Lafayette High extended its Bay Rivers District-record winning streak to 47 games Thursday with a 45-6 win over York at Bailey Field.
Other than possibly establishing a more dubious school record, for penalties and penalty yardage, the Rams were dominant in every phase in winning their fifth consecutive game since a season-opening loss to Norcom.
“I think we’ve gotten twice as good every game since (Norcom),” offensive lineman Trent Neville said. “We’re the best that we have been this season.”
Lafayette opened the game by marching 61 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. After six rushing plays, including a 23-yard romp by Vashod Phillips, the Rams’ drive nearly ended via an errant pass. Instead, it resulted in a touchdown.
Cesar Ward’s pass bounced off of the arms of York linebacker Luke Gatz and into <FZ,1,0,11>the hands of Rams running back Trey Canady, who ran in untouched for a 27-yard touchdown. The Falcons shook off their bad luck and retaliated with a terrific 76-yard, 17-play touchdown drive.
Falcons quarterback Ramsey Hayyat was the star of the series, completing third-and-10 passes to twins Adam and Cole Lytle. The first was for 19 yards to Adam Lytle on a slant and the second for 12 yards to Cole on a screen. Adam Lytle broke a tackle after catching a Hayyat pass on fourth-and-8 for an 11-yard gain to keep the drive going.
Hayyat capped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Troy Norman, who made a nice catch in the back of the end zone with a Lafayette defender riding his back. But the Rams’ lead remained at 7-6 with three minutes left in the first quarter as they denied Hayyat’s 2-point run attempt.
Things soured quickly for the Falcons from there. Mike Rodgers returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to increase the Lafayette lead to 14-6. York went three-and-out on its next possession, and Hayyat exited the game with an apparent injury after being sacked for a 10-yard loss by Rams defensive end Armonii Burden on third down. Hayyat didn’t return to the game.
The Rams took over at the Falcons’ 45 following a short punt and again scored quickly. Ward’s 16-yard pass to Jack Erwin on a tight-end screen on fourth-and-8 set up T.J. Epps’ 6-yard reverse for a touchdown that extended the Rams’ lead to 21-6 with 9:49 to play in the half.
With the York line unable to contain the Lafayette defensive front, Erwin, Burden and linebacker Kristian Wilkerson relentlessly hounded Gatz, the Falcons’ backup quarterback.
“They shouldn’t have gotten that first-quarter touchdown in my opinion,” said Burden, a Naval Academy recruit. “That just gave us a little more fire. It got everybody motivated and on the same page as far as intensity. It was just, come together and stop it.”
The Rams, who were penalized 17 times for 158 yards, needed one play to take advantage as Dea-Mario Tyler ran 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-6 with 8:40 left in the first half.
Second-half highlights for the Rams included Tyler’s 72-yard run that set up a touchdown late in the third quarter. Ward completed a 50-yard pass to Ish Roy that led to a 13-yard touchdown burst by Burden.
Roy capped the scoring by kicking a 43-yard field goal.
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