Eagles Scuttle RoHawks 38-7
Lexington cruised down to San Antonio Friday, expecting little more than an open date with the Universal City Randolph RoHawks. What they found was a team that was more than ready for the Eagles and played them harder than other district teams. The Eagle players found out in the first half you don’t just win because you are wearing Lexington’s Green and Gold. You have to earn the victory and UCR certainly made the Eagles earn the win.
UCR took the opening kickoff and, in nine plays, marched 67 yards for the first score of the game, and a little bit of an eye opener for the Eagles. With the PAT kick, UCR led 7-0.
On the first play after the kick off return, Cash Flot was hit hard and the ball popped loose. UCR had a player cover the ball at the Eagle 45 yard line. The Eagle defense had learned from the first UCR possession and held the RoHawks to six yards on four plays.
With their attitude toward UCR adjusted, the Eagles ran off 12 plays. The last was a two-yard carry by Eriq Mitchell. Chase Hibbeler toed his seventh straight PAT, to tie the game at 7-7.
Lexington held UCR to six yards on the ensuing possession. The UCR got off a nice punt, that went unfielded and taking the bounce, to travel 48 yards. Lexington started a drive. Flot ran for seven yards. Kogan Garrett passed to Zach Lay for seven more. Garrett passed to Jason Washington for 15 yards, but in Washington’s attempt to get more yards, a UCR defender knocked the ball loose.
After the fumble recovery, UCR got a couple of good plays in, as they made a first down, moving the ball to the Eagle 18. A tackle for a loss by Mitchell and a grounding penalty against the UCR quarterback put the Eagles in possession of the football at the 31 yard line.
Lexington ran off eight plays. The biggie was a 31-yard rush up the middle of the UCR defense by Mitchell. The Eagle drive stalled at the UCR 23. UCR took the ball, made a first down, then punted the ball to the Eagles with 1:14 left in the first half.
Coach Holcomb called plays that moved the ball to the UCR 23, with just .03 seconds left in the half. Hibbeler toed a 40-yard field goal, giving Lexington the lead 10- 7 on the last play of the first half.
Lexington took the second half kickoff with scoring on their mind. On the fourth play, quarterback Garrett broke free on an option play and no one from UCR was able to catch the fleet Eagle. Hibbeler’s PAT made the score 17- 7, Lexington.
After the score, Lexington stopped UCR on four plays and fans thought, “Here comes the blow out.” But….. on the first play after the punt, Lexington fumbled the ball back at the end of a 33- yard run by Flot. UCR used 10 plays to move the ball 31 yards before punting. Logan Meuth returned the punt 13 yards to the Eagle 33. The offense ran off three first downs on runs by Flot and Garrett, as time expired in the third quarter. A Garrett to Lay pass got 10 yards, and a pass to Logan Meuth got nine, putting the Eagles at the end zone door. Flot bulled in from the five to put Lexington ahead 24-7 with Hibbeler’s PAT.
With Eagle momentum building, and UCR’s waning, Lexington stopped UCR with a three-andout.
Garrett passed to Flot for 23 on the first play. Two plays later, Garrett ran the final nine yards for another Eagle score. Hibbeler made the score 31-7 Lexington.
Getting desperate, UCR turned to the pass to get back into the game. Corey Strain jumped into the path of the pass, intercepted it and ran 39 yards for the final Eagle score of the night. With the score 38-7, both teams were content to run out the clock.
Leading the Eagle defense was Tyler Meyer with 22 tackles. Oscar Sauceda hustled all over the field to get in on 21 tackles. Mitchell was right behind with 20 stops. Zach Lay not only caught passes, but made 11 tackles on defense, as did Colt Sunvison. Ray Gardner had 10, Todd Glass 8, and Strain three to go with his INT.