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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
2004-04-07 sports
Horsemen defense sends message in win over Fort Wayne
The Lexington Horsemen defense was put to the test on March 27, facing the top-scoring team in the league, and the Horsemen passed with flying colors, holding the Fort Wayne Freedom to six first-half points en route to a 49-21 victory.

Fort Wayne (2-1 overall, 2-1 division) scored on their first possession of the game, but were then held scoreless until the fourth quarter as Lexington (2-0, 2-0) reeled off 35 unanswered points to wrap up the win.

Horsemen DB Nate Green made a critical interception late in the first half to turn the game decisively in Lexington's favor. With less than a minute to go in the half, Green intercepted an Antoine Taylor pass at the Horsemen 2 and returned it 45 yards, setting up a 7-yard TD pass from Dusty Bonner to Chad Spencer on the next play, which gave the Horsemen a 21-6 lead at halftime.

The Horsemen defense remained stingy in the second half as Bonner hooked up with RB Martez Johnson and Spencer again for scores to put the game out of reach. The Freedom put two fourth-quarter touchdowns on the board, but never got within 21 points as the Horsemen cruised in the second half.

Bonner finished the day 20 of 25 with 158 yards passing and four touchdowns. Martez Johnson again led the way on the ground with 57 yards rushing on 13 carries, and also caught a 29-yard scoring pass from Bonner in the third quarter.

Defensively, LB Shan Housekeeper led the Horsemen with 11.0 tackles, including 8 solo hits. Housekeeper also scored on a 1-yard carry in the fourth quarter. DB Nate Green, in addition to making the crucial first-half interception, contributed 8.5 tackles on the day. DB William Mulder added 5 solo tackles and an interception, and DB Derek Homer contributed a sack and 2.0 tackles for loss in the winning effort.

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