2013-09-19 / Sports

Eagles to Host Navasota Rattlers

by Mike Organ

The Lexington Eagles are going to face their fourth straight 2012 playoff team in the Navasota Rattlers Friday.

The Rattlers are the defending 3A Division II state champion. The opening game of 2013 saw a 35-7 Navasota win over 4A Willis. The second game was a 24-0 win over Coldspring-Oakhust, and week three was an 83-0 win over Houston Sterling. As you can see, the Rattler offense is beginning to click and the defense has allowed only seven points in the 2013 season. The Rattlers are on a 19- game winning streak, after last season’s 16-0 record.

The Rattlers lost their all-star quarterback, Kadarius Baker, and both of his outstanding receivers to graduation. Navasota returns only three offensive starters, but one is running back Derrion Randle. Sophomore Sheldon Eppler operates the Rattler offense as the quarterback. Through games one and two, the Navasota offense have been balanced, gaining 447 yards rushing and 477 yards passing. The balanced offense means you don’t know what the Rattlers will do when come to the line of scrimmage.

The Rattler defense is anchored by all-state defensive tackle Jordan Wells. Two cornerbacks returning with a lot of experience are Deionte Taylor and Jerbrell Lipscomb. Both were starters on last season’s state championship team. Five starters give a lot of leadership to the defense that has allowed only seven points this season.

Navasota will have to play in 3A DI this season, because they are the second largest school in their district. Last season, Taylor took the one DI spot, allowing Navasota to run the course in DII.

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