LaFayette High School wrapped up their spring workouts last week with a four-team jamboree game in Loachaopka. The Bulldogs played one half of football against Booker T. Washington and another against Reeltown.
The game gave first year LHS head coach James Lucas his first real opportunity to see his new team in competition, and the results were encouraging. “We need more reps for sure, but I was pleased with what I saw,” he said. “We were doing the fundamental things, like lining up in the right spot, and that stood out.
“This is the fourth system they’ve been in over the past few years, but they’ve really gravitated to what we are trying to do here, they’re buying into it. So I’m excited.”
LaFayette’s first half against 5A Booker T. Washington appeared to be evenly matched. LaFayette’s defense struggled some against the run, but created a big turnover. Perhaps the defense’s biggest problem was penalties, as facemask calls extended three Golden Eagle drives, one of which resulted in a touchdown.
On offense, LaFayette had success in both the running and passing game at times. There were some dropped passes that stalled drives, but the Dogs did complete a long pass for their only score.
The half would end in an 8-8 tie.
The second half against Region 5 rival Reeltown didn’t go as well. The Bulldogs had trouble stopping the Rebels’ wishbone running attack and couldn’t get much started on offense due to costly turnovers. Their lone score came on a fumble returned for a touchdown. Reeltown would win the half by a score of 22-6.
Mistakes aside, Lucas was pleased with the way his team performed. “Spring is about building a foundation,” he said, “and I think we did that. All the athletes put in good effort when they hit the field; they took it seriously and were physical. There’s still little things to work out but we’re in a good place right now.”
Now that spring is over, the Bulldogs will quickly move into their summer program. Lucas says the month of June will be a grind. Conditioning workouts begin on June 2 and will take place three days a week for the rest of the summer. The Bulldogs will host a 7-on-7 playdate on June 5, which will include Lagrange High School and Russell County High School. They will participate in one of the biggest 7-on-7 playdates in the state on June 20-21 in Prattville along with dozens of the top teams in the state. Lucas says his team will also be attending college camps nearly every weekend this summer.
LaFayette will officially be able to begin practice on August 4.
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