LAWRENCEVILLE – It wasn’t pretty, but Lafayette High’s football team got the result it was looking for Friday night against Brunswick County.
Jahlil Green rushed for two touchdowns and Brendan McGinty made a big interception late in the fourth quarter as Class 3A Lafayette (1-0) earned a 16-13 win over the Class 2A Bulldogs.
Coach Andy Linn preached all week in practice that his Rams must be ready to play when they got off the bus against an athletic Brunswick squad. The focus was lacking at times, as the Rams were uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball, turning it over on five occasions.
The Rams looked sharp early in the first quarter, as Green scored on a 35-yard touchdown run with 6:20 left. Fullback Schekel Wallace hauled in a 2-point conversion pass from McGinty to put Lafayette up 8-0.
Brunswick’s offense answered on its next possession with another solid drive. Quarterback Darren Owens capped a long drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Quantrel Hardy, and the PAT trimmed the lead to 8-7 in the first quarter.
Lafayette’s offense tried to answer, moving the ball downfield before committing one of its three first-half fumbles. Sophomore linebacker Joseph Stephenson picked up the loose ball and raced 90 yards to the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 13-8 advantage.
Brunswick maintained that lead through halftime until Lafayette’s offense regained its dominating form. Green capped a long drive with a 5-yard touchdown run as the Rams regained the lead. McGinty punched in the 2-point conversion to push the lead to 16-13 with 6:29 left.
The Bulldogs didn’t go away quietly, mounting a late fourth-quarter drive. But McGinty rose to the occasion with a big interception of Owens with three minutes left to end the drive.
Lafayette’s offense ran out the clock to preserve the first win of the season.
Green rushed for a team-high 152 yards. Wallace finished with 87 yards for a unit that churned out 318 rushing yards.
McGinty was 3-for-8 passing with 32 yards for Lafayette.
The Rams will return to action Friday, Sept. 13, when they travel to Bruton to face the Panthers. Game time is 7 p.m.