BRENHAM, Texas – The high-powered offense that is Lexington is looking forward to yet another game where it will try to take advantage of any miscues. This week, against a tough Boling squad.
The Eagles (13-0) are led by quarterback Walker Hess, who has more than 2,700 passing yards. His 32 touchdown passes have been spread out to seven different receivers and it appears he’s only getting better each game.
Its real threat, though, is running back Ja’Kobe Cooper. The junior back has 3,102 yards this year alone, which is good enough to be the second most in the state.
Cooper uses his speed to deflect and get around tackles, which has kept him from injuries this year. Lexington coach Kirk Muhl says the ability to throw and run makes it hard for most teams to game plan against them.
“You either got to stop the run or the pass, you usually don’t have to do both,” Muhl said. “If you had to game plan for us and you can’t pack the box to stop the run because you have to leave people out, then it gets extremely hard.”
Boling has its own impressive back in 245-pound Vernon Jackson. The Alabama commit ran for more than 200 yards last week and is almost unstoppable once he’s moving.
Coach Muhl said the game plan is to stop Jackson in the backfield, or he’ll start to plow through the next two levels. However, he knows it’s not all Muhl back there.
The Boling offense is starting a junior quarterback in Quincey Hayes. Muhl said he thinks they may have struggled at first, but he and sophomore running back Devin Rogers have gained confidence along with experience.
“They kind of struggled a little bit early and now they aren’t turning over because of timing issues,” Muhl said. “If we stop him we still have to account for the others because the others are pretty good.”
Boling won last years game between these two in the playoffs, 34-29. This year, Muhl and the Eagles are hoping the year of work in between games is enough to surpass the Bulldogs.
“They did a good job last year in stopping our run,” Muhl said. “It’s going to come down to hopefully us being a year older on our offensive line because we turned four of the five. Just a year of weights, being older and more experience. I think they’re whole idea is keeping it away from us, so it’s really tonight is about defense and getting stops so we can get our offense out on the field.”
Boling coach Kevin Urbanek was reached out to but unavailable for an interview.
Gerald Tracy is an assistant editor of Texas football for TexasHSFootball, covering prep football in the San Antonio region. Follow Gerald on Twitter, @GTracySports, and read more of his content here.
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