Eagles Advance with Victory
Lexington dodged a serious charge from New Waverly early and then methodically did away with the Bulldogs, 31-7. New Waverly got out to a 7-0 lead and threatened to widen the margin to 14-6 when the play of the game occurred.
The play occurred with the score 7-6 in New Waverly’s favor. The Bulldogs had recovered a Lexington fumble on the NW 35 yard line. On the first play, the Bulldog’s Mike Singleton broke for a 61-yard gain to the Eagle nine. From there, NW gained three yards on first down, three on second, and two on third down. On a fourth down quarterback sneak, Will Holcomb stuck his helmet on the football, knocking it loose. Todd Glass hit the football causing it to roll into the end zone. A.J. Flot looked at the lonesome football laying in the end zone and thought it needed a hug. He picked up the ball two yards deep in the end zone and headed to the opposite end zone. 102 yards later, the Eagles were ahead 12-7. The hard hitting and alert play by the Eagles took the momentum away from NW and the Eagles kept big MO on their side the rest of the game.
NW came out with a lot of enthusiasm and desire. NW took the opening kick off and drove 86 yards on eight plays. The final 57 yards came on a burst by Singleton up the middle. After the PAT kick NW led 7-0 after three minutes and 20 seconds of play. The NW coach showed everyone he would not hold back anything on the drive. NW ran a running play on fourth down and one at the NW 23 yard line to continue the drive.
The two teams traded possessions until the Eagles stopped NW at the Eagle 26 yard line with nine seconds left in the first quarter. A couple of runs by Kogan Garrett netted 11 yards and a first down. A.J. Flot carried for a 17-yard gain on the first play of the second quarter. Garrett ran again for six to the NW 40 yard line. A sharp pass from Garrett to Jason Washington covered the distance for the score. The PAT kick failed leaving New Waverly in the lead 7-6.
The play put Lexington on top at halftime 12-7.
Lexington won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Eagles took the second half kick off. After a 21-yard kick off return put the Eagles in business at their 42-yard line, Lexington took eight plays to cover the 58 yards. The big play was a 29-yard pass play from Garrett to A.J. Flot. Garrett capped the drive by diving over from the one for the score. The Eagles tried a pass play for the PAT, but it failed leaving the score 18-7.
On the Bulldogs’ third play, the quarterback dropped the ball. Jason Washington had a scoop and score from 15 yards out to widen Lexington’s lead to 24-7.
As the game progressed, the Eagle defense got stronger and stronger. Led by Antonio Washington’s 22 tackles and a sack, the defense dealt misery to NW after the play. Josh Murray and Eriq Mitchell were credited with 16 tackles by coaches. Mitchell also had a quarterback pressure and the game’s only interception. Glass had 10 tackles for the Eagles. A.J. Flot had a great game defensively also. He had five tackles, two pass break ups, and “THE PLAY”. Cash Flot and Zach Lay were credited with seven tackles each. Holcomb, Colt Sunvison, and Ray Gardner had six tackles each.
Lexington added their final score on a drive that finished the third and opened the fourth period. A 15-yard run by A.J. Flot got things going. Garrett hit Donnie Havard with a 48-yard pass play that ended the third quarter with the ball on the NW one. Garrett did the honors on the first play of the fourth quarter. Chase Hibbeler toed the PAT to put the score at 31-7.
From that point on, Lexington just kept it close to the vest, keeping the clock running and getting some younger players into the game.