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Cougars two wins from a title

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

Lafayette Christian School’s football program already has one state-championship trophy.

In 2015, the Cougars capped a memorable season with a 41-30 victory over Central Christian to win the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association eight-man state title.

If the plan comes together, the Cougars will be celebrating another state title, this one in 11-man football, in a little more than a week.

Lafayette Christian will host a state semifinal game on Friday against Georgia Christian, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

If Lafayette Christian wins, it will be back at home for the state-championship game on Nov. 15 against either Griffin Christian or John Hancock.

While everything seems to be trending toward a showdown between region champions Lafayette Christian and Griffin Christian in the championship game, the Cougars are focused on the task at hand.

Georgia Christian, which lost to Lafayette Christian 52-22 a month ago, beat Fullington Academy last week to reach the semifinals.

“We’ve not take anything for granted,” said Billy Bryant, Lafayette Christian’s first-year head coach. “We’ve had hard practices. We’ve hit some, but we have not hit every day because we want to make sure we don’t have any more injuries. But we’ve worked hard the last three weeks, and corrected some things. The guys are tied of hitting each other. They want to hit somebody else.”

For the Cougars, not having to leave their home field in the playoffs is the reward for a successful regular season.

Lafayette Christian (6-2 overall) not only won all of its region games, but it earned a thrilling 21-20 victory over Griffin Christian in the regular-season finale to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

“We’ll play here as long as we win,” Bryant said. “That was the drive for us to win the two region games that we played, but also to win the other games so that in a head-to-head tiebreaker we’d be at home as opposed to making that trip.”

If Lafayette Christian wins this week, it would likely face a rematch with Georgia Christian, with the state title at stake.

“Right now, they’re off the radar, and we’re focused on Georgia Christian,” Bryant said.

LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN VS. GEORGIA CHRISTIAN

WHAT: Semifinals of GICAA Class A state playoffs

WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lafayette Christian School