Lexington Fells Franklin
Kogan Garrett led the Lexington Eagles to a 28-19 win over the Franklin Lions Friday night in a crucial district ball game. Garrett rushed 25 times for 98 yards and completed 12 of 18 passes for 166 yards. Included in the total were two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown.
Franklin won the opening toss and elected to receive. The Lions wanted to establish their offense. The second play from scrimmage went for 35-yards as Josh Murray made a touchdown-saving tackle. Three plays later a hard tackle by Oscar Sauceda caused a fumble and Antonio Washington recovered for the Eagles.
Following the fumble recovery, Lexington went on a march from their own 15-yard line. Garrett threw to Jason Washington for 29-yards and A.J. Flot carried for 22 in the march. Garrett ran a couple of keepers on the last two plays, 14 on the seventh play in the series and 10-yards into the end zone. Zach Lay added the PAT kick to put Lexington up 7-0.
Franklin tied the score with1:19 left in the first quarter, on a five-play drive of 65 yards. The drive was basically two plays, a 40 yard run and a 19 yard run, which were the heart of the drive. Chris Morrow did the final four yards as the first quarter ended 7-7.
Lexington answered on the first drive of the second quarter after A.J. Flot returned the kickoff 18 yards. The big play in the drive was a 27-yard pass play from Garrett to Murray. Garrett again traversed the final eight yards for the score. The PAT kick was wide right with Lexington ahead 13-7.
The Eagles took the second half kick off and marched 70 yards in six plays to widen the scoring gap. The Eagles used three big pass plays to move the ball. Passes to Murray earned gains of 22 and 28 yards. The other went to A.J. Flot for 11 steps. Flot did the honors going the final seven steps for the score. Garrett then ran a zone read play for the two-point PAT to make the score 21-7.
It was time for Lexington to look the proverbial gift-horse in the mouth. Jason Washington intercepted a Lion aerial and returned it to the Franklin15-yard line. Four plays later Lexington turned the ball over on the Franklin 21. Franklin fed off the stop of Lexington. They took the football 79 yards for their second TD of the night. Morrow scored from 17 yards out. Of importance, the PAT kick was wide to the right, giving Lexington an eight-point lead.
Lexington took the kick off and marched methodically down the field, grinding time off the clock and keeping the Franklin offense on the sideline. Once again, Lexington stalled out at the Franklin 18 for the third time in the second half. Lexington did take 3:47 off the scoreboard ending the third quarter. Franklin answered with an 82-yard drive to make the score 21-19. On the two-point PAT try, Tommy Stegall tackled the Franklin runner short, preserving Lexington’s lead.
Lexington took the ensuing kickoff, determined to run some time off the clock. They accomplished their goal and then some. 11 plays took 5:06 off the fourth quarter clock. The bonus was the touchdown on a 15- yard pass from Garrett to Murray. Lay’s kick was good, giving Lexington a 28- 19 lead.
With the nine-point lead with 3:03 left in the game meant Franklin had to score twice to take the lead, something that is not conducive with the Lion offense.
Defensively, the Eagles gave up a lot of rushing yardage, but limited the Lions aerial attack to 41-yards. Murray was the leading tackler with 14 stops of Lions. Eriq Mitchell had 12 tackles and a pass breakup. Tyler Meyer was also in on 14 tackles. Oscar Sauceda had nine tackles, Antonio Washington had eight stops and a fumble recovery. Jason Washington had seven tackles and an interception. The Eagle kicking game was improved this week because of good snaps by Sauceda and Jacob Snyder.