Lafayette blanks Poquoson 21-0 in dominant defensive display

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Poquoson High took over within Lafayette territory three times in the third quarter of a Bay Rivers District matchup Friday night, yet three times the Islanders came up empty-handed.

Despite the prime field position, the Poquoson offense managed just 11 yards in 12 minutes. That dominant defensive display epitomized the whole game: The Rams (8-1, 8-0) smothered the Islanders (7-2, 6-2) throughout a 21-0 victory at Poquoson Middle School.

“Our defense was outstanding the entire game,” Lafayette coach Andy Linn said. “That third quarter alone, to keep them out of the end zone, to hold them to nothing, that says it all.”

Poquoson compiled 78 yards of offense in the second quarter but just 40 yards in the other three quarters combined.

Linn admitted before the game that his team’s defense, while tough against the run, but could be susceptible to big plays. The Islanders, though, only posted two plays of more than 25 yards.

“If you play man coverage, you’re taking a chance, but we were pretty good in coverage tonight,” Linn said after the shutout.

Poquoson junior quarterback Steven Parker found junior wide receiver Donovan Edwards for a 28-yard completion in the first quarter, but Lafayette junior defensive back Mike Rodgers snuffed out the drive on the next play with an interception.

Parker hit junior running back Colten Hicks in stride for a 52-yard catch-and-run, but a sack by Lafayette junior linebacker Trey Canady short-circuited that possession.

The Rams tackled Parker in the backfield seven times, twice for 11-yard losses.

Yet while Lafayette took a 14-0 lead into halftime, the Rams did their best to give Poquoson a chance in the third quarter.

The first 11 minutes of the quarter took place entirely in Lafayette territory, thanks to a Rams fumble and two short punts that set the Islanders up thrice inside the 40-yard line.

Poquoson, though, could make nothing of the opportunities. The home team sniffed the scoreboard with a 27-yard field-goal attempt, but Lafayette blocked the kick.

The Rams’ defense completed its all-around performance with a touchdown. Early in the fourth quarter, sophomore defensive end Kristian Wilkerson picked up a fumble and returned it 16 yards for a score to put Lafayette ahead 21-0.

The Lafayette offense looked less dominant but still superior, outgaining the Islanders 262 yards to 118.

Both offensive touchdowns for the Rams came in the second quarter. Junior running back Dea-Mario Tyler muscled 5 yards into the end zone for the first. Senior tight end Jack Erwin took a slant pass from senior quarterback Cesar Ward 66 yards up the left sideline for the second score.

Lafayette extended its district winning streak to 50 games and clinched the BRD title, while Poquoson suffered its second loss in three weeks.

Yanchulis can be reached by phone at 757-298-5176. Follow her on Twitter @KYanchulis.

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