Heavy rain and lightning delayed the opening of the 2019 football season and later forced the game to be completed on Saturday morning. Fourteen hours after kickoff, the Cats finally got the win over Irmo by a final of 21-6.
Lexington put up a score on a quick first drive. On the second play from scrimmage, senior running back Ahmad Bynem-Scott raced 62 yards from the Wildcat 30 to the Yellowjacket 8. Two plays later, senior Taylor Mathias carried it in from the 7 yard line. After Brady Bolin tacked on the extra point, Lexington was off to a 7-0 lead.
Then Cat fans witnessed a dominating performance from their defense. While Lexington would not score again until the second half, the “D” held their opponents to five straight 3-and-outs, limiting the Irmo drives to 5, -4, -1, 5, and -3 yards. The Jackets extended a drive just before the half when quarterback Dylan Williams passed for 4 and 8 yards and ran for 14 and 17. They advanced to the Lexington 30 yard line with seconds to go but a Williams pass to Kobe Taylor fell to the soggy turf as the first half clock expired.
The Irmo offense got off to a strong start as the third quarter began. Eleven straight carries by either quarterback Dylan Williams or running back Isaiah Williams allowed them to move the ball from their own 45 to the Lexington 18. The Cats tightened up and forced a 4th and 5 from the 13 yard line, but Wildcats Novean Mitchell and David Cromer combined for a tackle-for-loss and snuffed out the drive.
On their next possession, though, the Jackets got on the board with a 47-yard scoring strike from Williams to Jaden Kinard. The point after was mishandled as the Lexington maintained a narrow 7-6 lead.
Novean Mitchell came up big again on an ensuing Lexington punt when the forced a fumble and recovered the ball on the Irmo 25. Five plays later, Ahmad Bynem-Scott carried from the 7 yard line for the score. Brady Bolin was again good on the PAT and the Cats were up 14-6.
After a Jacket 3-and-out, Lexington looked to deliver the knockout punch. They moved the ball on an Irmo penalty and 23 rushing yards from Bynem-Scott. As the Cats lined up for a 2nd and goal from the 6 yard line, another storm had moved over the LHS campus and a lightning strike caused another delay. Torrential rain and continued lightning forced suspension of the game until Saturday morning at 11:00.
On the completion of the drive, Lexington came up short on 3 straight runs and turned the ball over on downs inside the 5-yard line. It would be the defense that would close out the season opening win. On their 7th play from scrimmage from their 26, Irmo quarterback Trevon Davis’ pass was intercepted by senior linebacker Levi Gulasa and he returned it all the way for a pick-6. After the point after, Lexington had secured a 21-6 win.
The Wildcats will host the Dreher Blue Devils this Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7:30.
Final Score: Lexington 21, Irmo 6
Rushing: Lexington 38 carries for 221 yards, Irmo 27 carries for 95 yards
Passing: Lexington 1 for 6 for 6 yards, Irmo 6 for 23 for 56 yards, 1 INT
Total Offense: Lexington 46 plays for 214 yards, Irmo 52 plays for 151 yards
Time of Possession: Lexington 28:39, Irmo 19:21
Ahmad Bynem-Scott: 16 carries for 140 yards, 1 TD, long run 62 yards
Taylor Mathias: 16 carries for 85 yards, 1 TD
Elijah Ogden: 1 for 6 for 6 yards
Deonta Sanders: 1 catch for 6 yards
Levi Gulasa: 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 INT returned for 36 yards
Matthew Frye: 5 tackles
William Frazier: 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
David Cromer: 4 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss
Josiah Schrodt: 4 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup
Luke O’Brien: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss
Novean Mitchell: 4 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery