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2011-10-27 / Sports

JV Eagles Kennel the Bulldogs

by Mark Strain


#55 Cameron Janda and #57 Martin Solis face their aggressors. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. #55 Cameron Janda and #57 Martin Solis face their aggressors. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. In the JV Eagles vs. Bulldog football game, Lexington’s #45 Tyler Page got things going by kicking off to Thorndale and Eagle backer # 3 Jamyon Scott got the first tackle with Thorndale starting out on their own 21 yard line. Thorndale’s first play was good up the middle for one yard when #4 Hunter Wilson made the stop. Two plays later, Thorndale punted to Lexington’s #1 Corey Strain, who took the ball to the 42 yard line. The following plays had #44 Lechea Cooper moving the ball 32 yards, QB #10 W.E. Meuth with two runs and a pass and #45 Tyler Page with three and an Eagle touchdown. Meuth followed it up with a keeper on the ground to add 2 more to start the scoring at 8-0 Lexington.

Page kicked off again, this time #17 Ryan Brower made the stop and Thorndale took over on their 34 yard line. Thorndale started with a one yard loss when #55 Cameron Janda and #72 Gabriel McMahon showed quick penetration. The Bulldogs followed it up with little progress and 4th down. They punted and Lexington’s #38 Breyland Chism fielded the kick, bringing in the offense on the 25 yard line.


Corey Strain breaks up a pass attempt by Thorndale. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Corey Strain breaks up a pass attempt by Thorndale. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. The first play was a screen pass to Cooper for 1 yard. The second play saw Lexington cough the ball up and Thorndale recovering it on the Eagle 37 yard line. Thorndale’s first play was an incomplete pass as Strain blitzed and #2 Noble Little had good receiver coverage down field. Another incomplete pass and, on third down, Thorndale reared back and threw again. This time the QB threw the ball right at the defensive side umpire as the Bulldog backer was crossing behind him. The umpire had no choice but to bat the ball away, causing an incomplete pass. With Thorndale in Lexington’s territory, they decided to throw it again. This time a pick and a completion good for 11 yards gave Thorndale a new first down. Thorndale ran for 2, passed for 9 and passed again. Lexington’s corner back jumped the route and saw 98 yards of open field in front of him. He should have watched the ball instead. With another incomplete pass, Thorndale ran right and #9 Bradley Campbell pulled him down for a one yard loss, to end the first quarter.


Lexington’s Jamyon Scott jumps on a loose ball during Thursday’s Junior Varsity action. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Lexington’s Jamyon Scott jumps on a loose ball during Thursday’s Junior Varsity action. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. The second quarter started with the Eagles staring Thorndale in the eye with a 3rd and ten on the Eagle ten yard line. An incomplete pass and then a fourth down ten-yard sack by McMahon and Campbell gave the ball back to Lexington on their 20 yard line. Lexington put together a twelveplay drive, including good hard runs by Cooper for 25 yards, 20 yards by Page, 7 from Meuth, a pass to #6 Andrew Lane, a 15 yard pass to Strain and finally a fifteen yard in-the-corner touchdown reception by Scott. Cooper pounded away for 2 more points and the new score became 16- 0.


Here’s a “peek” at Lexington’s goal-line JV Defense. 
PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Here’s a “peek” at Lexington’s goal-line JV Defense. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, allowing Thorndale to start their next drive on their own 47 yard line. Thorndale’s first play was a 4 yard loss that was helped by a Lexington face mask, giving them a new first down on the Lexington 40 yard line. Thorndale put a string of plays together that eventually brought them to the one yard line where they punched it in. A failing extra point try made the score 16-6 with 37 seconds left in the quarter and an end to the half.

Thorndale kicked off to a waiting Scott, who returned the kick 20 yards, and the Eagles went to work on their 40 yard line. The Lexington drive lasted for 12 plays and included some nice running by Cooper and Page, but the drive stalled after several flags left Lexington with a 4th and 17 on the Thorndale 37 yard line. Meuth dropped back and let the ball sail. Thorndale jumped up and intercepted the ball taking over on their own 4 yard line. Thorndale went to work fast with a QB run for 3 yards then the Bulldog back busted up the middle but was eventually caught from behind by Strain. Thorndale kept the drive going for 8 more plays when a Lexington back jerked the ball away from the QB causing a fumble that was recovered by Lexington’s #2 Noble Little. Two plays later and the third quarter ended.

The fourth quarter started with a sustained drive by Lexington that included a 13 yard run by Page, a 10 yard run by Cooper, a 4th down conversion run by Meuth and 7 other plays, with the last being a 22 yard touchdown pass to Strain. Meuth added the 2 extra points, making the score 24-6. A short kick to Thorndale allowed them to start their next possession on their 42 yard line. Thorndale went three and out with two incomplete passes and decided to punt the ball deep. The 41 yard punt was taken by Strain and returned 35 yards to the 50 yard line for a net 6 yard gain on the punt. Four running plays later and Lexington watched the clock tick away for the last few seconds. It was Lexington Eagles over the Thorndale Bulldogs 24-6.

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