The Lexington Bulldogs took care of business last Friday night, defeating Crooked Oak, 36-8, in Class 2A action.
That brought the ‘Dawgs’ record to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in District 2A-7 play.
The question now is: Can Lexington beat the district-leading Washington Warriors at home on Friday night? The ‘Dawgs meet the Warriors at 7 p.m. at Floyd West Field.
Washington is ranked a solid No. 2 in the Class 2A standings, behind only Metro Christian, who is also 9-0. The Warriors have been on a tear, beating Crooked Oak (47-0) and Community Christian (57-0) the last two weeks.
The Warriors are a formidable squad, outscoring opponents 380-62. It will be an uphill battle for Lexington, for sure.
However, the ‘Dawgs did well against Crooked Oak. Jaylen Cottrell returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good for Lex, giving the ‘Dawgs a quick 8-0 lead in the first quarter.
Later on in the first period, Heath Winterton (filling in for an injured Nate Clegg) rushed the ball for nine yards for a TD and the two-point conversion was again good, giving the ‘Dawgs a 16-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Dylan Cottrell caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Colton Penner for another score and the two-pointer was good, giving the ‘Dawgs a 24-0 lead.
Right before halftime, Dallan Berglan snagged a 15-yard pass from Penner for another score. The two-point conversion failed that time but that gave Lex a 30-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Crooked Oak scored its only points on a 36-yard touchdown pass against mostly Lexington’s reserves in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Lex in the lead at 30-8.
Lexington’s final tally came when Dylan Cottrell rounded off the night for the ‘Dawgs by returning the kickoff 63 yards for a score. The two-point conversion failed but that gave the ‘Dawgs their final tally, 36-8.
“We were able to get out of Crooked Oak with the win,” Lexington head coach Dale Berglan said. “We are now in the position to play Washington for a share of the district title this Friday night at Lexington. But, it’ll be a tough one.”
Lexington was again stout on the defense.
“We played with a running clock in the second half,” Berglan said. “Overall, it was a quick game that resulted in another Bulldog victory. We’ll need this fortitude on Friday against Washington.”
Lexington head coach Dale Berglan nominated Lane Jeffrey for the Offensive Lineman Player of the Week. Jeffrey graded out at 89-percent.
Heath Winterton was Lex’s Offensive Player of the Week with five carries for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Avery Armstead was a dual nominee as both the Defensive Lineman of the Week as well as the Defensive Player of the Week. Armstead had seven tackles, all for a loss.