Cougars to host playoff game

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

October 20, 2013

For the first time in their history, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars can look forward to playing a home game after the regular season is over.

The Cougars have been in the eight-man football playoffs before, but they’ve never hosted a playoff game.

That will change in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to their second-place finish in their region, the Cougars have earned a right to host a playoff game in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama Athletic Association.

The Cougars, who have wrapped up region play, tuned up for state with an impressive 57-26 victory over Westside Baptist on Friday night.

It was a nice bounce-back effort for the Cougars, who were beaten 52-22 by Shiloh Hills the previous week.

“We didn’t play well on the road,” Lafayette Christian coach Nick Nehring said. “We bounced back, got back on track, and played our type of ballgame. We played four quarters.”

Lafayette Christian will wrap up the regular season on Friday against Harvester Christian, and the playoffs begin the week after that.

Against Westside, the Cougars dominated the action on senior night.

Quarterback Matt Brown, Trey Kirkland, Aaron Dixon, Seth Horton, Graham Oliver and Ethan Pike each scored touchdowns for the Cougars.

“It’s been pretty lop-sided (in past years), but it was a tough game,” Nehring said. “They’re a much-improved team. They played hard.”