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November 9, 2012

Tough draw for Bulldogs

NORMAN — Lexington worked hard to make it back to the playoffs. So hard, in fact, that the Bulldogs (7-2) earned second place in District 2A-4 and the right to host a playoff game.

Their reward? A matchup with No. 9 Lindsay, the third-place team from District 2A-4, the toughest in the class.

2A-4 is home to top-ranked Davis, which finished the regular season undefeated, as well as traditional powers Washington and Lindsay. The latter two schools met on the final week of the regular season to determine playoff seeding, with Washington nabbing the win and the home playoff opener that came with it. That leaves Lindsay (6-4) traveling to meet the Bulldogs.

Lexington coach Jeff Hall recognizes the challenge his team is in for. But the Bulldogs do have one important factor going for them — the fact they’ll be playing in front of a home postseason crowd for just the second time in school history.

“I think being at home will be a big factor in that the atmosphere will be electric,” Hall said. “We’re really excited for this opportunity.”

It’s not the first time this season the Bulldogs have played in front of an especially fired-up crowd. In the annual Battle of the Bridge showdown against Purcell, tensions always run high, creating a setting similar to the postseason.

“I told the team before we played that Purcell was a playoff environment,” Hall said. “That’s exactly what it was, that’s what this is and that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be like. We’re ready to get on the field.”

Ball security a concern for Bulldogs: For Lexington to have success tonight, the Bulldogs’ first priority is not turning the ball over.

“Lindsay is good enough that we can’t give them anything for free; we have to make them earn everything,” coach Jeff Hall said. “I also think whoever wins the battle in the trenches is likely to win the game.”

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