It’s been a dismal season for the LaFayette Bulldogs (1-7, 0-6) so far but Friday night’s loss to rival Lanett was especially painful. The Panthers (4-4, 2-3) racked up nearly 500 yards of offense and caused eight LaFayette turnovers in a 47-6 blowout win. Though both teams have fallen well below preseason expectations, Lanett was clearly the more motivated team Friday and they dominated every phase of the game.
“Lanett was the better team Friday night,” LHS coach James Lucas said. “Coach (Clifford) Story had them ready to play and they were the more physical team.
“It’s tough, especially for our seniors. They’re frustrated and I’m sorry they have to go through this.”
The game featured several miscues from both teams, but Lanett overcame their problems; LaFayette did not. And despite two first half turnovers and several penalties, the Panthers were still able to build a 34-0 halftime lead and coasted to the win.
LaFayette’s only score came late in the fourth quarter. They reached the endzone with 5:52 left to play when freshman quarterback Zarion Moore connected with Matthew Cartwright from 10 yards out on a fourth down.
Seeing his first action at quarterback, Moore completed nine passes for 141 yards.
With the Lanett game in the books, the Bulldogs have completed their region schedule. All that remains are two more games against 3A Beulah this week and 4A Saks to close the season.
Beulah (2-6) will serve as the final home game for the Bulldogs and Lucas wants to end the year on a high note. He said that some major changes could be expected this week as he starts building for next season.
“We’re going to start implementing my playbook,” he says. “I tried not to change too much at the start of the year because these guys have been running the spread for the past few years, but it’s time to start looking ahead now.”
Lucas says to expect a much more run oriented style and some younger personnel on the field.
LaFayette and Beulah will kickoff at Bulldog Stadium at 7 pm CST Friday night.
*For full story see this weeks print edition of The Sun.