With a 49-21 victory against rival White Knoll on Friday, Lexington secured a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
"We've played a lot better each week, and that was the case tonight," Lexington coach Allen Sitterle said. "We had a lot of good things happen for us."
Especially Friday, when the Wildcats (5-6, 4-3) rolled up 378 yards of offense and broke a tie with the Timberwolves in Region 5-4A. Lexington earned a No. 4 seed for the playoffs. White Knoll could earn an at-large bid.
Lexington's defense was up to the task as well, holding White Knoll to 179 yards - all on the ground.
"Lexington had an outstanding game plan," White Knoll coach Gordon Walters said. "They did to us what we wanted to do to them, which was to run down the clock."
Trailing by seven at halftime, things went from bad to worse for the host Timberwolves.
Lexington took its opening drive 69 yards on 10 plays and capped it with Kevin Miller's 9-yard touchdown run.
"When our first drive of the second half went for a score, that was a big turn for us," said Wildcats running back Adrian Wigfall, who rushed for 136 yards on 14 carries.
Lexington, trying to snap a three-game losing streak, made the most of White Knoll's mistakes. After Wigfall returned a punt 67 yards for a score to give the Wildcats a 35-14 lead, the Timberwolves fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Lexington recovered at the White Knoll 39.
Three plays later, Miller scored on a 15-yard carry to put the game out of reach.
Lexington did plenty of damage in the second quarter also, scoring on three of four possessions.
The Wildcats began their first scoring drive at the White Knoll 44 late in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Shaq Roland connected with Jalen Cook twice for 27 yards to move the Wildcats to the White Knoll 10.
Then, on the first play of the second quarter, Wigfall's 8-yard run set the Wildcats up with first-and-goal from the 2. Roland lunged in for the score on the next play to knot the score at 7.
After a White Knoll three-and-out, Lexington was back at it, rushing 68 yards on a nine-play scoring drive capped by Miller's 6-yard run.
But White Knoll pinned the Wildcats at their 15 at the start of their next drive, and three plays later Eugene Holmes intercepted of Roland. Justin Rose rushed three times - including a 3-yard score - to knot the score at 14 with less than three minutes to go in the half.
Lexington answered quickly. Wigfall had three carries on the ensuing possession, the third an untouched, 52-yard scoring run that put the Wildcats ahead for good.
Even without a guaranteed playoff spot, Walters was proud of his team's effort in his first season.
"I can't say enough about the progress we've made this year. They should all be really proud of themselves for what we've learned and done," he said.
Lexington 0 21 21 7 - 49
White Knoll 7 7 0 7 - 21
WK - Justin Rose 4 run (Christian Hidalgo kick), 7: 58
L - Shaq Roland 2 run (Matthew Jones kick); 11:32
L - Kevin Miller 6 run (Jones kick), 7:08
WK - Rose 3 run (Hidalgo kick), 2:43
L - Adrian Wigfall 52 run (Jones kick), 1:52
L - Miller 9 run (Jones kick), 7:47
L - Wigfall 67 punt return (Jones kick), 2:49
L - Miller 15 run (Jones kick), 1:54
L - Chad Lee 45 run (Jones kick), 10:39
WK - Lamar Ray 6 run (Hidalgo kick), 1:26
First downs 13 10
Rushes-yards 44-332 50-179
Passing 3-46 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 3-6-1 0-1-0
Punts-avg. 1-34 5-34.5
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 1-5 3-15
RUSHING - Lexington, Adrian Wigfall 10-146, Shaq Roland 7-9, Kevin Miller 14-91, Chad Lee 3-57, Drutis Devin 1-7. White Knoll, Lamar Ray 4-18, Justin Rose 19-63, Nate Goodley 5-24, Dalton Taylor 12-36, Aaron Long 2-4.
PASSING - Lexington, Shaq Roland 3-6-1.
RECEIVING - Lexington, Jalen Cook 2-27, Wigfall 1-19.
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