By: By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
October 6, 2013
It was a milestone Friday night for the Lafayette Christian School Cougars.
Heading into Friday’s homecoming game, Lafayette Christian had never beaten Ballard Christian on the football field.
The Cougars can now cross that off their to-do list.
Behind a strong game from quarterback Matt Brown, Lafayette Christian beat Ballard 40-30
The Cougars (5-2 overall) improved to 2-1 in their region, and they’ll likely be the number two seed when the state playoffs begin next month.
LaFayette Christian plays in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama league, and if it holds down that second spot, it will host a playoff game.
The Cougars’ final three regular-season games are against non-region foes.
“It was a big, big win,” Lafayette Christian head coach Nick Nehring said.
The Cougars jumped out to a 33-12 halftime lead, and they withstood a charge by Ballard in the second half.
“We put the ball on the ground a few times, and they played very hard in the second half. And we knew that they would,” Nehring said. “They’re that kind of team. They don’t quit.”
Ballard scored a touchdown to get within 10 with about a minute left, and it went for two to make it a one-possession game.
Turner Hill came up with a big tackle on the conversion attempt, though, to keep the Cougars ahead by 10 points.
Ballard attempted an onside kick, but it was unsuccessful, and the Cougars were able to run out the clock.
Brown led the way for the Cougars with five touchdown runs.
“He really put us on his shoulders,” Nehring said of Brown. “And I have to give a lot of credit to our offensive line. They did a very good job. They put a lot of guys up in the box to try to stop the run. We were still able to get yards.”