LCA defeats Middlesboro

Published 12:14 pm Monday, October 2, 2017

From start to finish, Lexington Christian made their goal clear — score as many points as possible in regulation. Up until the final whistle was blown, the Eagles were trying to put points on the board. When the game ended, No. 4 LCA had handed Middlesboro a 76-28 loss.

In defeat, the Yellow Jackets allowed the most points they have in a single game since 2013 — when they lost 77-46 to Pikeville.

The Eagles displayed a balanced offense that showcased why they are ranked No. 4 in the state in Class 2A. They racked up 280 yards rushing and 209 yards passing. Dillon Wheatley finished the game with 83 yards and five touchdowns on 14 carries.

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Logan Nieves went 7-for-8 through the air for 192 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 65 yards on six carries. Three receivers finished with at least one touchdown grab. Drayden Burton ended the game with a team-high 79 yards and a touchdown on two receptions. Dearious Smith finished with a team-high two touchdowns on three receptions.

The Middlesboro offense were held to 122 yards rushing and 77 yards passing on the night. One of the biggest issues for the Jackets offensively were turnovers. The team threw two interceptions and coughed up two fumbles.

From the beginning, the game was never in any doubt. LCA scored 28 points in the first quarter before adding 41 in the second. Middlesboro trailed 69-28 heading into halftime.

One of the Jackets biggest plays came from an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Owen McWilliams.

Up Next

Middlesboro (2-5) has a bye week this Friday before hitting the road to take on No. 1 Danville (7-0) on Oct. 13.

Lexington Christian (7-0) will host No. 6 Somerset (5-2) on Friday.

Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN