Despite dropping their first game of the season, 28-7 at the hands of 4A No. 12 ranked Anadarko, Lexington head coach Dale Berglan saw many positives.
Anadarko has made the state playoffs nine years in a row, including state titles in 2013 and 2011.
“I thought we did a great job defensively,” Berglan said of the first half. “They were having a hard time running the football. We have to stop their big plays, though.
“Offensively, we have to convert. We have been close several plays but we’ve been off. We’re going into halftime down 14-0 and we’re within striking distance. I like where we’re at. We got the jitters out of us. We’re ready to come back for the second half.”
“They’re ranked No. 12 in Class 4A and we’re playing a team that’s two classes above us,” Berglan said. “We’re going toe-to-toe with them. We gave up some big plays and had a couple of defensive breakdowns. We got inside the five and didn’t score – and that’s on us. We’ve got to convert.”
In the second half, the ‘Dawgs kept up the defensive prowess. But, Anadarko scored two more touchdowns. The Warriors ran the ball 34 times for 208 yards while the ‘Dawgs ran the pigskin 15 times for 102 yards.
The passing game was limited for both squads. Anadarko went 10-18 passing through the air for 110 yards and one interception. Lexington was 11-23 passing for 54 yards and two interceptions.
“It was a good ball game,” Berglan said. “We’d have liked to have kept them shut out in the second half. We came out and ran the football better. We played good defense.
“We had a lot of kids who stepped up and finally had the chance to play some and shine. Our kids did well and showed a lot of grit. We had two guys go out with shoulder injuries and another go out with a foot injury.”
Berglan was quick to throw some of his younger players into the dogfight. He wanted to see if they could play varsity football.
“We were throwing them in from the sideline and those guys did a fantastic job,” Berglan said. “The injuries weren’t bad but there’s no sense in getting someone really injured before district play.
“Our first three games are to get better and get ready for the fourth week. I’m extremely proud of the way our guys fought tonight. We gave them a tough ball game.”
On the ‘Dawgs’ lone scoring play, senior Kyston Wheat took the ball down the near sideline and into the end zone for a 65 yard touchdown. He was aided by fellow senior Jaylen Cottrell in the defensive backfield.
“It was a great play,” Berglan said. “Kyston did a phenomenal job on his run as he was tight-roping the sideline. He’s fast but that touchdown was set up by Jaylen Cottrell. Jaylen was out wide and he sealed his guy.
“He then waited for Kyston to break it wide and as soon as Kyston got there, Jaylen blocked his guy again. He slid off and blocked their safety. Jaylen blocked two guys to allow Kyston to score. That was a big time play from a big time player.”
Up next is a date with the Dibble Demons
The Demons (Class A) whipped the Chickasha junior varsity, 63-6, before losing to Class A Minco, 14-6, last week in a tight contest. Lexington plays at 7 p.m. at Dibble Friday.
“Dibble is always physical and they have really good running backs and linebackers,” Berglan said. “Plus, they always have a couple of big linemen. We have to play good solid football on defense. Offensively, we just need to convert. We were just off on a lot of potential big plays last week.”
Lexington Head Coach Dale Berglan nominated Kyston Wheat as the Offensive Player of the Week for his 65-yard touchdown run against Anadarko.
Nominated as the Offensive Lineman of the Week was Dalton Mathews who graded out at 72 percent last Friday night.
Avery Armstead was nominated as the Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Berglan nominated Auston Waters as the Defensive player of the Week. He registered 12 tackles against Anadarko.