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Ray Lewis

Front eight fuels dangerous Lafayette defense

Front eight fuels dangerous Lafayette defense

— For more seasons than any of its current players have been alive, the wing-T offense has been synonymous with Lafayette High football.

When Andy Linn took over six seasons ago as head coach, that trend continued, as the Rams carved out what has become a more consistent defensive identity under Linn and defensive coordinator John Byron. The general objective: make the opponent's offense one-dimensional by shutting down the run; force them beat you by airing the ball out.

This year's version of smash-mouth Lafayette football, powered by a bruising front seven, has been typical as the Rams (13-0) completed a fourth-consecutive unbeaten regular season before downing Denbigh,...