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Lafayette makes emphatic defensive statement in 49-8 blowout of Petersburg

Lafayette makes emphatic defensive statement in 49-8 blowout of Petersburg

JAMES CITY — One of Andy Linn's coaching maxims is that a football team establishes its identity with the first hit of the game. His Lafayette defense waited until the second play, but sent a message so emphatic it reverberated through the remainder of a 49-8 trouncing of Petersburg in the 3A state quarterfinals Saturday at Wanner Stadium.

Senior linebacker Liam Walters delivered the statement by laying a shoulder to the gut of Crimson Wave running back Daquan Smith, forcing a fumble. A play after D'Andre Thompson's recovery, Derrick Harris swept 52 yards to a touchdown and the Rams (13-0) were off and running.

Off and running to 563 total yards. Off and running to the...

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