Football weather finally arrived Friday night as Lexington Christian Academy paid a visit to Memorial Field. The temperature wasn’t the only thing cold however, as the Eagles topped the Paintsville Tigers 35-7.
LCA went to work early as Dearious Smith caught a pass from Jayden Barnhardt for the touchdown with 9:48 to play in the opening quarter. The extra-point attempt was no good as the Eagles held an early 6-0 lead.
The Eagles added to their lead with 3:27 to play when Elijah Hammond picked off the Jake Hyden pass for the pick six. LCA went for the two-point conversion and punched it in to extend their lead to 14-0.
The Eagles started the second quarter much like the first with Jeffery Selby finding pay dirt on his run with 8:19 to play before the break to go up 21-0.
Paintsville was threatening on the ensuing drive, however, Nick Keeton fumbled after making a catch and LCA pounced on it with 7:02 to play before the half.
The Tigers held on defense and Hyden called his own number with a keeper to the left side to finally get Paintsville on the board with just over a minute to play before heading to the locker room. Hyden’s score cut the lead to 21-7.
Paintsville looked to be getting some rhythm to start the third, but Selby picked off Hyden for a second time with 11:07 to play. The Tigers had four turnovers heading into the fourth quarter, as there was no points scored in the third.
LCA tacked on two scores in the fourth to get the win 35-7 and improve to 9-1 on the year. With the loss, Paintsville falls to 7-3 as the Tigers are set to host the playoffs starting next week.
Joe Chirico’s squad will enjoy the confines of home for their first two games in the district playoffs.
Hyden finished the night 16 for 36 passing for 268 yards through the air and two interceptions.
Paintsville had 252 yards of total offense on 69 plays.
The Tigers finished with five turnovers for the game, something coach Chirico will surely correct this week in practice.
Lexington Christian (9-1) will finish out their regular season next Friday at Washington County.
Paintsville (7-3) will use this week to prepare for the district playoffs.