Lehigh Senior outgunned East Lee County in their annual “Beast of the East” rivalry game Friday night.
Both offenses lit up the scoreboard quickly and often in this game. Eleven touchdowns were scored, and of those, eight were from outside the red zone.
Lehigh’s Matthew Yzaguirre had five touchdown passes, and East Lee’s Winfred Ward had three. In the first quarter alone the teams scored six times. East Lee County’s Kendall Sawyer took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a score, and the track meet was on.
The Lightning struck back twice very quickly. Yzaguirre threw two scoring passes to Malik Douglas, from 37 and 46 yards respectively. In response, Ward and Jaguars went to work. Ward scored on an 8-yard run. The Jaguar defense forced a fumble, and then Ward hit Perry Dabney on the next play for an 87-yard catch and run for a TD. Yzaguirre slung another long touchdown to Kevin Moreland before the quarter ended as Lehigh led 20-18.
The second quarter quieted down somewhat as each team only scored once. However, the Lightning defense had an important stop as the half ended. East Lee had first and goal from the one yard line with 19 seconds left, but could not put it in the end zone before the clock ran out. At half it was 27-24 Lehigh.
In the third quarter the roles reversed. Lehigh faced fourth and 4 from the East Lee 7. The Jaguars flushed Yzaguirre from the pocket and looked to sack him, but he escaped and hit Robert Clay in the right corner of the end zone, just beyond the reach of the Jaguar defender.
Lehigh’s final score was a 41-yard field goal from Gonzalo Contreras, giving them a 13-point lead. But the Jaguars didn’t give up. They drove down to the Lightning 20. Ward threw into the end zone, but was intercepted. One last series for the Jaguars was also unsuccessful.
ELC: Kendall Sawyer 85 kickoff return (kick blocked)
LS: Malik Douglas 37 pass from Matthew Yzaguirre (run failed)
LS: Douglas 46 pass from Yzaguirre (Gonzalo Contreras kick)
ELC: Winfred Ward 8 run (pass failed)
ELC: Perry Dabney 87 pass from Ward (run failed)
LS: Kevin Moreland 57 pass from Yzaguirre (Contreras kick)
LS: Douglas 20 pass from Yzaguirre (Contreras kick)
ELC: Freddie Johnson 54 pass from Ward (run failed)
LS: Robert Clay 7 pass from Yzaguirre (Contreras kick)
ELC: Dabney 35 pass from Ward (pass failed)
LS: Douglas 53 run (run failed)
LS: Contreras 41 FG