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Damian Shea helps Purcell top Lexington, 47-14

BY RJ YOUNG, Special Correspondent Published: September 16, 2011

PURCELL — The Purcell Dragons put a hurting on the Lexington Bulldogs 47-14 in Friday night's Battle for The Bridge. Purcell scored 34 points before Lexington manage its first scoring drive.

Purcell (3-0) took control of the game early, forcing a Lexington (0-3) fumble that led to the first points of the game. Senior running back Damian Shea scored on a 4-yard run. Shea would finish the game with 135 yards on six carries, including three touchdowns.

“I just followed my blockers,” Shea said. “They left me holes big enough to run a big semi through.”

Shea put the game out of reach early in the third quarter with a 56-yard run to put Purcell ahead by 35 points.

“It was good win,” Purcell coach Mike Wilson said. “I really thought our kids executed well.”

Sophomore running back Luke Gifford was the lone bright spot for Lexington, totaling 106 yards rushing on 13 carries.

“(Gifford) came out and did a great job, and the offensive line blocked well in the second half,” Lexington coach Waymon Scott said.

The Dragons' third possession ended with sophomore quarterback Drew Rolin connecting with senior running back Colton Wren for 50-yards, giving Purcell a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Lexington failed to reach Purcell territory on its first five possessions. The Bulldogs finally scored a TD with 56 seconds left in the first half.

“We're very young and very, very thin, and so we're in a bind before we start,” Scott said. “They're one of the top 3A teams in the state right now.”