Barbe Comes Back To Edge Lafayette High
Things were playing out so well for the Lafayette High Mighty Lions.
They were running their veer offense to near perfection as both running backs - Trevin Kelly and Trey Davis - both rushed for well over 100 yards.
They were winning the turnover battle two to nothing. They were committing very few penalties. They were controlling time of possession.
But they gave up the big plays, and those big plays were their undoing.
The game started out very well for the Mighty Lions. Despite being stopped on 4th down near midfield on its first drive, the LHS defense caused a Buccaneer turnover on its first play from scrimmage, which the offense converted into a Layne Perrin field goal with 2:08 to go in the 1st Quarter.
The second quarter started off with a bang for the Mighty Lions as Trevin Kelly raced 42 yards down the sideline to give Lafayette High a 10-0 lead.
But Barbe responded as QB Gavin Nettles scored on a 2-yard QB keeper to cut the lead to 10-6.
The quarter would continue in back-and-forth fashion as LHS QB Dwight Youngblood connected with WR Jaelyn Price on a spectacular play in which Price located and caught the ball after it seemed to hang in the air for quite a while, confusing the defender as to where the ball was.
Down 17-6, the Bucs would respond as WR Nate Briscoe would score on a 65-yard catch and run. A successful 2-point conversion would cut the lead to 17-14 with 3:07 left in the 2nd Quarter.
It was Lafayette High's turn to score as Youngblood thew a 35-yard touchdown pass to Archie Ducote, pushing the lead back up to double digits.
But, with :20 left in the 1st half, the Bucs used one play to answer LHS as RB Kirkland Banks split the defense, caught a strike from QB Nettles, then outraced the secondary the rest of the way to cut the lead to 24-20 with :20 left in the 1st half.
The 3rd Quarter was dominated by LHS with their ground game, but they only had two Perrin field goals to show for it, increasing their lead to 30-20.
That's all the scoring that LHS would do as Bryan Smith's 60-yard TD catch with :23 left in the 3rd Quarter cut the lead to three points. Then, Banks scored on a busted play in which he took the bobble snap to Nettles and sliced through the defense on his way to a 40-yard touchdown.
The 33-30 score would stand as Barbe's defense held firm on 4th down after LHS drove into Buccaneer territory. Barbe's offense then ran the last two minutes off the clock and left LHS with a big come-from-behind victory.
With the victory, Barbe improved to 3-3, 2-1. Lafayette High dropped to 2-4, 0-2.