Lexington defeated Concord 21-15 Friday night at Robert C. Bailey Stadium. The Spiders overcame a 15-0 Lexington halftime lead to tie the game in the 4th but Lexington added the deciding touchdown with 5 minutes remaining.
After a few punts Lexington got on the board with a Quandarious Crump 27 yard touchdown run. Early in the second quarter Lexington struck again as Trae Sanders added a 22 yard touchdown run, the Yellow Jackets added a 2 point conversion run to stretch their lead to 15-0. Lexington would drive again but the Spider defense recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble to end the drive. Concord was unable to capitalize on the fumble. Later Lexington would miss a 27 yard field goal attempt. Jason Willix picked off an Al Challenger pass to end another yellow Jacket drive.
Spider wide receiver Jacquise Moore took over at quarterback to start the game. However the Spiders offense would still struggle against a solid Lexington defense. The Spiders ended the first half with 18 yards and one first down.
In the second half the Spiders dialed up the intensity. Defensive back Mark O'Brien picked off an Al Challenger pass and returned it into Lexington territory but the drive stalled. On the next Lexington drive the Spider defense held the Jackets after 3 consecutive losses.
Jacquise Moore provided the spark the Spiders needed on a spectacular 91 yard touchdown run. Moore scrambled, eluded one Lexington player and ran untouched the rest of the way. Concord's defense held again and the Lexington punter was tackled at his own 15 after a bad snap.
Lexington's defense held the Spiders to a 4th down and 4 to go. Spider quarterback Jordan Havinga was able to draw an offsides penalty to continue the drive. Lexington buckled down again forcing a Brandon Barnhardt field goal attempt. After a botched snap holder Ryan Goodman scooped the ball up and scrambled to his left throwing a pass back toward the right pylon. Jacquise Moore outjumped two Lexington defenders to make the catch and score. Concord would add a two point conversion pass form Jordan Havinga to DeAndre Schoolfield to tie the game.
The deciding play came with about 5 minutes remaining. Al Challenger found Reco Hairston on a long pass play. Hairston fumbled near the goal line but Lexington tailback Duke Horton recovered and scored. The extra point was no good. Concord could not answer and Lexington put the game away with a 4th down conversion.
Jalen Brown led all defenders with 8 tackles. Wesley Scott had 3 tackles for a loss. Mark O'Brien and Jason Willix added interceptions.
Jaquise Moore led the Spiders with 89 yards rushing and a touchdown reception.
Photos from Dale Barbee coming soon.
Stats courtesy Scott Dyer and Billy Lyerly.