Freshman Football Gets Its 1st Victory of the Season!

September 19, 2014

The Freshman Football team traveled to Hastings on Thursday night to face the Tigers.  The freshmen took the opening kickoff and marched all the way down to the 15 yard line before the ball was stripped away by a Tiger defender on 4th down to end the drive.  The Minutemen were able to force the Tigers to punt after a couple of 1st downs and resumed a drive of their own that appeared to be promising with a big gain on 2nd down by Dalton Schumacher.  Unfortunately, the Minutemen were flagged for holding and the play was called back.  The Minutemen were unable to recover and were forced to punt for the first time.  The Tigers were forced to punt after a huge 15-yard loss on 3rd down.  The Minutemen began their next drive with big gains from Wilmer Hernandez and Javier Rivas leading the way.  However, a fumble abruptly ended that drive.  The Lexington defense provided a quick 3 and out and forced the Tigers to punt yet again.  With two good gains by Rivas and Juan Garcia, Hernandez took the 3rd and short toss play 66 yards for the opening touchdown!  The Minutemen held on to a 6-0 lead at halftime. 


To open the 2nd half Hastings answered with a quick 3-play drive to tie it up at 6-6.  Lexington answered with its own 2 play scoring drive on the following possession.  Easton Young hit Tony Stewart for a 15-yard pickup on 1st down.  On the very next play Hernandez broke a few tackles and ran for a 42-yard touchdown to give the Minutemen the lead again at 12-6.  The Tigers and Minutemen traded punts on the next two drives.  With the Minutemen taking over at its own 49 yard line, Dalton Schumacher scored on the third play of the drive with a 44-yard rushing touchdown to push the lead to 18-6 before the end of the 3rd quarter.  The Minutemen forced the Tigers to punt on their next possession and looked like they were going to put the game away but failed to convert on a fourth and short deep in Tiger territory, which gave the ball back to Hastings.  The Tigers put together a good drive and scored to make it 18-14.  On the next series Dalton Schumacher appeared to have sealed the game taking the ball down to the Tiger 20-yard line on 3rd down for a 30 yard gain and 1st down, but again his big gain was negated by a holding call.  The Minutemen were forced to punt to give the Tigers one last chance with less than 2 minutes to play.  The Tigers gained little on their first two plays of the drive and threw it deep on third down only to have it batted away.  On fourth down the Tiger quarterback attempted to scramble for the 1st down but was dragged down by Oracio Corona short of the 1st down line to give the ball back to Lexington so they could kneel it for the victory.  Lexington defeated Hastings 18-14.