Over the years Lexington Catholic's defense has usually played second fiddle to the team's glitzy offense.
But the Knights' "D" was the showstopper Friday night, making big hits and forcing turnovers in a 62-0 blowout of defending Class A champ Lexington Christian Academy.
Yes, Lexington Catholic's offense lit up the scoreboard, but the defense provided a lot of the juice.
In one three-minute span late in the third quarter, the Knights had two fumble recoveries and an interception that led to three TDs and turned the game into a rout.
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"We haven't caused many turnovers this year, so it's nice to do it," Lexington Catholic Coach Bill Letton said. "Our defense and special teams gave us a short field all night."
Their defense also handed LCA its first shutout in 60 games going back to 2006.
"It proves what we can do when we focus and work hard," Knights linebacker Adam Wachs said.
"We got big turnovers and a lot of big hits — that's Lexington Catholic football."
Mike Lynch, who had one of the Knights' interceptions, said "this week was about improving, and our defense really stepped up."
LCA came into the showdown severely shorthanded. Five defensive starters did not play for disciplinary reasons, and two other key contributors were out with injuries.
Before the game Eagles Coach Ray Graham said he expected his team to show plenty of fight, and it did for a while. But as the night wore on, LCA wore out.
In the closing minutes Lexington Catholic running backs shredded the Eagles for long TD runs — James Maddox had a 52-yarder, followed by Marcelis Logan's 82-yarder and Kairon Snowden's 77-yarder.
"This week I felt we started to turn a corner," Letton said of his Knights, who struggled the last four Friday nights.
"I hope we're starting to build on something."
Lexington Catholic's offense had plenty of highlights when it wasn't getting showered with yellow flags.
Kyle Bolin was the catalyst. The sophomore quarterback threw for 129 yards and two TDs. He also showed quick feet on scrambles and roll-outs, gaining 87 yards and a TD on eight carries.
Maddox, a sophomore, rushed for 128 yards and two TDs. Junior receiver Adam Bush had six catches for 56 yards and two TDs.
Lexington Catholic piled up 443 yards rushing.
Letton said he told his team before kickoff not to think that LCA would be missing several starters.
"We told them it's not about them, it's about us, and we went from there," Letton said.
LCA's spread offense never got going against the Knights and managed only 138 yards.
Quarterback Scout McCamy threw for 70 yards and ran for 36 to account for most of the Eagles' production.
Last night's game wasn't a bit like last year's thriller won by Lexington Catholic 27-26. The Knights rallied from a 26-14 deficit after a two-hour lightning delay.
Lexington Christian 0 0 0 0—0
Lexington Catholic 3 13 34 12—62
LexCath—Jake Pumphrey 34 field goal. LexCath—Adam Bush 29 pass from Kyle Bolin (Pumphrey kick). LexCath—Bolin 2 run (conversion failed). LexCath—Bush 11 pass from Bolin (Pumphrey kick). LexCath—Konnor Vasilko 4 run (Pumphrey kick). LexCath—Amoh Kumengisa 5 run (conversion failed). LexCath—James Maddox 6 run (Pumphrey kick). LexCath—Maddox 52 run (Pumphrey kick). LexCath—Marcelis Logan 82 run (kick blocked). LexCath—Kairon Snowden 77 run.
Records: LCA 3-2; Lexington Catholic 3-3