Rattlers Bite Eagles 45-13
The #1 ranked 3A Navasota Rattlers defeated the #2 ranked 2A Lexington Eagles 45-13 Friday night. The two teams battled evenly for a while, until the Rattlers’ depth and skill led them to a comfortable victory.
The game started ominously for the Eagles. Navasota took the opening kick off. Three plays and 53 yards later, they were in the end zone for a 7-0 lead with only 53 seconds off the game clock.
The quick score did not affect the Eagles’ effort in the game. Logan Meuth returned the kick off 7 yards to the 39 yard line. Three plays later, the Eagles’ Zach Lay punted to the Rattlers. The 41- yard punt was touched by a Rattler and recovered by Logan Meuth at the Navasota 16. After a two yard loss on first down, Kogan Garrett fired a touchdown pass to London Jacob for a Lexington score. The PAT kick was wide, left, leaving the score 7-6 in Navasota’s favor.
On the ensuing kick off, the Navasota returner fumbled the football, and Cash Flot pounced on the ball for the Eagles at the Rattler 32. Garrett passed to Flot for a first down at the Navasota 19, on third down. Lexington moved the ball to the 11 before a fumble on fourth down stopped the scoring opportunity.
Navasota ran nine plays on their possession, slowly moving the ball out to the Lexington 42 before punting. The punt appeared to be the first of the year for the Rattlers. It went for 17 yards.
Lexington moved the ball forward 25 yards before punting. Lay toed a 49-yard punt that was downed at the Navasota five yard line. After losing a yard on three plays, the Rattlers tried the punting adventure again. This time the punt went for 19 yards. Lexington had another good scoring chance at the Navasota 23.
On the first play, Navasota completed a pass to Soloman McGinty, who appeared to be headed toward a 94-yard TD play. Jason Washington was chasing McGinty, closing in as they ran down the field. After 68 yards, Washington pulled even with McGinty. With a quick hand movement, Washington stole the ball from McGinty and was headed back toward the Navasota goal line. Washington was run out of bounds at the Lexington 35, with one of the greatest individual defensive plays made in recent years.
Lexington made 13 yards on six plays, before asking Lay to punt Navasota back into their own end of the field. Lay responded with a 30-yard punt that rolled out of bounds at the Navasota 22. The Rattlers moved the ball by passing out to mid-field. Then the first of three bombs hit. A 48-yard pass to Austin Collins gave Navasota a 14-6 lead.
Lexington could only manage 12 yards in five plays. After a 39- yard Lay punt, another bomb landed. This one was to McGinty for 50 yards and no one stole it from him. Navasota led 21-6 at the half. Lexington felt good about their competitiveness in the first half.
After halftime, Lexington lost 10 yards on a three and out. Lay punted 41 yards to the Lexington 47. After a holding penalty pushed Navasota back, Lexington got a personal foul penalty to give them a first down. A 25-yard run up the middle of the defense put the Rattlers ahead 28-6.
Lexington mounted a drive after the score. A 26-yard completion to Jacob moved the ball to the Navasota 23. Cash Flot was being stopped short when the ball was knocked loose by a Navasota defender. The Rattlers’ Jaylyin Minor scooped it up and carried it 75 yards for another TD for the third bomb. The Rattlers led 35-6.
Lexington moved the ball 20 yards before punting it away, once again. Lay toed another nice punt to pin the Rattlers at their 24. Navasota responded by marching the ball down the field in six plays for their final score of the night. The score stood 45-6 Navasota.
Lexington then fashioned an 11- play drive based on the running of Lachae Cooper and two Kogan Garrett passes. Cooper rushed 44 yards and Garrett passed to W.E. Meuth for seven yards and the final 20 yards to Jacob for his second TD of the night. Chase Hibbeler added the PAT kick for the final score of 45-13 with 1:27 left in the game.
Defensively, the Eagles gave Navasota more than they wanted. Tyler Meyer had three QB sacks by himself. Logan Meuth had a sack. Those were the first sacks of the season for the Rattler QB. Meyer also had 10 tackles and four more QB pressures. Meuth had nine stops. Eriq Mitchell had six tackles and two QB pressures. Zach Lay had five tackles and a pass break up. Colt Sunvison had four tackles before an injury curtailed his activities.