Adrian Leon nailed a 23-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Wildcats to a wild 59-56 win.
Lexington (7-0) entered averaging almost 57 points a game. The Wildcats didn’t disappoint, mustering 545 yards of total offense and coming back from a 14-point halftime deficit.
“I’ve got a bunch of kids that work hard and play hard and refuse to lose,” Lexington coach Scott Earley said. “They believe in the end if they keep doing right and living right, on and off the field, something good will happen to them.”
North Augusta (6-1), which won last year’s game in a 49-42 thriller, had its chance to pull this contest out, leading by eight on Vinny Miller’s 31-yard touchdown run with 5:41 remaining. But the defense couldn’t contain Lexington’s three-headed offensive monster – quarterback Will Hunter, who went 22 for 35 passing for 314 yards, wide receiver Shaq Roland (nine catches, 176 yards) and running back Kevin Miller (23 rushes, 164 yards).
Lexington knotted the game at 56-all after Kevin Miller scored on a 9-yard run, then Jalen Cook hauled in the two-point pass from Hunter.
North Augusta started its final drive from its 32 with 3:09 remaining.
Tyrell Hillary, who went 23 of 38 passing for 331 yards and five touchdowns, quickly moved the Yellow Jackets down to the Lexington 31.
After a Hillary interception was called off because North Augusta called timeout before the play with 1:18 remaining, the Yellow Jackets appeared to go ahead again. Vinny Miller, who finished with 158 rushing yards on 32 carries, scampered 31 yards on third down for an apparent touchdown. The play was called back for holding.
North Augusta couldn’t convert from there, and Lexington got the ball back on its own 34 with 53 seconds left. After a short Kevin Miller run, Hunter completed two passes for 59 yards to set up Leon’s heroics.
“We’ll bounce back on Sunday. We’ll be fine,” North Augusta coach Dan Pippin said. “I’ve got resilient kids. They’re good kids. They work hard. We’ll get it back.”