2012-09-20 / Sports

Eagles Fly Past Franklin

by Mike Organ

Jason Washington can’t avoid being hit by two Franklin defenders, following a short pass reception. 
PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Jason Washington can’t avoid being hit by two Franklin defenders, following a short pass reception. PHOTO BY MIKE ORGAN. Kogan Garrett tossed three 30+yard touchdown passes to three different receivers, and ran another, as the Lexington Eagles soared past Franklin 28-7 Friday night. The Eagle defense kept the clamps on the Lion offense most of the night in a whole team victory.

Franklin took the opening kick off and ran nine plays before punting the ball to Lexington. Franklin ran nine plays for only 29 yards on the opening possession.

Lexington’s first possession resulted in a 14-play, 89-yard drive. Cash Flot got the drive started with a 13-yard burst on first down. A quick pass to Jason Washington netted four yards. Garrett picked up four; Eriq Mitchell ran for six and a first down. Flot carried on three of the next four plays, getting 10, 7, and 20 yards on the carries. Garrett hit Logan Meuth with a 16- yard gainer to the Franklin six. Two carries by Garrett and Lexington was ahead 6-0, as the PAT kick was wide right.

Franklin had another nine-play drive, earning only 32-yards. Franklin failed on a fourth down try, giving Lexington the ball on their 30. Flot got 10 on second down, then six, then nine for another stick mover. Garrett then hit Logan Meuth with a 39-yard scoring strike. Garrett then ran the PAT for a 14-0 lead. It took the Eagles nine plays to go the 70 yards.

Franklin had another long, timeconsuming drive after the Eagle score. This time, the drive stalled out at the Eagle 11. This possession had 11 plays, for a net gain of 52 yards. Lexington had a three and out on the ensuing possession. Zach Lay got the Eagles out of trouble with a 51- yard punt.

Lexington took the second half kick off and drove the football down the field. Seven plays were run to cover the 64 yards. The drive culminated with a 36-yard pass from Garrett to Lay. Chase Hibbeler toed the PAT kick for a 21-7 Lexington lead.

Franklin had a three and out after the kickoff. Lexington followed suit with a three and out of their own. Franklin got a drive going on their next time with the ball. On the fourth play, Eriq Mitchell hit the Lion ballcarrier and caused a fumble. Lay recovered the fumble for Lexington. This was the only turnover of the night.

Lexington ran Flot on three consecutive plays after Meuth gained 13. Three incompletes gave Lexington a fourth and 10. Garrett dropped back, checking all the receivers. He made a good throw and London Jacob made a nice catch for a 32-yard scoring play. Hibbeler toed the PAT to give Lexington a 28-0 lead with 1:02 left in the third quarter.

Franklin started another drive that went three yards and sent up a cloud of dust (on artificial turf?). The Lions ran eight plays to go the 62 yards to score. With the PAT kick, the score stood at 28-7.

Lexington had a three and out on the ensuing possession. Lay toed a booming punt of 54 yards that rolled dead at the Franklin 13. The Lions started marching down the field. Nine plays and 59 yards later, they turned the ball over to Lexington with 3:25 left on the game clock. Lexington ran five plays to run out the clock.

The Eagle D was led by Tyler Meyer with 20 tackles. Oscar Sauceda had 16 stops, Todd Glass 13, Logan Meuth 12, and Eriq Mitchell 10 stops. Mitchell also forced the fumble that Lay recovered. Corey Strain had eight tackles and Colt Sunvison had seven stops.

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