Elite athletes and teams usually find ways to motivate themselves, even if the source of that motivation is actual or imagined.
Lafayette's football team has the elite part down – the Rams recently completed their third-consecutive unbeaten Bay Rivers District season.
As for motivation this week, the Rams will be keen Friday (7 p.m. at Wanner Stadium) in their 4A East Region second-round playoff against Newport News' Heritage High to prove their worth against a Peninsula District team.
"A lot of people don't think we can compete with the Peninsula District, so it definitely is a test this week," Lafayette's Cheyton Pine said.
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