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Eagles Trap Geronimo in Tough Game

by Mike Organ

With football in full swing and District action starting this Friday against Jarrell, Lexington anticipates another great season. Lexington used a balanced attack to defeat the Geronimo Navarro Panthers 19- 18 Friday night. Lexington jumped out to a 19-6 lead and then held on as the Panthers rallied late in the game.

Navarro, true to its reputation, tried to grind the Eagles into the ground as they got into the tight winged-T offense. The Eagle defense was up to the task as the Panthers ran the ball 53 times for 174 yards for an average of 3.28 yards per carry. The Panthers passed an unusual 19 times completing only five. There were two TD passes among the five as the Eagles were lax in their pass coverage twice.

Lexington got on the board first with their first possession of the game. It was a six-play 60-yard drive capped by Kogan Garrett’s one-yard plunge. The highlight of the drive was a 36-yard screen pass from Garrett to A.J. Flot that overcame two early penalties against the Eagles. Zach Lay’s PAT kick was good and little did anyone know that would be the difference in the game.

The two teams traded possessions the rest of the first quarter and into the second. A Zach Lay punt was carried into the end zone by a Lexington player, giving Geronimo possession of the ball at the 20-yard line. The Panthers got a drive moving. On the ninth play, a great fake left a Panther receiver wide open for a 51-yard pass play. The PAT kick was no good.

Lexington, as has been its custom this season, would score just before halftime. Lexington took possession of the ball at their own 29. Garrett passed to Murray for seven yards. A quick hand-off to Murray on fourth down produced a first down. Garrett passed to Washington for 12 yards and then finished it off with a 51- yarder to Washington. The PAT kick failed leaving the score 13-6 Lexington at halftime.

Lexington took the second half kick off and quickly marched down the field. A.J. Flot rushed for three, four, and 49 yards to open the half. The 49-yarder was a quick opener that looked to be a touchdown but he was caught at the six yard line. On first down Garrett hit Murray on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone. The fake kick, and a pass failed on the PAT. It took Lexington four plays to cover the 62 yards.

The game turned defensive as the two teams traded possessions. Late in the third quarter, Lexington fumbled a punt and Geronimo recovered at the Eagle 48 yard line. The Panthers unexpectedly went to the air hitting the Eagles with a 41-yard gain passing. A five- yard run by Panther workhorse Eric Schleier pushed the score to 19-12. The Eagles stopped the run for the PAT short.

The Eagle defense held the Panthers out of the end zone until 1:42 left in the game when a Panther receiver sneaked open and caught a 24-yard TD pass. The PAT run was again stopped by the Eagles leaving the score 19-18 and an onside kick forthcoming.

With the Eagle ‘hands team’ on the field, the onside kick was recovered by the Panthers, giving Geronimo one more time to raid the Eagle end zone. A pass interference penalty moved the ball 15-yards forward. An eightyard run, another eight-yard run, and then……… Jason Washington intercepted a pass and ran around until there were only 13 ticks left on the game clock: Ballgame - Lexington.

Lexington’s # 44, Antonio Washington, spent most of the night tackling Navarro’s #44, Eric Schleier. Washington and Todd Glass officially were in on 24 tackles and Josh Murray was in on 16. Jason Washington had nine tackles, two pass break ups, and the clinching interception. Kevin Letbetter, Will Holcomb, and Allen Junek played well in the trenches, not allowing the big Panther linemen to push them out of position.

Garrett had another good night offensively accounting for 142 yards passing and 45 yards rushing for a total offense of 197 yards.

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