The Lexington Bulldogs bounced back with a win last Friday night defeating Marietta 28-6.
Marietta took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter but Lexington answered with a touchdown.
Colton Langford found Dalton Duke for a 21-yard scoring strike. Jake Blanchard converted the point after attempt and Lexington led 7-6. The Bulldogs never looked back.
Langford found Blanchard in the end zone in the second quarter for a five-yard touchdown strike. Blanchard again handled the extra point and the ‘Dawgs led 14-6 at the half.
“I think we got better and we definitely got better throwing the football,” head coach Jeff Hall said.
“Our receivers caught the ball well.”
Duke handled the scoring himself on Lexington’s third touchdown after the halftime pep talk. He punched it in from a yard out and Blanchard made it 21-6 with the extra point.
Duke rounded out the scoring on the night with a fourth quarter, 20-yard touchdown jaunt.
With his fourth consecutive extra point, Blanchard made it a 28-6 final.
Duke finished the night with 12 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in two passes for 31 yards and a score.
“Dalton played really well,” Hall said.
Lexington finished the night with 259 yards rushing on 31 attempts.
“Eight yards a carry is a good day for us,” Hall said.
“I think we lacked consistency and we need to become more consistent on offense. It’s coming along better than when we started. We’re progressing slowly but progress is progress. I just wish we’d move forward quicker than what we are.”
Defensively Hall said his team wasn’t ready to play the first series of the game and it showed.
“We weren’t ready to play when we took the field. We had to make quick adjustments after the first drive. They knew we’d defend the deep ball better after watching the Purcell tape,” Hall said.
“They attacked the flats and we had to make adjustments to defend it properly. We gave them three first downs on the opening drive by jumping off sides.”
Lexington held Marietta under 100 yards rushing which was a goal for the Bulldogs, according to Hall.
“We felt good about our rush defense and we made a huge improvement in covering the pass. We did well with that. Everyone took care of their responsibilities,” Hall said.
“They moved the ball some but ultimately our defense played well.”
Marietta had 98 yards on the ground on 35 attempts.
“Holding them to under three yards per rush was one of our goals,” Hall said.
“After the first drive the kids did a good job of being coachable. They listened to the adjustments and executed them.”
Hall said Kyle Hokett saw his first action of the season after fighting through an injured ankle.
“This was Kyle’s first game to start and get significant play time. He played well,” Hall said,
Hokett collected 13 tackles and broke up one pass.
Hall also praised the play of TJ Somers who had 10 tackles for the Bulldogs.
“TJ played well. We’re gap-oriented on our defensive line. Those guys don’t have a lot of chances to make plays but need to take care of their responsibilities,” Hall said.
“We have got to get better. We’re more concerned with making tackles than we are of filling our spots.”
This week Lexington will travel down Interstate 35 to face the Davis Wolves at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
“They’re a typical Davis team. They haven’t changed much,” Hall said.
The Wolves will base out of the wishbone on offense. They check in defensively in a 4-2-5 nickle look.
“They’re very physical on both sides of the ball. They’re also incredibly well coached and the kids buy into the system; it’s a system they believe in,” Hall said.
“When you watch them on film they’re impressive. They changed their defense this year because of the number of spread teams they face. They went to the nickel look to cover better.”
Hall said Brayden Ruth, their 6’0”, 235-pound middle linebacker is the ring leader defensively.
“He runs well and is the anchor of the defense. Their defensive line is big and they move well. We’ll have our hands full and will have to do some things throwing the ball and running the ball,” Hall said.
“It’s foolish to say you’re going to game plan for Davis and run them over. We have to do things that benefit us.”
Defensively Hall said each of the Bulldogs will need to take care of their own business.
“We have to be sound against the option out of the wishbone.