Lexington Takes Bite Out of Dogs
Lexington jumped out to a 34-7 first-half lead and then cruised to a 48-23 win over the Thorndale Bulldogs. Thorndale actually scored first as they took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a 7-0 lead with 7: 53 left in the first quarter. Lexington then scored the next 41 points before the ‘Dogs could get back on the scoreboard.
Lexington quickly answered the Bulldog opening. Seven plays and 66-yards later Lexington had tied the score. A.J. Flot got things started with a 13-yard rush. A 15- yard pass interference penalty followed, and a Kogan Garrett pass to Jason Washington netted 13 yards. Garrett passed to Josh Murray for the final eight yards. When Zach Lay toed the PAT the score was tied.
Thorndale had a three and out, followed by a five-yard punt that went out of bounds at the Lexington 46. Cash Flot took the ball on a counter play, going 54 yards untouched for the go-ahead score. Lay’s kick made it 14-7 and the rout was on.
Thorndale recovered a punt that bounced off A.J. Flot’s leg. A flag for chop blocking on the interior line followed. Eriq Mitchell intercepted an errant Thorndale aerial on the next play, returning it to the Thorndale 40-yard line. From there, Lexington went on a seven-play drive covering 40 yards. A.J. Flot traversed the final four yards for the score. The PAT kick was wide right, leaving the score 20-7.
Next came a controversy that seems to always occur in a Lexington/Thorndale matchup. Thorndale ran a speed counter sweep around the left side for 12 yards. A flag was thrown for an illegal crack- back block on Thorndale during the play. The Thorndale coach went off, running out on the field to confront the officials. A flag was thrown on the coach. After several minutes of conferencing, the officials waived off the illegal block penalty, but enforced the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the coach. From that point on, the Thorndale fans were vocal about every call the officials made. After the penalty sorting was finished, Thorndale drove the ball out to the 46-yard line before punting. Steven McKendrick toed a 52-yard punt that rolled dead at the Eagle two-yard line.
A gain of three on first down was followed by a no-gain on second down and the stage was set for the backbreaker. Garrett’s pass hit Murray in stride for a 95- yard touchdown. The PAT kick failed once again, as the score stood a 26-7 Lexington.
More troubles, courtesy of the Lexington defense, came Thorndale’s way on their next possession. Thorndale hit a great throw and catch for 32 yards, but the drive stalled, and on fourth down, a bad snap brought the pressure from the Lexington receiving team. Antonio Washington blocked the hurried punt attempt. Colt Sunvison recovered at the Thorndale 39. Garrett passed to Jason Washington for 38 yards on first down. A.J. Flot took the final step for Lexington. Garrett passed to Murray for the two-point PAT. The 34-7 score held until halftime.
Lexington took the second half kickoff, as was their want. A rush by Garrett of 14-yards got things off to a good start. The rest was A.J. Flot. Flot carried for 5, 14, 17, and the final 27 yards to complete the 77-yard drive. The Eagle offensive line punched big holes in the Bulldog defense for Flot. Lay’s PAT kick was good to make the score 41-7.
Thorndale got on the scoreboard with a 21-yard run, and a PAT kick raised their hopes. The high hopes lasted a few minutes. After stopping Lexington, Zach Lay’s 31-yard punt was touched by the Thorndale punt returner. The ball bounced into the end zone where it was covered by Donnie Havard for the final Lexington touchdown. Lay’s kick made it 49-14.
Thorndale managed a safety when Fabian Gomez tackled Lexington’s Stevie Burleson in the end zone. The Bulldogs kept trying and scored the last TD with 4 seconds left in the game.
Todd Glass had a monster game for the Eagles on defense. He was in on 18 tackles, a sack, and swatted down a pass. Tyler Meyer had 14 tackles, Josh Murray 13 tackles and a knocked down pass, and Antonio Washington and Oscar Sauceda had 12 tackles each. One of Sauceda’s tackles was a quarterback sack. Lay had an interception just before halftime to go with five tackles. Eriq Mitchell had seven tackles and an interception. The Eagle defense rose to the occasion after giving up the TD on the opening drive.