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2012-08-16 / Sports

Eagles Host Caldwell in Scrimmage

by Mike Organ

The 2012 football season begins to take shape this Friday and Saturday, as teams scrimmage against outside opponents. This will be the first time to evaluate the local 2012 talent against another school’s athletes. Lexington traditionally has and will do that first scrimmage against Caldwell this Friday in Lexington.

This is the annual “Soap and Towel” scrimmage when Eagle supporters are asked to donate a bar of soap or a towel for the athletes to use during the year. It also helps defray some of the costs in the athletic department.

Caldwell will be under the direction of Kenneth Gilchrist, a Thorndale native, for the first year. Gilchrist came to Caldwell from Whitney. He brings with him the Lake Travis-like offense. The LT offense is a wide open attack with a threat of a deep pass at any time. Coming with Coach Gilchrist will be quarterback Brett Gilchrist, a player that understands the coach’s philosophy. Gilchrist inherits a Hornet team with 17 returning starters from last season’s 1-9 team.

The nine returning starters on defense will have to improve after allowing 43.5 points a game last season. Lexington’s offense has some outstanding returning starters in the likes of quarterback Kogan Garrett, who passed for over 3,000 yards last season and rushed for a 1,000 more. Receivers like Jason Washington, Zach Lay, and Eriq Mitchell give Garrett plenty of targets for his aerials.

Developing an offensive line to allow Garrett the time to throw to the dynamic receivers he has at his disposal, big Jacob Warner returns as the stalwart of the line. Running back Cash Flot can be an exciting runner, given the proper blocking. Eagle depth will also be a critical problem. Having depth on the line and at receivers can be very necessary as the game plays.

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