As long as there are games to be played, Lafayette Christian will keep on battling.
That is what the Cougars did on Friday night in their 60-34 defeat to Crisp Academy in this 8-man football game. The Wildcats are now 3-1, and Lafayette Christian is 0-4 and improving.
“We were in this game. We battled, and we put up over 400 yards of offense. We keep challenging their toughness,” said Cougar head coach Nate Shaw.
He can’t and won’t call this a bad football team.
“We were just five or six plays away. We fought for every inch,” said Shaw.
Lafayette Christian led once in the game with that coming in the first period. The Cougars took a 7-0 lead on a Jacob Lueken 10-yard touchdown run. Crisp Academy, however, scored 22 unanswered points after that.
The Wildcats would also lead at halftime, 38-28. Lafayette Christian never did throw in the Friday night towel, however. The Cougars had some gaudy offensive totals on the night.
Lafayette Christian junior quarterback Landon Whitley rushed for 174 yards and passed for 134 yards. Whitley gave the Cougars every ounce of energy that he had, along with his final offensive total of 308 yards (running and passing).
“Landon was tenacious. He ran wreckless, and he has great lower body strength,” said Shaw.
Lueken had a big night, too, for the Cougars with 63 yards rushing on 12 carries. Freshman Ben Dixon would chip in 41 yards on eight carries for Lafayette Christian.
The Cougars also got two touchdown catches out of freshman Cason Firth and sophomore tight end Nathan Hudson. Whitley threw both touchdown passes for LCS.
Very much like Lafayette Christian, LaGrange High also showed some improvement on Friday night. The 0-4 Grangers lost to East Coweta, 42-10. But LaGrange High did score its first points of the season.
“We got the monkey off our back. We had some guys making plays. We had some guys doing their assignments,” said Granger head football coach DialleoBurks.
LaGrange High still feels like it can and will accomplish something this year.
“We have six games left. That is over half of the season,” said Burks, who remains hopeful.
After all, the Grangers built some confidence and got on the scoreboard against East Coweta with a Matt Rainey 30-yard field goal and a Jakoby Smith 25yard touchdown pass to junior split end Jordan Ogletree.
“We were able to punch it in,” said Burks.