They got it.
Quarterback Matt Brown threw a touchdown pass to Caleb Casey with a little more than two minutes remaining to lift the Cougars to a 26-20 victory over Harvester Christian Friday night at the Whitesville Road stadium.
The win bumped the Cougars’ record to 6-3, giving them the most wins in school history.
Lafayette Christian wraps up the regular season Friday night at home against North Georgia before the playoffs begin the following week.
“I was proud of the guys,” Lafayette Christian School head coach Nick Nehring said. “You face adversity, and what are you going to do about it? They stepped up and played hard.”
The Cougars appeared to have things on cruise control after building the big halftime lead, but a determined Harvester team fought back to get even in the fourth quarter.
“They just played so tough. They really did,” Nehring said of Harvester. “They fought back. They just didn’t quit.”
The Cougars didn’t quit either.
Backed up deep in their own territory, the Cougars got the play they needed when Brown threw what Nehring called “a beautiful pass” to a streaking Casey for the go-ahead score.
“Matt just threw a great ball,” Nehring said. “It was a perfect pass. It really was. And Caleb made the catch.”
It looked like the Cougars may have wrapped things up when they attempted an onside kick and recovered it, but they fumbled the ball away two plays later, giving Harvester one last chance.
Lafayette Christian’s defense stood firm, though, to seal the victory.
“It was a crazy game,” Nehring said.
In the first half, it was all Lafayette Christian.
Brown scored on a quarterback sneak and the ran in the two-point conversion attempt to make it 8-0.
Sean McClendon added a pair of touchdown runs in the first half to put the Cougars up 20-0 before Harvester came back in the second half.
In the end, it was the Cougars getting the win and assuring themselves of a winning season.
“I’m proud of the guys,” Nehring said. “It was a great way to get a win. It was a big game, a tough game.”