The Lexington Bulldogs are looking like a possible contender in Class 2A after last Friday night’s solid 44-8 victory over the Class A Dibble Demons at the ‘Dawgs home field.
After last week’s 44-8 defeat to Anadarko, Lexington reversed the score on Dibble.
After a steady sprinkling of rain all week long, the field was wet and soggy.
That dictated much of the flow of the game – especially in the first half.
Lexington went into the locker room only up 8-0 at the break.
Mason Hamm caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Toby Prevost with 10:24 left in the first quarter.
After a successful 2-point conversion, the ‘Dawgs had the lead.
“The field was wet but the ball was still dry for a short while,” said Lexington head coach Dale Berglan at half time. “We wanted to move it around and throw the ball. Once all the balls got slick, we had a hard time throwing it.
“So, we had to lean more on the run game. Here in the first half, we’ve been able to do a great job defensively. It’s kept us in the ball game. We’ve got to be able to move the ball in the second half because it’s not going to get any drier.”
The ‘Dawgs did just that – moving the ball with authority.
With 8:11 left in the third quarter, Colton Penner snagged a 63-yard touchdown pass from Prevost and the ‘Dawgs were successful on their 2-point conversion.
That gave Lex a 16-0 lead.
With 2:24 left in the in the third quarter, Prevost ran to the 20-yard line.
He then connected with Jaylen Cottrell for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 0:21 second left in the quarter. The 2-point conversion failed, though, and left the ‘Dawgs with a 22-0 advantage.
In the fourth quarter, Cottrell’s name was called several times and he responded like gangbusters.
First, he caught a 22-yard pass from Prevost for a score with 9:10 left in the game.
A successful PAT kick by Israel Trejo made the score, 29-0, in favor of Lexington.
Then, Cottrell returned an interception on defense for 60 yards for another “Pick 6” score.
Jesus Espinoza kicked the PAT for a 36-0 lead.
Dibble’s only score of the night came on a touchdown run and a 2-point conversion.
Shortly after, though, Destrie Shea scored from 15 yards out with 1:04 left in the game. A good 2-point conversion made the final score, 44-8.
“It felt good today,” said Prevost, who was 7-of-14 for 173 yards passing and four touchdowns while also running for six times for 49 yards.
“We started off slow as a team but we started the second half with a different scheme on the offensive side of the ball. I was just able to find my guys open.
“In the first half, the balls were really slick. But, we tried to switch up the balls every three plays to keep ‘em dry.
“Every time we tried to pass it, we tried to change the ball. So, that worked. Dibble’s not bad.
“They have a new coach and I think he might have changed a lot of things going on in their offense. I think in the future they’ll be a really good team with great potential.”
Berglan was really pleased with his team’s effort in the second half of the game.
“We found our rhythm in the second half,” Berglan said. “In the first half, the ball was wet. They really took us out of what we needed to do game wise. We were forced to throw it instead of run it.
“And, we really couldn’t throw it. Coming out in the second half, we made a few adjustments at halftime.
“Then, we were able to find our rhythm.
“The stars tonight were the defense. I can’t tell you how many interceptions we had but it was a lot. The defense played an outstanding game and posted a near shutout. Dibble scored on our JV late.
“What was great is that we went into the half up 8-0. The kids came out and put things together and executed. That shows they have a lot of growth and that they can be very explosive.
“When we find our rhythm, we’ll have a chance to be pretty good.”
It was all Berglan could do to not expound superlatives upon the Demons.
“Dibble is a fantastic program,” Berglan said. “Traditionally, they are always really good. They hit us in the mouth – play after play after play. But, our defense stepped up and made those big plays when they needed to. Dibble is going to be a handful for Class A opponents.”
Cottrell (with two offensive scores and one defensive TD) gave it all he had last Friday evening.
“We came out and gave it our all,” Cottrell said. “We had good blocking by the lineman. Without them, we couldn’t have done what we did on offense or defense.
“In the first half, the wet balls were ineffective. So, we came out in the second half and tried to dry the balls off as best as we could. Then, we had a better game. We just want to come out and give it our all. If we push ourselves each week, we’re going to be good.”
The ‘Dawgs are now 1-1 on the year. Their next game is at 7 p.m. against long-time nemesis Purcell this Friday night.
The Dragons lost to Washington, 31-0, last week to bring their record to 1-1.
Coach Dale Berglan nominated Toby Prevost for Offensive Player of the Week. Prevost was 7 of 14 passing for 173 yards and four touchdowns. Prevost also ran six times for 49 yards.
Berglan’s nominee for Offensive Lineman of the Week was Wyatt Webb, who graded an 83-percent on the offensive line during Lexington’s 44-8 win over Dibble.
Berglan nominated Avery Armstead for Defensive Player of the Week. Armstead had four tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks.