2012-09-06 / Sports

Eagles Crack Crockett 41-7

by Mike Organ

LaShay Cooper got some playing time in the fourth quarter rushing the football. PHOTO BY MELANIE SCANTLIN. LaShay Cooper got some playing time in the fourth quarter rushing the football. PHOTO BY MELANIE SCANTLIN. Lexington used a balanced offense passing for 238 yards, and rushing for 190, to defeat the highly ranked Crockett Bulldogs Friday night in the 2012 season opening football game. Lexington got a 62- yard pass play to open the scoring, and then poured it on the next two quarters, before letting the reserves play the fourth quarter.

Lexington won the coin toss, and, as has been their custom, deferred to the second half, letting the defense have the first shot at the opposition. The defense did its job, stopping Crockett in seven plays on fourth down at the Lexington 26.

The Eagle offense took over, rushing for a first down, and then getting seven yards on a first down run by Kogan Garrett. An illegal motion penalty moved the ball back to the Eagle 38. Garrett hit Jason Washington in stride on a deep post route, and he cruised into the end zone for the first score of the game, with 6:10 left in the first quarter. The PAT kick was wide, leaving the score at 6-0.

The Eagle defense had Crockett figured out. Another three and out gave Lexington the ball at their own 32 yardline. Lexington started a 12-play drive toward the goal line. Cash Flot rushed for 6, Garrett ran for 2, then 7 and a first down. An 18-yard pass to Flot earned another set of downs. An 11-yard pass to Corey Strain put the ball at the Crockett 24. Two consecutive passes to Logan Meuth for gains of 5 and 13 put the ball at the six.

Eriq Mitchell then powered his way over a defender and in to the end zone, for the second score, which came on the first play of the second quarter. A sharp out-route pass to Jason Washington from Garrett earned two extra points.

Crockett got a 17-yard play on their first snap, and then the Eagle D stiffened, forcing another punt. Garrett ran for 14 to get started. Mitchell ran for 16 and then, after a couple of penalties against the Eagles, Garrett hit Meuth with a 40-yard scoring toss. It was a 9-play, 72-yard drive. Chase Hibbeler toed the PAT kick for a 21-0 Lexington lead.

Crockett then came to life and mounted a 12-play 76-yard drive to score with 1:26 left in the first half. The PAT kick made it 21-7 at halftime.

After deferring to the second half, Lexington took the kick off and marched 67 yards on 10 plays for a score. Washington returned the kick off 25 yards to set things up at the Lexington 33. Garrett ran the first three plays for 8,1,and 10 yards. A couple of short pass completions to Zach Lay and Marcus Cassassa backed off the Dogs. Cash Flot then ran 24 yards to the five yard line with Garrett taking the ball in on the next play. Hibbeler kicked the PAT for a 35- 7 lead.

The Eagle defense held Crockett to a three and out. Lexington took over at the Eagle 41 after the punt. Garrett tossed the ball to Lay for 26 yards. Garrett rushed for eight before handing the ball to Flot for three straight carries. The first was for 21, the second for 3, and the third for a touchdown.

The next Crockett possession was a three and out forced by the Eagle D. A 19-yard pass to Washington, and a 15-yard run by Flot, set up Flot’s 5-yard TD run. The PAT kick failed, leaving the score 41-7

The Eagle D was led by Logan Meuth with 17 tackles. Tyler Meyer was in on 16 stops. Eriq Mitchell and Todd Glass were in on 13 tackles each. Colt Sunvison almost had a lineman’s dream. Mitchell forced a fumble; Sunvison scooped it up and headed for the goal line. He returned the ball 35 yards before being tracked down by a speedy Bulldog. It would not have counted because the Eagles were guilty of a penalty. Corey Strain broke up a pass play, and Jamyon Scott also had a great pass break up, knocking the ball out of the receiver’s hands.

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