The first six times he ran the ball, Domonique Hayden of Lexington Christian gained 10 yards.
The next time he carried the ball, Hayden broke three tackles and dashed 34 yards for a touchdown.
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Hayden and the Eagles were off to the races in a 56-36 victory over visiting Campbellsville on Saturday night.
Hayden turned on the jets in the second half by rushing for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the White, Greer and Maggard Christian Classic. That gave him 179 yards on 27 carries., and he scored five touchdowns, "the most ever" in one game, he said.
"(Hayden) came through in the second half," winning coach Paul Rains said.
"The linemen came out and really blocked hard," Hayden said. "We had a talk at halftime, and everybody picked it up. We knew we had a target on our back."
Lexington Christian, runner-up in Class A last season, supplied enough offense to withstand an inspired effort by Thomas Downs and his teammates from Campbellsville.
Downs, MVP for his team, finished with 193 rushing yards on 17 carries. His 92-yard touchdown in the third quarter was the longest in a game of long plays. He leaped over a potential tackler early in the run and won the long chase to the end zone.
Lexington Christian jumped to a 28-6 lead before the visitors scored in the final half-minute before intermission.
Campbellsville eventually pulled within 43-36 with 7:28 left in the game.
LCA marched down the field, ending with an 11-yard scoring run by Hayden with 5:34 left. He had 54 yards on five carries in the 66-yard drive, and the home team led 50-36.
The teams swapped turnovers, Campbellsville taking possession on its 33 with 5:22 left.
Campbellsville managed a 12-yard gain by Zach Altman on the first play. Then a 3-yard gain was followed by three incompletions.
Hayden ran 39 yards on the first play to the Campbellsville 4, and he scored on the next play with 2:53 left.
LCA's Tyler Townsend, a senior receiver and safety, was named most valuable player for the winners.
Townsend had two catches for 63 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown. He was credited with five tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
"I wish we could have received a team award," Townsend said. "There wasn't any certain MVP out there. Everybody came together."
Townsend said Lexington Christian maintained its intensity, and "our tradition helped a lot."
"Our defense didn't show up," Rains said, "but our offense was OK."
Lexington Christian amassed 478 total yards, including 267 on the passing arm of quarterback Lucas Witt. The junior completed 18 of 31 passes with three touchdowns.
Branden Burdette had nine receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown. His 22-yard score opened the point parade four minutes into the game.
Lexington Christian 56Campbellsville 36
Campbellsville 0 14 14 8—36
Lexington Christian 14 14 15 13—56
LC—Branden Burdette 22 pass from Lucas Witt (Chaz Witt kick); LC—Dominique Hayden 34 run (C. Witt kick); LC—Joey Meehan 29 pass from L. Witt (C. Witt kick); C—Thomas Downs 1 run (kick failed); LC—Hayden 1 run (C. Witt kick); C—Michael McCubbin 24 pass from Aaron Schwoebel (Zach Altman run); C—McCubbin 58 run (McCubbin pass from Schwoebel); LC—Tyler Townsend 51 pass from L. Witt (Ben Hartley pass from L. Witt); C—Downs 92 run (pass failed); LC—Hayden 3 run (C. Witt kick); C—McCubbin 12 pass from Schwoebel (C. Witt kick); LC—Hayden 11 run (C. Witt kick); LC—Hayden 4 run (kick failed).