LaFayette Christian dominates New Creation in season opener – Reuters Sports News


LaFayette Christian dominates New Creation in season opener

Posted at 11:47 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022

The LaFayette Christian School football team outscored New Creation Friday on the road 38-8 to start the season with a win.

“I was pretty happy with the performance considering we have eight or nine freshmen,” head coach Jared Pike said. “I was extremely happy with how they came together.”

The freshman showed up in his first game, but it was veteran Ephraim Snyder who stole the show with 175 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

“He’s a different breed,” Pike said. “He’s got the engine and the body and in the fourth quarter their guys were tired of tackling him.”

Snyder scored the first touchdown of the game with a 16-yard run. The two-point conversion didn’t go well as the Cougars were leading 6-0 early.

On the ensuing kickoff, what was probably the most important play of the game happened, as the Cougars went for the kick in play and Alex Tusing was there to get the ball back . That set up a big passing game before Snyder scored his second touchdown of the game on a 12-yard run.

“I think it was towards the end of the first quarter when we were leading by six, and that allowed us to take a double-digit lead,” Pike said.

The Crusaders were able to respond with a long drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion to make it 14-8 Cougars. Snyder answered the ball again with a 5-yard touchdown with less than two minutes left in the first half to give the Cougars a 22-8 lead.

A massive sack from Cal Evert on the Crusaders next possession snuffed out any attempt by the Crusaders to take the lead.

Snyder got his fourth and final touchdown midway through the third quarter to give the Cougars some breathing room and essentially put the game out of reach.

Snyder got the applause, but the big boys on the offensive line also worked.

“The freshman offensive line led by Gabriel Bridges did a really good job tonight, but there’s still room for improvement,” Pike said.

Andrew Hough threw the final touchdown to junior Paul Bastini late in the third quarter. Hough had 150 passing yards in the game to go along with his throwing touchdown.

The Cougars defense also made the show. After giving up the touchdown and two-point conversion in the second quarter, the defense cracked down and didn’t let another point the rest of the way. The defense forced two fumbles which were picked up by Brandon Davenport and Alex Tusing.

“We got solid play from a lot of freshmen on defense, including Jonathan Ross and Brandon Davenport,” Pike said.

Tusing, a senior, and Junior Damani Whitfield were key figures on the Cougars’ defense in the game.

LaFayette Christian School goes 1-0 to start the season. The Cougars will be back in action against Holy Ground next Friday in the first home game of the season.

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