Cougars open with loss
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
Hoping to kick off their season with a win, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars instead fell to visiting Holy Spirit Prep 33-8 Friday night.
The Cougars were down 20-0 at the half, and they were unable to make a charge in the second half.
“The whole night we did things to hurt ourselves,” Lafayette Christian head coach Nick Nehring said. “It seemed like we really couldn’t catch a break. Something would go right, and then there’d be a penalty, or we’d have a turnover. We’d get them to a third down, or even a fourth down, and we’d give up a big play, or give up a touchdown.”
Holy Spirit Prep was up 20-0 at the half after scoring a touchdown on a fourth-down play with seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The Cougars’ only points came in the second half on a 5-yard scoring run by Trey Kirkland, and the two-point conversion pass from Matt Brown to Sam Marshall.
“We just struggled offensively, and I have to give them a lot of credit,” Nehring said. “They had a good game plan coming in, and they had a lot of good football players. They were physical at the line of scrimmage with us, and we struggled to move the ball.”
Lafayette Christian will look for its first win when it travels to Dahlonega on Friday to face North Georgia Christian.
Nehring hopes the preseason game against a tough Praise Academy team followed up by the game against Holy Spirit Prep will prepare his squad for the rest of the season.
“We played two tough teams early to make ourselves better,” Nehring said. “That’s how we’re looking at it. I told the guys to keep your heads up. We’ve got better things coming. We’ve got lots to play for. It was just the first regular-season game.”
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