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Defending Class A runner-up Lexington Christian raced out to a 21-0 lead and held off a Campbellsville comeback to post a 56-36 triumph in the Second Annual Christian Classic Bowl on Saturday.
"If we could have just eliminated some of our early mistakes, I believe we could have won the game," Eagle coach Herb Wiseman admitted.
"But I'm real proud of our kids not giving up early."
After falling behind by three TDs, the Eagles began their long march back behind junior Thomas Downs and seniors Zach Altman and Michael McCubbin.
Downs' two-yard run made it 21-7 before the home team went back up 28-7.
McCubbin caught a 36-yard pass from Aaron Schwoebel and then ran one in from 58 yards out. Zach Altman's conversion run and a McCubbin two-point pass from Schwoebel made it 28-22 early in the third quarter and CHS trailed only 36-28 going to the final frame after Downs answered from 92 yards out.
However, LCA won the fourth quarter 20-8 with CHS' lone score coming on McCubbin's 11-yard reception from Schwoebel and another Altman run.
Downs finished with 225 yards on 17 carries while Altman had 118 yards on nine tries and McCubbin 89 yards on seven attempts. McCubbin had 46 yards receiving and Altman 43.
Altman was the top tackler with 13 hits while Downs had nine and McCubbin and Ricky Buckner eight apiece.