For nearly two and half quarters, it was Lexington - not Dorman - that looked more like one of the top teams in Class 4A.
But after a two-touchdown spurt in a 44-second span in the third quarter, the Cavaliers scored 40 points over the final fourteen minutes and pulled away for a 54-17 spanking of the short-handed Wildcats at Lexington on Friday night.
The turnaround began after Rob Greene hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Foster with 3:17 remaining in the third quarter to give the Cavaliers a 21-14 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Adrian Wigfall was unable to come up with the pooch kick, and Anthony Hinton recovered at the Lexington 19-yard line. Two plays later, Raymond Smith scored on a 17-yard run from the Wildcat formation.
"The score is not indicative of how close the football game was," Dorman coach David Gutshall said. "The biggest play of the game was the kickoff they muffed. We were able to get up by two scores, and things sort of steamrolled out of control from there."
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From that point on, the game was all third-ranked Dorman (4-0) as they scored on six straight second-half possessions.
Quentin Tucker scored on a 10-yard run before Foster connected on his third touchdown pass, a 33-yarder to Casey Cohen. Jordan Thompson added a 4-yard run, and P. Davis-Meadows finished off the scoring with a 52-yard interception return.
"We thought we might could out-athlete them," Gutshall said. "We couldn't get off the field in the first half, but we hung in there. We told them at the half that if they wanted to be champions, they had to step up when things were going bad."
Foster, a three-year starter, ran the Cavaliers attack efficiently. He finished 12-of-19 passing for 208 yards and three scores. He overcame two first-half turnovers.
"We knew we didn't play well in the first half, and we had to come out and get it in gear," Foster said. "The line blocked great, the backs did what they do and we played much better in the second half."
It looked like Lexington (1-3) would take it down to the wire before three second-half turnovers did them in.
Foster staked the Cavaliers to a 7-0 lead with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Charone Peake. But the Wildcats, who ran 35 first-half plays to 18 for Dorman, answered back in the second quarter.
A 15-play, 72-yard drive chewed over seven minutes off the clock before Matthew Jones kicked a 25-yard field goal. After a Marcus Outen interception, Lexington ripped off a nine-play, 71-yard drive that was capped by a 7-yard run by Wigfall.
Dorman 7 0 21 26- 54
Lexington 0 10 7 0- 17
D- Charone Peake 22 pass from Johnny Foster (Paul Inclan kick) 1:34
L- Matthew Jones 25 Kick 6:18
L- Adrian Wigfall 7 run (Jones kick) :54
D- A.J. Booker 3 run (Inclan kick) 7:27
L- Shaq Roland 66 run (Jones kick) 5:27
D- Rob Greene 45 pass from Foster (Inclan kick) 3:17
D- Raymond Smith 17 run (Inclan kick) 2:33
D- Quentin Tucker 10 run (kick failed) 8:38
D- Casey Cohen 33 pass from Foster (Inclan kick) 5:08
D- Jordan Thompson 4 run (kick failed) 2:00
D- P. Davis Meadows 52 interception return (Inclan kick) 1:39
First Downs 16 13
Rushes-yds 29-195 45-223
Passing yds 227 32
Comp-Att-Int 13-20-1 3-8-1
Punts 1-41 4-34
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-2
Penalties 8-65 2-10
Rushing: D- R. Smith 8-54, C. Peake 2-13, J. Foster 4-43, Q. Tucker 4-11, A.J. Booker 7-40, J. Thompson 3-7, R. Greene 2-27. L- S. Roland 15-94, A. Wigfall 18-79, K. Miller 12-50.
Passing: D- J. Foster 12-19-1-208, N. Hughes 1-1-0-19. L- S. Roland 3-8-1-32.
Receiving: D- C. Peake 6-86, A.J. Booker 1-25, R. Greene 2-71, A. Bomar 2-22, C. Cohen 2-22. L- J. Mills 1-26, J. Kader 1-2.