Lexington took control at Spring Valley early in the 1st quarter but for the third consecutive week, they needed a strong finish to secure the win.
On the opening drive, the Vikings moved quickly with five runs and two complete passes and found the end zone when quarterback DeQuandre Smith connected with Hunter Roger on a 10-yard hookup.
After a Wildcat three-and-out, they would score on their next 4 possessions to take a 24-7 halftime lead. The scoring opened as Ahmad Bynem-Scott ran 50 yards on 4 carries, the last run a touchdown from 4 yards out. The Cat defense responded with a 4th and 1 stop when Novean Mitchell tackled DeQuandre Smith for a 1 yard loss. The offense was back in the end zone just 28 seconds later on a double pass, Elijah Ogden to Tristan Allen to Alex Reed to move the ball to the 6 where Taylor Mathias rumbled in on the following play for a 14-7 lead.
Spring Valley fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Cats another scoring opportunity from the Viking 25. Six plays later, Brady Bolin was good for a 35-yard field goal as the margin increased to 17-7.
After forcing a punt, the Lexington offense continued to execute as they moved from their 25 to the Spring Valley 1 on 10 plays. It was Taylor Mathias with another touchdown on the short run, giving his team a commanding 24-7 lead.
The Cats got another field goal from Brady Bolin to open the 3rd quarter after traveling 65 yards on 11 plays. Bolin’s 2nd of the night was a 25-yarder. But it took only 24 seconds for the Vikings to answer after coming up short on 4 straight possessions. DeQuandre Smith hit Ty Hill for a 78-yard TD pass to bring Spring Valley within 2 scores, 27-14. On their next drive, Smith was intercepted by Tristan Allen on a 3rd and long play. Brady Bolin added a another field goal, this one from 39 as the Wildcat advantage increased to 30-14.
The momentum which had been squarely in favor of Lexington shifted quickly. Spring Valley engineered a 12-play, 82 yard touchdown drive. Smith completed 7 of 9 passes and carried 3 times, the third a 17 yard scoring run. After a missed 2-point try, the score was 30-20. A quick Wildcat 3-and-out and big Viking punt return to the Lexington 27 yard line put Spring Valley in business again. Smith quickly had his team back in the end zone on two passes as the Wildcat lead slipped to just 3 points.
Then the momentum shifted again for good. PJ Ulenchong’s kickoff was fielded by Alex Reed at the Lexington 10 and outran the Viking coverage for a touchdown and a 10 point lead. Minutes later, from their own 31, a Viking pass was broken up by Tristan Allen. Ahmad Bynem-Scott’s last run of the evening clinched the win as he covered 44 yards for another Wildcat touchdown. Bynem-Scott led all rushers, totaling 182 yards in the game.
Lexington is now 5-1 as they head to Region 5 play next Friday when thy host White Knoll for Hall of Fame Night.
Rushing Yards: Lexington 234, Spring Valley 117
Passing Yards: Lexington 123, Spring Valley 192
Total Offense: Lexington 61 plays/357 yards, Spring Valley 51 plays/309 yards
Penalties: Lexington 6 for 44 yards, Spring Valley 7 for 63 yards
Ahmad Bynem-Scott: 22 carries for 182 yards, 2 TD
Taylor Mathias: 9 carries for 27 yards, 2 TD
Carlton Finney: 4 carries for 26 yards
Elijah Ogden: 12 for 18 for 105 yards
Tristan Allen: 1 for 1 for 35 yards
Alex Reed: 4 catches for 84 yards
Anthony LaRusso: 2 catches for 16 yards
Coleman Vancoutren: 2 catches for 15 yards
Jayden Geiger: 2 catches for 9 yards
Lexington Field Goals
Brady Bolin: 3/3, 35, 25, 39
Tristan Allen: 8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU
Coleman Vancoutren: 6 tackles, 1 TFL
Payton Mathis: 6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Levi Gulasa: 6 tackles
Josiah Schrodt: 6 tackles
David Cromer: 5 tackles, 1 PBU
Novean Mitchell: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL
William Frazier: 2 tackles, 1.5 sack, 1.5 TFL