Slow Start Dooms Mighty Lions For Second Straight Year Against Panthers
Last year, it only took the Woodlawn-Baton Rouge Panthers a quarter and a half to race out to a 41-7 lead over the Lafayette High Mighty Lions en route to a 47-34 victory. This year, it only took a half a quarter to jump out to a 21-0 lead en route to a 49-32 victory.
And in both cases, a furious comeback by LHS was thwarted.
Last year, the Mighty Lions were able to cut the Panthers' lead to 15 points in the 4th Quarter. This year, the Mighty Lions were actually able to cut the Panthers' lead to 4 points as the 4th Quarter began before the Panthers Senior RB Javin Meyers added three more touchdowns over a 3-minute span to pull away.
Myers actually got Woodlawn-BR on the board on the first play of the game as he took the opening kickoff and raced 93 yards for the quick touchdown. After that, Junior WR Joshua London turned a short pass into a 39-yard touchdown midway through the 1st Quarter. Those two touchdowns were sandwiched around a near-hour long lightning delay.
Just 22 seconds after London's TD catch, Junior DE Anthony Arinze picked off Sophomore QB Brennan Broussard's pass and raced 25 yards for another Panther touchdown, increasing their lead to 21-0.
Senior QB Miguel Reyes then got LHS on the scoreboard with a 17-yard TD run to cut the lead to 21-7. Then, Senior K Lane Perrin nailed a 36-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-10.
After a Myers 3-yard touchdown run and a Reyes 6 yard touchdown run, the Mighty Lions only found themselves down 28-17 at the half.
In the 3rd Quarter, the only score came as LHS blocked a field goal and Senior DB Uche Utomi scooped and scored for the touchdown, cutting the Panther lead to 28-24.
Then, Myers went on his TD outburst, scoring on a screen pass, a 13-yard run and a 74-yard run, putting Woodlawn-BR ahead 49-24.
Senior RB Trey Davis added a touchdown for LHS on a 19-yard run, bringing the final score to 49-31.
Lafayette High continues their 5-game homestand by hosting New Iberia to open District 3-5A play. Ian Auzenne (play-by-play) and Brandon Comeaux (color) will have the call on the home for Lafayette High Mighty Lion football, Newstalk 96.5 FM KPEL.