Prior to Friday’s game against Dutch Fork, Head Coach Perry Woolbright expressed concern about how his team would respond if the Foxes took a commanding early lead. Dutch Fork, ranked as the #3 5A team in the state was averaging 50 points of offense in their 5 games. Coach Woolbright did not want a repeat of what happened in week 4 at North Augusta when the Yellowjackets delivered the Cats’ only lopsided loss.
Just a minute and 45 seconds into the game, Bryce Thompson scored on a 2 yard run to cap off a 5 play, 69 yard Dutch Fork drive. After a Lexington three-and-out, it was Bryce Thompson reaching the end zone again on a 6 play possession to put his team up 13-0 with nearly 6 minutes left in the first quarter.
Bryce Thompson started his high school football career at Dutch Fork but later transferred to Ben Lippen. He was a welcome addition when he returned as a Silver Fox for his senior season. Friday evening he would go on to rush for 180 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also caught 3 passes and threw for 1 completion.
With the possibility of a blowout looming, it was time for Lexington to show their composure. After losing a fumble, they held Dutch Fork to a 36 yard field goal attempt which was missed badly. The Cats turned it over again on the next possession via an interception, but they held on a Fox 4th down play. Then it was another three-and-out but the Wildcats forced a Dutch Fork punt.
The Silver Fox offense could not produce until the 4:44 mark in the second quarter. Bryce Thompson’s 20 yard scoring run increased the margin to 20-0 as both teams headed to the halftime break.
While they continued to struggle with the ball, the Lexington defense played well in the second half, limiting the potent Dutch Fork offense. After both teams exchanged punts, the Wildcats were forced into punt formation for the second consecutive time. The Foxes came with heavy pressure, blocked the kick, and took possession at the Lexington 18. Three plays later, Bryce Thompson struck again on a scoring run, his fourth of the game. The extra point was blocked and the score stood at 26-0.
Late in the third quarter, Dutch Fork stalled after a 9 play drive. Ford Williams delivered with a 27 yard field goal and the score was 29-0.
After Parker Vancoutren intercepted a Graeson Underwood in the end zone, Lexington began what would be a balanced and successful possession. They ran 16 plays, covered 80 yards, taking 7:16 to put up the only points of the evening. Quarterback Chase Crouch was 5 for 5 passing, one to Mitchell McGee, another to Jordan Hiller, and three to brother William Crouch. Jordan Hiller ran 7 times for 35 yards, the final one for a score.
Lexington showed its characteristic tenacity and grit as they held Dutch Fork to just 9 points in the second half while scoring 7. After the game, Coach Woolbright commented, “It was not the outcome we wanted but our kids never give up and always stick with the fight until the end. We will work on cutting out the mistakes and getting ready for a big week.” It will be senior week at Lexington as the Wildcats prepare for their last regular season home game against Blythewood. The Cats are now 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Region 5 games.
Rushing Yards: Lexington 114, Dutch Fork 233
Passing Yards: Lexington 137, Dutch Fork 69
Total Offense: Lexington 64 plays/251 yards, Dutch Fork 51 plays/302 yards
Turnovers Lost: Lexington 3 (1 INT, 2 fumbles), Dutch Fork 3 (2 INT, 1 fumble)
Penalties: Lexington 5 for 23 yards, Dutch Fork 4 for 29 yards
Jordan Hiller: 20 carries for 84 yards, 1 TD
Chase Crouch: 11 carries for 28 yards
Chase Crouch: 18 for 25 for 165 yards, 1 INT
William Crouch: 6 catches for 44 yards
Jordan Hiller: 5 catches for 28 yards
Mitchell McGee: 4 catches for 47 yards
Trevor Daniel: 1 catch for 26 yards
Individual Kick Returns
Mitchell McGee: 3 for 50 yards
Will Mosier: 8 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Logan Cripe: 8 tackles
Parker Vancoutren: 8 tackles, 1 INT
Chandler Corley: 5 tackles, 1 pass breakup
David Cromer: 5 tackles
Levi Gulasa: 4 tackles
Jaylen McCoy: 3 tackles including 1 tackle for loss
Mitchell McGee: 2 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass breakup