Jarrell Stuns Eagles in District Opener
The Jarrell Cougars stunned the Lexington Eagles Friday in the district opener for both teams, with a 49-18 win. Jarrell came into the game with a 3-1 record, against three very weak teams. Lexington was 0-4, but had played two state champions, a perennial playoff team, and one over-rated team. The Eagles felt good about their chances going into the game.
The first offensive play of the game was an omen for the Eagles. The Jarrell backs ran into each other, bobbling the football and getting the Lexington lads off their assignment. The Jarrell quarterback regained control of the football, took off around the right side of the offense. 53 yards later, Karrtaviues Burton captured him at the Eagle seven yard line. The stunned Eagles saw the Jarrell running back score on the next play to fall behind 7-0.
Lexington answered with a quick scoring drive. It was a fourplay, 63-yard drive, with some penalties against Jarrell thrown in. The big play was a 43-yard run by Corey Strain down to the eight. After a half the distance penalty his way into the end zone for the Eagles. The PAT kick was missed, leaving the score 7-6 Jarrell.
After the Eagle score, Jarrell fair caught the kick off and ran the play they were trying to run on the first offensive snap. The streaking receiver was open, but Lexington interfered in trying to stop the pass (a 15-yard penalty). After the 15- yard penalty, it took Jarrell seven more plays to score and lead 14-6.
Lexington answered this score with an eight-play, 74-yard drive. Nic Dillon navigated the last twoyards for the TD. The pass for the two extra points was incomplete, and the score was 14-12 Jarrell. The big play on the drive was a 29-yard pass from Dillon to Justin Barron.
With Lexington taking the second half kickoff, Jarrell tried an onside kick. It did not travel the required yards, so Lexington took over. The Eagles tried to capitalize on the kick fiasco, but threw an interception on the third play.
Jarrell took the ball and marched 72 yards in 10 plays to score the only score of the third quarter. Jarrell also scored on the second play of the fourth quarter.
After the kickoff, Lexington went on an 8-play, 63-yard drive. Corey Strain did most of the damage, rushing for 51 of the 63 yards. The pass for the PAT failed.
Jarrell intercepted a Lexington aerial late in the game that was returned for the final TD of the game, making the score 49-18.
Karrtaviues Burton made two TD saving or delaying tackles, catching Jarrell runners from behind. Colt Sunvison played a big game on the defensive line. Strain and Kevin Letbetter also had good nights on defense for the Eagles.
Strain was the leading rusher for the Eagles, rushing nine times for 147 yards. Dillon rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries, and La’Chea Cooper had 53 yards on nine carries.