It’s been a long, hard season for Lafayette Christian. But all the bumps and black eyes now seem worth it.
Now only did the Cougars break their six-game losing streak on Friday night, Lafayette Christian also shattered a few single-game school records with an 8874 dismantling of the Praise Academy Lions in a football game that never seemed like it wanted to end.
“We’ll take it,”said Lafayette Christian head coach Nate Shaw. “We are dog tired, but our players deserved to win this game. We scored on 14 of 16 possessions. There was not one punt by either team.”
As 8-man football goes, this was a gut-buster. The Cougars broke their school’s single-game scoring record with the 88 points. Lafayette Christian also rushed for the most yardage in school history for a single game with well over 500 yards.
“There was a lot of room to run. I thought we were in better condition than they were. Their kids were cramping up. We blocked well, and we ran hard. We were bigger than them,” said Shaw.
The Cougars last deficit of the game was in the middle of the third period. The game lasted three hours. A total of 29 first downs came off of the Lafayette Christian assembly line.
“We made more plays. We showed some resilience, and we sang our fight song after the game,” said Shaw. Both teams were highly invested in this game.
“There was some pushing and shoving going on,” said Shaw.
The Cougars were also running toward the Friday night lights the entire game. Lafayette Christian had some soaking wet offensive numbers with Landon Whitley’s 32 carries for 200 yards and five touchdowns. Cougar senior running back Jacob Lueken rushed for 124 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown.
The ground also shook as Lafayette Christian freshman halfback Amani Jenkins churned for 151 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. Cougar junior running back Mitchell Crandall slashed his way for 72 yards on six carries. Crandall scored four touchdowns, including a 24yarder in the fourth quarter.
Even better than all the scoring, was the winning. Lafayette Christian now has a football record of 1- 6.