Defense propels Lafayette's BRD win streak to 44 with triumph vs. Warhill

Correspondent

Behind a dominating performance by its defense, Lafayette High extended its Bay Rivers District win streak to 44 games by claiming a 24-7 win over Warhill on Friday night.

WHAT HAPPENED

The victory marked Lafayette’s 13th consecutive against the Lions in the series.

Lafayette's defense set the tone in the first half, holding Warhill scoreless while allowing just three first downs and 85 yards from scrimmage. For the game, the Lions amassed 205 yards and seven first downs.

“Our defense has been outstanding for three weeks now,” Lafayette coach Andy Linn said. “When you have a defense playing like that, you only need to score 24 or 25 points, which is helpful to us because we have a bunch of young kids running the ball right now.”

TURNING POINT

After being intercepted on his first play from scrimmage, Lafayette quarterback Cesar Ward connected with Jordan Ballowe up the middle for a 27-yard touchdown that put the Rams up 10-0.

“Cesar hitting that early touchdown, that really kind of opened things up for us,” Linn said.

Lafayette broke the game open from there, extending the lead to 17-0 shortly before halftime when TJ Epps took a jet sweep 28 yards for the score.

MOST SPECTACULAR PLAY

While Warhill's offense didn't generate many highlight plays, a third-quarter touchdown pass from Jamin Hazelaar to Rodney Hudson was one of the few moments that brought the Lions’ fans to their feet.

Hudson ran a slant-and-go route along the sideline and made an incredible leaping grab over a Lafayette defensive back. Hudson juked a safety and took the ball 76 yards to the end zone.

“We wanted to have something in max protection that we could take a shot,” Warhill coach Thad Wheeler said of the play. “Jamin did a good job of putting it out there where Rodney could get it.”

BY THE NUMBERS

The Lafayette defense held a normally stout Warhill rushing attack to just 49 yards on 32 carries, the Lions’ season low for rushing yards in a game.

HE SAID IT

“It's good for the community,” Wheeler said of the Lafayette-Warhill rivalry that drew a packed house. “It's a great environment for the kids and community to have this atmosphere to play in front of. You don't see this often here.”

RECORDS: Lafayette 2-1; Warhill 2-1.

NEXT: Tabb vs. Lafayette at Wanner Stadium, 7 p.m. Sept. 22; Warhill at Bruton, 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

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