington.
The Eagles did give LRA one more chance. Garrett completed a pass to Zach Lay who fumbled when hit by three defenders. On the second play after recovering the fumble, Murray stepped in to intercept a pass, returning it 85 yards for an apparent Eagle score. The referees called holding on the Eagles, nullifying the score.
Lexington was not discouraged by the penalty. The Eagles took the ball and marched 90 yards to put the score on the board anyway. The 90-yard, 10-play drive took 5:42 off the scoreboard clock. Garrett did the honors for Lexington making a nice 16-yard run for the TD. Garrett led the march passing or running on eight of the 10 plays. Zach Lay’s kick was good to make the score 20-6.
The next series of events says history does repeat itself in certain ways. The Eagles used their last time out when LRA had the ball near mid field. (Last week the ball was at the opponents nine-yard line.) On the next play Todd Glass jumped up from nowhere to make a spectacular interception and put the Eagles in offensive business. Garrett then directed the Eagle offense on a 10-play drive that took all of one minute and 20 seconds by passing, running, and spiking the ball. The Eagles scored with eight seconds remaining in the half, just like last week. Glass then ran the PAT to make the score 28-6 at the half. To make things worse for LRA, they muffed the kick off and A.J. Flot recovered the ball for Lexington.
Lexington had won the coin toss and deferred to the second half choice. The Eagles took the ball and promptly marched 73 yards using nine plays to accomplish the score. Garrett passed to Jason Washington for the final 26 yards. The PAT kick was wide left with Lexington leading 34-6. There was an unsportsmanlike penalty, so Chase Hibbeler kicked off into the end zone. The LRA receiver tried to run it out. He got to the five. The Eagles gave up two yards on first and second downs. On third down a hitch pass to the wide-out, a quick move, and then a 93-yard dash to the end zone. The kick was good to make the score 34-13 Lexington.
Lexington went on another long march going 68 yards in eight plays for their final score of the night. Garrett passed 44 yards to a streaking Murray. It was Murray’s third score of the game that counted. This final score occurred with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. It was also the fifth Lexington score
The fourth quarter was played by the LRA starters and mostly Eagle substitutes. The Bees moved the ball some in the quarter but could only get into the end zone once.
Antonio Washington had another good game on defense. Murray had an outstanding game with what should have been two defensive scores. Todd Glass continues to make a lot of crucial plays at important points in the game. Tyler Meyer was in a bunch of defensive plays until he suffered an injury. Eriq Mitchell also had a good game on defense making tackles all up and down the line of scrimmage from his safety position.