Reese Ryan passed for three touchdowns and Lexington Catholic's rush offense did the rest Friday night, spoiling Bryan Station's homecoming 28-21.
Ryan completed 14 of 22 passes for 208 yards, including a pair of touchdown throws to David Bouvier and one to Justin Brownell.
"I knew they had a lot of athletes and that team is very quick," Ryan said. "It was very tough to get outside 'em. They were on me the whole night. My line did an exceptional job, and my running backs ran all over them."
The No. 7 Knights (2-2) outgained the ninth-rated Defenders 236 yards to 98 on the ground. Noah Mitchell led the way with 125 yards on 19 carries, while Marcelis Logan had 85 on 12 tries.
"I didn't feel like we ever got in a rhythm offensively," Knights Coach Bill Letton said. "We did in the second half. But a lot of it was we had a bunch of guys go down, and go down early with injuries.
"I think the whole key was the guys that were thrown into action, that weren't necessarily expecting to get a whole lot of action, really came through for us tonight."
Overshadowed in the loss was the effort turned in by Ora "Bo" Johnson.
He led the Defenders (1-2) with 77 run yards on 19 carries and, like Ryan, passed for three touchdowns. He finished 22-for-38 passing, good for 250 yards.
Catholic led 14-13 at halftime, getting TD passes of 10 and 35 yards from Ryan to Bouvier.
Bouvier would finish with six catches totaling 115 yards.
Bryan Station scored on Johnson TD tosses of 7 and 67 yards to C.J. Walker Jr., who ended with 10 grabs for 153 yards.
The Defenders came out firing, converting four third downs on a game-opening touchdown drive. The score came on a sky-high fade to Walker.
Early in the second quarter, though, a bad snap foiled a Defenders punt attempt. Catholic's Braxton Couch covered the fumbled snap at the Station 29.
Four plays later, Ryan found Bouvier from 10 yards out.
Ryan and Bouvier clicked again with 4:50 left in the half, this time from 35 yards, to take a 14-7 lead.
"He was blowing by them today and he was really finding the seams," Ryan said of Bouvier. "He would just get past those corners and I just found him."
The Defenders climbed to within a point on Walker's second scoring catch, a 67-yarder, with 1:02 left. The PAT kick was partially blocked and clanked short off the crossbar.
Catholic made it 28-13 through three quarters, getting a 2-yard TD run by Logan and a 27-yard Ryan-to-Brownell TD throw.
Station followed with a hurry-up offense and drove to within inches of the goal line. But Catholic stopped three consecutive runs from that spot to take over on downs.
"That was a huge stop right there," Letton said.
It wasn't until 4:43 remained when Bryan Station pulled to within a touchdown. Johnson found Tequan Claitt for an 8-yard score, then hit Walker for a two-point conversion.
Catholic was able to run out the clock, though.
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC 28, BRYAN STATION 21
Lexington Catholic 0 14 14 0—28
Bryan Station 7 6 0 8—21
BS—C.J. Walker 7 pass from Ora Johnson (JaJuan Sleet kick); LC—David Bouvier 10 pass from Reese Ryan (Donovan Morris kick); LC—Bouvier 35 pass from Ryan (Morris kick) BS—Walker 67 pass from Johnson (kick blocked); LC—Marcelis Logan 2 run (Morris kick); LC—Justin Brownell 27 pass from Ryan (Morris kick); BS—Tequan Claitt 8 pass from Johnson (Walker pass from Johnson).
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