Story & Photos By Pamela Holloway
It was a historic night for the LaFayette High School Bulldogs football team on Friday, October 14, 2016.
The Bulldogs hosted the Ranburne Bulldogs in a region contest that would end up in a night for the record books.
The Bulldogs defeated Ranburne for the first time in school history and they did it in emphatic fashion.
The Dogs defeated the Bulldogs of Ranburne by a score of 68-7, breaking a 59 year school record for most points scored in a game.
The former record attained in 1957 was 67 points in a game and the Dogs surpassed it by two points scoring 68 points on Friday night.
The Dogs received the first kickoff of the night.
On their first possession the Bulldogs reached the zone in just three plays with running back Robert Houston scoring on a 9-yard run to put the Dogs up 8-0.
On Ranburne’s first series the Dog defense stepped up quickly when Lajareon Bryant intercepted a pass deflected by teammate ZyQuez Mitchell deep in Ranburne territory.
It would take the Dogs only 2-plays to reach pay dirt as Zarian Heard scored on a 7-yard run, leaving the score 14-0 LaFayette.
After a quick three and out by Ranburne, the Dogs scored again when Whitlow hit Jamarious Beatty on a 9-yard strike making the score 22-0 LaFayette at the end of the first.
On LaFayette’s next possession the Dogs Robert Houston took a hand off from Whitlow scampering 48 yards into the end zone now leaving the score 30-0 LaFayette.
On their next possession Ranburne appeared as a wounded warrior and with seemingly nothing to lose went for it on fourth and six from their own 35.
They came up short and the Dogs took over on downs.
In a matter of seconds the Bulldogs were in that familiar place once again when Whitlow connected with Shabasken Whitlow for a 26-yard touchdown pushing the score to 38-0 LaFayette.
Ranburne would threaten to score for the first time of the night only to fumble the ball inside their own five yard line.
The Bulldogs took possession with 36.5 seconds left in the half.
Whitlow led the Dogs 96-yards in two plays.
After a run to the 21 yard line on a quarterback keeper, Whitlow hit My’Kale Trammell on a perfectly thrown ball for a 79-yard score.
The score at the half LaFayette Bulldogs 46, Ranburne Bulldogs 0.
Ranburne received the kickoff to start the third quarter only to turn the ball over on downs after a quarterback sack on their own 21-yard line.
Whitlow hit Boston-Gaines on a pass inside the 10 yard line and took it in for the score himself on the next play. After the two point conversion the Dogs led 54-0.
The next series of plays would have its share of penalties as the Dogs would experience back to back to back holding penalties.
After the first holding penalty, My’Kale Trammell had a 85-yard touchdown run called back on a holding penalty.
The very next play Whitlow had a 90-yard touchdown called back on yet another holding penalty.
But like the old saying goes, “if at first you don’t succeed try it again” and that’s what the Dogs did.
My’Kale Trammell took a hand off from Whitlow going right, and then left, cutting back up the middle of the field 75-yards for the touchdown and this time no flags on the play.
The Bulldogs now led 62-0.
On their next drive, Ranburne would finally get in the scoring column on a 73-yard scoring drive.
LaFayette would get one final score on a 15-yard run by Whitlow making the score 68-7.
With a new school record assured and a first time victory over Ranburne achieved, the Dogs took a knee to end the night. After a kickoff to Ranburne and a few plays the game clock sounded, giving LaFayette a 68-7 victory.
As the Dogs lined up for the traditional game ending hand shake, Ranburne displayed poor sportsmanship as they rushed off the field without shaking hands.
Over all the Dogs played well in all aspects of the the game, offensively and defensively.
Next week will be the “Battle of the Black and Gold” when our very own LaFayette Bulldogs host region rival the Lanett Panthers.
This game has been said by many to be the biggest and most anticipated game of the year.
The Dogs come in with a record of 8-0, (6-0) in the region, while Lanett has record of 8-1, (6-0) with their only loss coming by way of Handley (4A).
The winner of this game will be the 2A Region 5 champion and have home field advantage during the playoffs.
The Dogs need your support as they battle the Lanett Panthers Friday night at the Dog Pound.
Game time 7 p.m. cst. Bulldog Stadium…… “GO DOGS