LEXINGTON -- When speedy Lexington junior Alex Green hauled in an 80-yard TD pass on the first play of the second half Friday night, the Minutemen had a 17-14 lead against Wooster -- and all the momentum.

It didn't last long.

The Generals scored on three consecutive possessions over the next eight minutes -- while Lexington suffered three straight 3-and-outs -- en route to a 42-17 win in an Ohio Cardinal Conference game.

Wooster improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. Lexington slipped to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the OCC.

"We made too many mistakes," Lexington coach Taylor Gerhardt said. "We didn't fix what we should have fixed. We didn't play well ... at all. We had every opportunity tonight to win this game and we didn't do it.

"We left too many points on the field in the first half and we did not capitalize on anything in the second half," Gerhardt said.

DROPPED PASSES AND PENALTIES: The Minutemen dropped passes, misfired on throws and committed crucial penalties, all of which combined to help keep them out of the end zone.

"I tell the kids all the time there's a big enough opponent out there in different colors than us," Gerhardt said. "We can't put another opponent out there by beating ourselves and trying to beat the other team, too. That's what we did tonight.

"We had a good week of practice. We just didn't didn't the job done and that starts with me," Gerhardt said.

The Minutemen built leads of 7-0 and 10-7 in the first half on a one-yard dive by senior Cade Stover and a 22-yard field goal by senior Davis Hassmann. The field goal came after an 87-yard punt return by Green that gave Lexington a first down at the Wooster 5-yard-line before a penalty pushed the Minutemen back.

Wooster, which got three TD passes from senior QB Dylan Dagley, scored with 47 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 14-10 lead into halftime. That score set the stage for the bomb from Lexington senior QB Jacob Depperschmidt to a wide-open Green to start the third quarter.

The Generals scored on a 4-yard TD pass junior Logan Kotulock , a 22-yard run by senior Trevar Meese and a 21-yard pass to senior Zach Marinello on their next three possessions to blow the game open at 35-17, still in the third quarter.

Dagley completed 20 of 27 passes for 270 yards. Meese rushed for a team-high 73 yards rushing on nine carries and junior Brayden Taylor finished with 66 yards, including the final touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

"We go up, our defense breaks down and they pick us apart through the air," Gerhardt said. "We didn't get the job done at all ... disappointing night for us."

"When you do it once (given Lexington's early success), you can do it again and we didn't do it again. This loss is on me. There is no reason at all you can do things early in the game and then can't finish them off," Gerhardt said.

The coach praised the big-play efforts of Green.

"Alex Green is a talented kid. He is an extremely hard worker. There is no quit in him. You won't find another kid who is more dedicated to this game and this team than Alex," Gerhardt said.

UP NEXT: Lexington travels to Mansfield Senior (2-3, 0-1) on Friday night in another OCC game. The Tygers are coming off back-to-back losses to unbeaten teams, including a 38-14 decision to Maple Heights this weekend. Wooster hosts undefeated West Holmes (5-0, 2-0), which blasted Madison, 68-13, on Friday night in a battle for a first-place in the conference.

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