Yoe Deal Eagles Woe 38-20
Cameron used superior depth Friday night to defeat the Lexington Eagles 38-20 in a hard fought game by two highly rated teams. Lexington scored first in the second quarter, but Cameron came back to take a 13-6 lead to the locker room at halftime. Cameron then did most of the scoring in the second half.
The game started off with Cameron having the football. Three passes, two incomplete and one complete for a 2-yard loss, before Lexington took over the ball after a 46-yard punt.
On the first play, Kogan Garrett hit Jason Washington on a 51- yard pass. Washington was caught at the 19 yard line. Garrett carried for five, Eriq Mitchell got two more on second down. An illegal procedure penalty hurt the Eagles. A second procedure penalty moved the Eagles back five more yards, forcing a Garrett pass that fell incomplete on fourth down.
Lexington’s defense was up to the challenge of the Yoe offense. Three plays resulted in a net of one yard. A 44-yard punt followed, giving Lexington the ball at the Eagle 40. Two runs and a dropped pass netted five yards. Zach Lay punted for 35 yards, setting Cameron up at their 20.
On second down, Jason Washington intercepted a Yoe pass, and returned it to the Yoe 20 yard line. A clipping penalty on the return backed the ball out to the 35. Lexington could not overcome the penalty. Lay punted out of bounds at the Cameron eight.
The Eagle defense stopped Cameron again. Cameron punted the ball 48 yards to midfield. From there, the Eagle offense generated yardage. Garrett passed to Washington for 29 yards on third down. Mitchell ran off a tackle for 17 more yards to the Yoe four. Mitchell hammered for three on first down and the last play of the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Cash Flot toted the ball the last yard into the end zone. The PAT kick was wide right, leaving Lexington ahead 6- 0.
After the kick off, Keaton Denio dashed for 16 yards. The long run awakened the defense. The Eagle defense made the plays and stopped Cameron after the run. Cameron punted with the ball downed at the Eagle two. Garrett passed 21 yards to Corey Strain to get the Eagles out of danger. Penalties and errors caused the Eagles to punt. On the first play after the punt, Jason Washington intercepted his second Yoe aerial of the night. Lexington could not do anything with the possession. Lexington tried a fake punt that was stopped short of the first down marker.
Cameron took the ball and the momentum that comes with stopping an opponent on fourth down trickery. Five plays later, the Yoe were in the Eagle end zone. The Yoe quarterback scored after Denio had rushed them down to the one. The PAT kick was good, giving Cameron the lead for good, 7-6. This score came with 1:54 left in the first half.
Lexington went three and out on the post TD possession. Lay toed a 40-yard punt, putting Cameron 76 yards from the end zone. Cameron went to the air to move the ball. The Yoe completed passes for 10, 22, 13, and 30 yards to quickly go down the field. The 30-yard play was the scoring play. The kick failed, leaving Cameron in the lead 13-6 with 22 seconds left in the first half.
Lexington received the ball on the second half kickoff. A three and out followed. Lay punted 37 yards to put the Yoe at their 49. Cameron then drove 51 yards for the first score of the second half. The scoring play was a 24-yard pass in the back of the end zone with an Eagle defender in the receiver’s face. The PAT kick failed again, giving Yoe a 19-6 lead.
Lexington took the kick-off and promptly marched down the field to score. Garrett ran twice for 7 and Lay caught a pass for five. Garrett then hit Washington for a 65-yard gainer down to the Yoe three. Mitchell ran for two, then for the final yards. The PAT kick failed again leaving Cameron ahead 19-12.
The Yoe only took three plays to score after the Lexington rally. An 18-yard run, and a 46-yard burst right up the middle, gave the Yoe a 25-12 lead. The PAT kick upped the score to 26-12.
From there, the game was hard fought. The Yoe intercepted an Eagle pass; Lexington stopped the Yoe the rest of the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter a Yoe interception set them up at the Eagle 15. Three plays later the score went to 32-12 Cameron.
Lexington again went three and out as the Yoe defense started to dominate the Eagle offense. Lay toed his best punt of the night, a 54-yarder to put the ball on the Yoe 10. Cameron could do nothing and punted back to Lexington.
Lexington took over on their 40- yard line. Coach Holcomb then called a smash mouth game. Runs by Flot, Garrett, and Mitchell moved the ball down to the seven yard line. A quick out route pass to Washington from Garrett got the Eagles on the board with 37 seconds left in the game. A bad snap was scooped up by Washington and run into the end zone for the two extra points.
Cameron took the ball after an aborted on-side kick attempt. Lexington expected Cameron to kneel the ball, but instead, the second string quarterback took off for the end zone past a surprised Lexington defense, to make the final score 38-20.
The Eagle defense was led in tackles by Logan Meuth with 12 and a pass break up. Oscar Sauceda made 8 stops. Jason Washington had 7 tackles and a pass break up to go with his two interceptions for the night. Tyler Meyer and Todd Glass had 6 tackles each. Mitchell and Colt Sunvison had five each, Zach Lay 4 stops, and Corey Strain three tackles.
Statistically, the game was almost even. Take away the 54 yards on the last play of the game, the total yardage for the game was 303 for Lexington and 311 for Cameron.