After a long, rainy, muddy, night of football, Lexington Catholic soaked up the joy of rallying past host Lexington Christian 27-26 in a game that included a two-hour delay because of lightning.
The Knights trailed 26-14 when play was suspended late in the third quarter.
When action resumed at 11:15 p.m., Lexington Catholic's Greg Raglin quickly swung the momentum in the Knights' favor.
The 5-foot-6, 180-pound senior running back shook loose on a 46-yard touchdown run that trimmed the deficit to 26-20.
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"We thought, if we could score before the end of the third quarter, things might be different," Lexington Catholic Coach Bill Letton said.
He was right.
After the Knights' defense locked down LCA on its next possession, the visitors scored again. They drove 75 yards in eight plays, including a 50-yard scamper by Raglin.
Nic Ward's 7-yard TD toss to tight end Bryce Andrews, and Benton Hupman's extra point gave Lexington Catholic a 27-26 lead with 6:40 left.
"(Raglin) had a different gear after the break," Letton said. "I think he had time to think. Maybe he thought he was dancing a little bit too much.
"But he sure went north-and-south in a hurry after the break."
After Lexington Catholic took its 27-26 lead, it had to withstand one last threat by LCA. The Eagles drove to the Knights' 19 before stalling. Chaz Witt's 36-yard field-goal attempt with two minutes left never had a chance in the sloppy conditions. On a quagmire of a field, it was night for running the football.
Raglin carried 21 times for 180 yards and two TDs.
Ward rushed for 71 yards, including a 64-yard TD that gave his team a much-needed spark in the first half.
LCA tailback Domonique Hayden and quarterback Lucas Witt both had big nights on the ground.
Hayden rushed 31 times for 191 yards and two TDs.
Witt ran 14 times for 146 yards and two TDs.
LCA seemed to have the game in hand when Witt broke free on a 61-yard TD run late in the third quarter to give the hosts a 26-14 lead.
That's when lightning started lighting up the dark sky, forcing officials to clear the field for a long delay.
Lexington Catholic took shelter in LCA's softball dugouts while torrential rains continued. Letton said later that he was hoping for a postponement until Saturday when the weather might have cleared so his team could throw the ball.
He didn't get his wish, and his team wound up salvaging victory anyway.
This was only the second time these teams have met in football. Lexington Catholic leveled LCA 52-14 in the 2005 season opener.
LCA's performance in the rematch showed just how far the Eagles have come under Coach Paul Rains.
Lexington Catholic 0 14 6 7—27
Lexington Christian 6 12 8 0—26
LCA—Domonique Hayden 2 run (kick failed). LCA—Lucas Witt 11 run (pass failed). LexCath—Nic Ward 64 run (Benton Hupman kick). LexCath—Greg Raglin 2 run (Hupman kick). LCA—Hayden 14 run (run failed). LCA—Witt 61 run (Hayden run). LexCath—Raglin 46 run (kick failed). LexCath—Bryce Andrews 7 pass from Ward (Hupman kick).
Records—Lexington Catholic 4-2; LCA 4-1