Lafayette Christian Is Entering Some New Championship Territory
Never is a long time.
Lafayette Christian School has never won a state football championship, but on Friday night in Lithia Springs the Cougars will be right on the cusp of doing just that. Cougar freshman quarterback Landon Whitley can’t wait to get the game started against the 12-0 and unscathed Central Christian Crusaders.
“We’ve been working hard for this. It will be a challenge, and we can’t make mistakes. This is big. We have never been here before,” Whitley said of the state title tilt.
Whitley also believes the Cougars could win their first state title.
“We’ve been showing some good stuff. We’ve been stepping up,” said Whitley. During its six-game winning streak, Lafayette Christian has averaged 35 points per game. The Cougars are inhaling offense and exhaling defense. Lafayette Christian has put it all together in wins over Shiloh Hills, Cross-Pointe, Holy Ground, Auburn Ballard, Shiloh Hills again and Praise Academy.
The Cougars are smoking hot. But are they good enough to beat the likes of Central Christian?
Sam Marshall, the Cougar tight end, has no doubt Lafayette Christian is in the same ball park as the Crusaders. Marshall is a confident senior football player.
“They have one player, and we have one team. We care about our team,” said Marshall.
And according to Nick Nehring, the Cougar defensive coordinator, “This means a lot. This (championship) game is bringing our school together. This is exciting.”
But in order to beat Central Christian, the Cougars will have to contain and tackle Crusader dual threat quarterback Jared Farlow. He is quick and fast, and he is all over the field. Farlow has passed for 1,915 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Farlow, a 6-foot, 185pound senior, has also rumbled for 1,344 yards on 104 carries. Farlow has run for 21 touchdowns this season. He is a touchdown machine in football cleats.
“We’re going to have to slow him down. He (Farlow) is athletic and tall,” said Cougars Head Coach Nate Shaw.
Landon Whitley is more than just a game manager for the Cougars. Whitley, the freshman quarterback, is an athlete. He is also a playoff quarterback.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer