Cougars hope to bounce back
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
For the first time this season, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars are in bounceback mode.
Lafayette Christian opened the season with two consecutive wins, but it was beaten by Cherokee Christian 43-7 last week.
Lafayette Christian (2-1) will look to avoid its first losing streak of the season when it hosts Covenant Christian (1-0) on Friday, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Little went right for the Cougars last week, and it didn’t help that quarterback Landon Whitley went out with an injury.
Cason Firth moved to quarterback in place of Whitley and threw a touchdown pass to Nathan Karvelas.
Before he left the game, Whitley was helping the offense find success.
The senior quarterback ran for 65 yards on 12 attempts, and he completed 5-of-7 passes for 32 yards.
Firth ran for 46 yards on six attempts with one run of 32 yards, and he completed 3-of-6 passes for 32 yards with the touchdown.
While Whitley was at quarterback, Firth caught three passes for 32 yards.
Amani Jenkins had a 10-yard run and finished with 18 rushing yards, and Karvelas had three catches for 34 yards with a touchdown.
Also today, the Unity Preparatory Academy of West Georgia will make its home debut when it hosts the Paulding Knights at 7:30 p.m.
Unity Prep will play its home games at Hendrix Field in Hogansville.
Unity Prep (1-1) was off last week after losing to Calvary Christian 27-18 on Aug. 24.
The Rams surged to a 12-0 lead in that game, with Damarco White doing a lot of the damage.
White caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Tra Martin, and he also scored on a 51-yard interception return.
Later in the first half, White’s 75-yard touchdown run gave the Rams an 18-13 lead.
In the second half, though, Calvary Christian out-scored Unity Prep 14-0 to capture the come-from-behind win.
White had a huge day for the Rams, running for 150 yards on six carries while scoring three touchdowns.
Martin added 101 rushing yards with a passing touchdown.
Defensively, Devin Bray had 11 tackles, and Tre Jackson contributed eight tackles.
Callaway will put its 2-0 record on the line when it travels to Adams Stadium in DeKalb County to play Cross Keys at 5:15 p.m.
Troup (2-0) will make the short trip to Hamilton to play Harris County, and head coach Tanner Glisson said it’s a big game for the players.
“It’s a rivalry game,” Troup head coach Tanner Glisson said. “A lot of our kids are from the rural part of Troup County, and they go to church together. Some people will argue that it’s as much of a rivalry as next week is (against Callaway).”
LaGrange (0-2) will try to get its first win of the season today when it visits Hampton (1-1). LaGrange is coming off hard-fought losses to Callaway and Heard County, who are ranked among the top teams in Class AA.
Paulding Knights at Unity Prep, 7:30 p.m. (Hendrix Field in Hogansville)
Covenant Christian at Lafayette Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Callaway at Cross Keys, 7:30 p.m. (Adams Stadium in DeKalb County)
LaGrange at Hampton, 7:30 p.m.
Troup at Harris County, 7:30 p.m.