Lexington Christian Academy's offense lit up the scoreboard like a pinball machine in a 63-21 rout of Breathitt County Friday night.
The host Eagles rang up five touchdowns in the second quarter on their way to a 42-7 halftime blowout. Domonique Hayden was spectacular, rushing 21 times for 241 yards and four TDs, pushing his career TD total to 101.
So what prompted the biggest smile from winning Coach Paul Rains?
Lexington Christian's defense.
"Defense is what we hope is going to take us to the promised land," Rains said. "This was a nice challenge, playing against backs the caliber of (Channing) Fugate and (Jade) Haddix.
"Being able to shut them down gives us a lot of confidence."
Last year, Breathitt County ran roughshod over the Eagles as Fugate rumbled for 403 yards and six TDs in a 40-26 victory.
"That was embarrassing, we had to get some respect back," said LCA junior defensive end Neil Whitman.
"We talked all week about playing together and stopping Fugate. One of us can't take him down, but the whole team can."
Whitman, Will Thomas Collins, Chad Hall and Adam Hall led the defensive charge.
Fugate, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior who has committed to Tennessee, carried 20 times for 68 yards and one TD. He lost two fumbles in the first half.
"Coach reminded us often of that 400-yard game Fugate had, so we keyed on him and stopped him this time," Collins said.
Haddix, Breathitt County's quarterback, passed for 107 yards and ran for 89, but he couldn't keep his offense clicking on a consistent basis.
Four fumbles and an interception in the first half helped to kill the Bobcats' chances.
"If you don't take care of the football against a good team, they'll put it on you good," Coach Mike Holcomb said. "That's what happened to us in the first half."
LCA's offense, on the other hand, was unstoppable all night as it piled up 534 yards as they improved their record to 4-0.
Led by Hayden, a 5-9, 220-pound dynamo, the Eagles rushed for 365 yards.
Quarterback Lucas Witt threw for 128 yards and two TDs, and ran for 72 yards, including a 51-yard scoring sprint.
"They play fast, and remind me of the way we used to be," said Holcomb, who has led the Bobcats to three state titles.
Breathitt County, state runner-up in Class 3A last year, has lost four in a row after a season-opening win.
"We've got to go back to the drawing board and find some people who can step up and make plays," Holcomb said.
LCA, a Class A state contender, has been an offensive marvel the last few years but has lacked a stout defense, especially against the run.
"We've played some great defense this year, and shutting down Breathitt County should be a big confidence-builder for us and our run defense," Rains said.
"This was a big win, and it gets us tuned up for next week."
That's when 4A power Lexington Catholic comes calling.
Breathitt County 0 7 8 6—21
Lexington Christian 7 35 14 7—63
LCA—Domonique Hayden 4 run (Chaz Witt kick). LCA—Hayden 21 run (Chaz Witt kick). BC—Channing Fugate 18 run (Billy Davis kick). LCA—Lucas Witt 51 run (Chaz Witt kick). LCA—Adam Hall 20 pass from Lucas Witt (Chaz Witt kick). LCA—Hayden 54 run (Chaz Witt kick). LCA—Sam Duff 34 pass from Branden Burdette. LCA—Hayden 29 run (Chaz Witt kick). BC—Jade Haddix 1 run (Fugate run). LCA—Clay Mossbarger 33 pass from Lucas Witt (Chaz Witt kick). LCA—Max Barjuca 10 pass from Scout McCamy (Chaz Witt kick). BC—Jamie Watkins 40 pass from Richard Trent (pass failed).
Records—Breathitt County 1-4; LCA 4-0