After halting a long Lexington drive near the goal line early, Friday night’s game went downhill fast for White Knoll.
The Wildcats chalked up a safety and added 34 more points by halftime at the Wolf Den en route to a 50-0 victory against the Timberwolves.
“They just played their assignments and they played hard,” Wildcats coach Josh Stepp said. “When that group plays hard, it’s tough to score on. We need to continue to play well going into the playoffs.”
Lexington finishes the season 9-2 overall and 4-1 in Region 5-4A. The win puts the Wildcats in a 3-way tie with Dutch Fork and North Augusta for first place. Dutch Fork fell XX-XX to the Yellow Jackets Friday night.
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White Knoll finishes the season 6-5 and 1-4.
On the opening drive, Lexington marched 70 yards before being stopped at the White Knoll 4-yard line. It was one of the few highlights on the night for the Timberwolves.
“Our kids offensively, they get upset when they don’t score every time,” Stepp said. “That’s what you love as a coach or an offensive coordinator. They were able to settle down and get into the flow of the game and executed well.”
On the second play of White Knoll’s possession, Lexington defender Brantley Allen stopped Quinn Jones in the end zone for a safety at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter.
A little more thano two minutes later, Grayson Chumley scored from four yards out to make it 8-0 Wildcats.
Lexington added four more touchdowns in the second quarter, as Wildcats defender Tristan Tilton scooped up two White Knoll fumbles and Allen picked off a Craig Blakey pass deep in White Knoll territory to set up a score.
Will Hunter’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Keelo Norris opened the second-quarter fireworks. Then back-to-back Garvin Jackson runs of 10 and 12 yards made it 29-0. Chumley’s 1-yard dive into the end zone 15 seconds before intermission gave the Wildcats a 36-0 lead.
Hunter made it 43-0 in the third quarter with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Allen. He followed with a 19-yard strike to Allen in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.
E’Mond Brown was the highlight for the Timberwolves, rushing for 144 yards on 19 carries, including runs of 36 and 27 yards.
For Lexington, Hunter was 21-for-33 passing for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Norris had 10 catches for 121 yards and a TD.
“This offense is very talented and loaded with weapons,” Stepp said. “We played well, but we didn’t play our best. We’ve got a ton of mistakes to correct, and that’ll start on Monday.”
Stepp said he wasn’t sure how the tie will shake out in terms of seeding for the playoffs, which kick off Friday.
“We’ll worry about us like we do each week,” Stepp said. “We’ll just see who comes to town.”
L – Safety, 6:48
L – Grayson Chumley 4 run (kick failed) 4:21
L – Keelo Norris 29 pass from Will Hunter (Christian Kinsley kick) 7:56
L – Garvin Jackson 10 run (Kinsley kick) 7:31
L – Jackson 12 run (Kinsley kick) 4:07
L – Chumley 1 run (Kinsley kick) :15
L – Brantley Allen 4 pass from Hunter (Kinsley kick) 4:59
L –Allen 19 pass from Hunter (Ryan Hawsey kick) 11:48
RUSHING – Lexington, Jackson 19-86, Chumley 4-11, Hunter 4-32, Carroll 6-19, Ricker 2-(-2), Scott 3-10. White Knoll, Brown 19-144, Jones 5-(-10), Grubbs 1-3, Blakey 4-16, Smith 1-(-4).
PASSING – Lexington, Hunter 25-14-0. White Knoll, Blakey 10-2-1, Smith 5-1-0.
RECEIVING – Lexington, Norris 10-121, Chumley 1-9, Allen 6-51, Brown 1-26, Hopper 3-59. White Knoll, Johnson 1-3, Grubbs 1-4, Johnson 1-23.