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Kennedy kick lifts Lexington over A.C. Flora

Postgame reaction from Lexington's win over A.C. Flora

Lexington defeated A.C. Flora 20-17 on Gunnar Kennedy's 31-yard FG with one second left.
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Lexington defeated A.C. Flora 20-17 on Gunnar Kennedy's 31-yard FG with one second left.

Gunnar Kennedy kicked a 31-yard field goal with one second remaining to give Lexington a 20-17 victory Thursday night against A.C. Flora at Memorial Stadium.

The winning kick came after the Wildcats marched 51 yards in 10 plays. Dai’Quan Wells did the bulk of the damage on the drive with runs of 15 and 18 yards.

It was the first winning kick in Kennedy’s career.

“It’s the first time for me. It was exciting,” Kennedy said. “I wasn’t nervous. I knew I had been practicing for a while and knew I could do it. The snap was good, so it was up to me after that.”

A.C. Flora (0-2) tied it on a 30-yard run by Lane Botkin with 2:50 remaining.

The Wildcats started at their own 35 and Wells put them into Falcons territory at the 45 with his 15-yard scamper. Chase Crouch hit McGee Mitchell for 7 yards on a third-and-5 to keep the drive alive.

Two plays later, Wells ran for 18 yards into field goal range.

Lexington opened the scoring when Donte Davis capped an 11-play, 58-yard drive to give the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead.

But Lexington’s offense slowed after that and had opportunities but came away empty each time. The Wildcats drove inside the A.C. Flora 30-yard line but ended up punting both times. That included reaching the Falcons’ 14-yard line before a penalty forced them to punt from the 29-yard line.

The Falcons utilized a big play run game to take the lead going into the half. Coleman Pope had a run of 38 yards and Botkin capped the drive with a 12-yard scoring run with 1:13 remaining in the half. Botkin ran 16 yards on fourth-and-inches from the 28-yard to keep the drive alive.

TURNING POINT

Neither team was doing much offensively when Eric Ricker turned the momentum in Lexington’s favor.

He intercepted a halfback pass to give the Wildcats possession at the Falcons’ 28-yard line. Two plays later, Wells ran 16 yards for a touchdown to give Lexington a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.

KEY PERFORMERS

Dai’Quan Wells: The senior saw spot duty on offense but was key when it counted. He had 94 yards on eight carries to lead the Wildcats attack.

Lane Botkin: The A.C. Flora senior played both ways late and finished with 106 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He had scoring runs of 12 and 30 yards.

KEY NUMBERS

4: Number of times A.C. Flora snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head. That put them behind the chains several times.

3: A.C. Flora converted 3-of-3 fourth down chances and had one on each of the three scoring drives.

THEY SAID IT

“We’ll celebrate the win but that was four quarters of bad football that we just played. But I do think it’s the mark of a good team to come on the road early in the year, not play very well and still win.” – Lexington coach Josh Stepp

“Our guys played their hearts out but we have to clean up the little things. It’s frustrating when you feel like you beat yourself two weeks in a row. We had a chance to win the game and we have to find a way.” – A.C. Flora coach Reggie Shaw

1st Quarter

L – Donte Davis 1 run (Gunnar Kennedy kick) 7:59

2nd Quarter

ACF – Thomas McCutchen 32 FG 10:19

ACF – Lane Botkin 12 run (McCutchen kick) 1:13

3rd Quarter

L – Dai’Quan Wells 16 run (Kennedy kick) 1:39

4th Quarter

L – Kennedy 27 FG 5:01

ACF – Botkin 30 run (McCutchen kick) 2:50

L – Kennedy 31 FG 0:01

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: L: Dai’Quan Wells 8-94, Donte Davis 16-75, Chase Crouch 8-49, Cooper Smith 6-13. ACF: Lane Botkin 9-106, Coleman Pope 11-66, Leighton Long 5-13, Rodney McNeil 3-5.

Passing: L: Crouch 8-18-0-91. ACF: Andrews 16-22-1-116, Long 2-4-0-25, McNeil 0-1-1-0.

Receiving: L: Jordan Hiller 2-30, Oscar Ferguson 2-14, Wells 2-33, Mitchell McGee 1-7. ACF: Jaquarious Wilson 4-40, Thomas Hollingsworth 5-29, Cam Riley 5-34, Cory Riley 3-35

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