Lexington Outscores Rogers 58-53
No, this is not a report on a basketball game. The Lexington Eagles defeated Rogers in a football scoring duel not seen often in these parts. Rogers came out smoking, as they scored 47 points in the first half, 21 in the first quarter. Little did they know that the 47-22 lead at half, was not enough to defeat Lexington and keep the Eagles from winning the district title.
Late in the fourth quarter, Rogers found themselves down 51-47 and in an obvious passing situation. Eagle defensive end Oscar Sauceda made two game determining plays. On third and 13, Sauceda sacked the Rogers quarterback for a seven-yard loss. On fourth and 20, Sauceda tackled the Rogers quarterback again, this time causing a fumble. Zach Lay scooped up the fumble and scampered 45 yards for Lexington’s final touchdown. That made the score Lexington 58 Rogers 47 with 1:59 left in the game. Lexington fans felt comfortable with the 11-point lead.
One minute and one second later, Rogers scored to make it 58- 53, with the threat of an onside kick forthcoming. The onside kick by Rogers failed to go the required 10 yards. The kick went about 8 ½ yards, turned right and went out of bounds in front of the Rogers bench. Lexington ran out the clock to secure the victory.
Starting from the beginning, Lexington won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Rogers opted to take the ball. Rogers made the right choice, as they marched 67 yards in 11 plays to score. Rogers ran 10 running plays before catching the Lexington defense napping with a 37-yard pop pass to the tight end. The PAT kick made it 7-0.
Lexington was called for holding on the kick-off return. On second and 10, Kogan Garrett’s pass was intercepted by Rogers and returned for a score. Lexington was down 14-0.
Lexington got a drive going, following a short Rogers kickoff. A defensive holding penalty by Rogers gave Lexington a first down. A pass completion from Garrett to Logan Meuth got eight yards. A roughing penalty by Rogers moved the ball 15 yards. Rogers received a penalty for making sounds like the Lexington snap count. Garrett then found Jason Washington for 23 yards. As Washington was being tackled, the ball was knocked loose and rolled into the end zone. Lexington’s London Jacob fell on the ball for a touchdown. Chase Hibbeler toed the PAT to make the score 14-7 Rogers.
Rogers returned the kickoff to the Lexington 43. (Rogers had excellent special team play all night.) Three plays later, Rogers was in the end zone for a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Lexington lost yardage in three plays. Lay’s punt was partially deflected going only 12 yards down field. The Eagle defense began to stiffen, making Rogers use nine plays to go the 29 yards to the end zone. With the TD, Rogers led 28-7 and Lexington fans were in shock.
Lexington did not fold. Instead they responded. The Kogan Garrett series of plays put Lexington in the end zone in six plays. Garrett ran for four, ran for 20, ran for nine, passed to Logan Meuth for nine, and ran for the final 37. Jason Washington ran for the PAT, closing the score to 28-15, Rogers favor.
Rogers had a quick answer to the Lexington score. After a personal foul penalty and two penalties for kicking off out of bounds, Rogers took the third kick off back for a score, 34-15.
Lexington had an answer to the Rogers score. Garrett passed to Washington for 40 yards, London Jacob for 11 yards, and then Washington, again, for the final seven steps to close to 34-22 with 2:46 left in the half.
Rogers got another good return of 23 yards on the kickoff. A 27- yard run and a 23-yard scamper to the end zone put Rogers up 41-22.
Lexington got a 16-yard run by Garrett and then a 15-yard step off for a late hit out of bounds. Lexington ran the clock down to 10 seconds before trying a long pass to London Jacob down the south sideline. The pass was incomplete, despite a lot of contact between the receiver and the defender. With four seconds left in the first half, everyone expected Rogers to kneel the ball. Oops, Rogers ran a play off tackle for 55 yards and a 47-22 lead on the last play of the first half.
After the Lexington coaches met with the team at halftime, the Mean Green was really the Mean Green. Taking the second half kick off, after deferring the opening choice, Lexington struck quickly. Garrett hit Washington full stride for a 73-yard scoring play on the second play of the half. Washington then toed the PAT to close to 47-29.
Rogers made a first down on their first three plays of the following possession. However, they failed on a fourth down try at the Lexington 44. Garrett ran for 15 on first down and seven on second down. Garrett passed to Cash Flot on a swing pass that Flot carried 34 yards to the end zone. Washington toed the PAT, as Lexington closed the score to 47-36 and the Lexington comeback was in full stride.
Rogers threw one of their few passes, catching Lexington off guard. The 45-yard pass play moved the ball to the Lexington 18-yard line. Rogers fumbled on the next play, with Lexington’s Ray Gardner recovering the ball. A pass interference call against Rogers moved the ball 15 yards up field. Garrett ran for 25, getting the ball to the Rogers 34. Garrett passed to Logan Meuth on a crossing route. Meuth turned up field, and was off to the goal line. Garrett ran the PAT to close the score to 47-44. Lexington was rolling in their comeback.
Lexington kicked off with Rogers returning it to their own 48. The adjusted Eagle D forced a three and out. The punt pushed Lexington back to their own eight yard line. Lexington got two first downs before Lay punted to the Rogers 22. An illegal block moved the ball back to the 14. Rogers started moving the ball, getting two first downs by penalty, and two by running. Logan Meuth stopped the quarterback with a sweep on fourth down play two yards short of the necessary line.
At this point in the game the officials moved the chains and then changed the spot the Rogers runner went out of bounds. The referee made the only decision he could and the ball went over to Lexington.
Garrett ran for 17 on first down. On the next play, Garrett hit Logan Meuth on a curl route. Meuth turned outside, broke a tackle and was off to the end zone 60 yards away. After Washington’s PAT kick, Lexington led for the first time 51-47 with 5:14 left in the game.
Another good return set Rogers up first and ten at the Lexington 48. Rogers got only one yard on first down. On second down, a Rogers’ pass was intercepted by Corey Strain. Strain returned the ball 15 yards before being tackled. Lexington felt the game was under control at that point, but Lexington was unable to move the ball. Zach Lay punted, which Rogers returned to the Lexington 30.
Rogers ran for one yard on first down, and passed incomplete on second down. A false start moved them back to 3rd and 13. Sauceda then sacked on third down and again on fourth down, Sauceda and Lay combined for their aforementioned touchdown.
Defensively, Logan Meuth had an outstanding night to go with his two TD receptions. Meuth had 18 tackles and a fumble recovery. Eriq Mitchell had 15 tackles, Colt Sunvison 14 tackles, and Todd Glass 13 tackles. Sauceda had 11 tackles to go with the two sacks and forced fumble. Strain had 10 tackles to go with his interception. The everpresent Zach Lay had 6 tackles to go with his ultra important fumble recovery.