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Southwestern vs. Lexington Catholic

The regular season came to an end Friday night and the Southwestern Warriors and Lexington Catholic Knights put on a show.  The Warriors would come up on the short end of a 23-22 score after a game ending field goal by Knight’s kicker Conner Fry split the uprights.  Southwestern got the scoring underway with an opening drive that ended with a 33 yard field goal by William Avina.  The Knights would answer with a three yard pass from Kirk Fagot to Austin Pedroche.  With the Fry point after, Southwestern trailed 7-3.  But Southwestern would retake the lead with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Brandon Pruitt connected with J.P. Vaught on a 43 yard pass.  Avina added the point after and Southwestern led 10-7 at the end of one quarter.

Lexington Catholic would retake the lead with 7:30 remaining in the second quarter when Sam Hodges caught a 17 yard pass from quarterback Beau Allen.  Fry nailed the point after and Lexington Catholic led 14-10.  On their next series, it looked like the Knights would expand the lead, but after Allen completed a 51 yard pass to Ben Buchignani, the receiver was stripped of the football and Southwestern’s Devin Strunk recovered the fumble at the Warrior five yard line.  Southwestern would then march 95 yards in 4:11 to retake the lead when William Lemmon scored on a three yard run.  The snap on the extra point attempt was low and an attempted run by Avina came up short.  But at the half, Southwestern led 16-14

The score would remain that way until early in the fourth quarter.  Southwestern drove down to the Lexington Catholic two yard line.  On third down, the snap was fumbled by the Warriors and recovered by the Knight’s Eric Settile.  Lexington Catholic drove all the way down the field and would take the lead when Allen hit Buchignani from 14 yards out.  The two point conversion attempt failed and Lexington Catholic led 20-16.  Southwestern had one drive left in them.  With just under three minutes remaining, Pruitt hit Vaught with a 35 yard pass down to the Lexington Catholic ten yard line.  On the play, Knight defender Will Roden was injured while rushing the quarterback.  Roden lay on the turf for several minutes while an ambulance was called.  Roden could be seen moving his extremities but was taken to the hospital.

After the delay, Southwestern got to the three yard line on fourth down when Southwestern’s Treavor Brock took the handoff around the right end for a three yard score.  Avina’s point after would be wide right, giving Southwestern a 22-20 lead with 48 seconds left.  Lexington Catholic recovered the kick off on the fifty yard line and drove down to the six yard line when Bo Bennington hauled in a 27 yard pass with only four seconds remaining.  That’s when Fry nailed the game winning field goal.

Southwestern played the game without the services of Patric Edwards, who sat out with a knee strain and Chuck Burton, who torn ligaments in his knee in last week’s victory over Pulaski County.  William Lemmon led the Warrior ground game with 152 yards on 35 carries.  As a team, Southwestern rushed 58 times for 269 yards.  Brandon Pruitt was 9-13 through the air for 149 yards, giving him 2000 yards on the season.  Vaught caught all nine of Pruitt’s passes and surpassed the 1000 yard receiving mark on the season.  The Warrior defense held Lexington Catholic to 90 yards rushing and 307 yards of total offense on the night.

SW 22              Lexington Catholic 23


58-269 Rush Yards 19-90
9-13-149-1 Pass Yards 18-24-217-3
408 Total Yards 307
69 Return Yards 105
2-35 Punting 2-37.5
7-55 Penalty 7-65
1 Turnover 1



Rushing:  SW:  Lemmon-35-152-1, Sawyers-8-73, Fannin-9-39, Brock-3-3-1, Pruitt-1-2; LC:  Jones-15-72, Fagot-3-12, Allen-1-6

Passing:  SW:  Pruitt-9-13-149-1; LC:  Allen-14-18-187-2; Fagot-4-8-30-1

Receiving:  SW:  Vaught-9-149-1; LC:  Buchignani-5-99-1, Bennington-3-43, Hodges-4-39-1, Schnur-2-16, Neuer-1-12, Cameron-2-8, Pedroche-1-3-1

Fumble Recovery:  SW:  Strunk; LC:  Gettile

Field Goal:  SW:  Avina-33 yard; LC:  Fry-23 yard

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