Karvelas and Snyder lead LCS to dominant road victory

Published 11:19 pm Friday, September 1, 2023

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Lafayette Christian dominated Fideles on the road Friday, 40-6, to improve to 2-0 on the young season.

“We played well and came up here and played real physical,” LCS coach Jarred Pike said. “We came up here and executed just like we expected to do.”

The Cougars were all business in their approach to their first road game of the season.

“I don’t know what happened tonight, but the guys got off the bus angry,” Pike said. “I was glad they brought that edge tonight.”

The offense was a little slow to get started, but once it got revving there was no stopping the Cougars. 

Ephraim Snyder got his first of three touchdowns with two minutes to go in the first. The Cougars converted the 2-point conversion and were off and running from there. 

Snyder was, of course, at the heartbeat of it all, running for over 100 yards before being pulled to rest before halftime.

“He is going to give you everything he has got every night,” Pike said. “He has some really great runs tonight and had around 135 yards.”

The Cougars were able to double their lead when David Karvelas hit Paul Batistini for a 35-yard touchdown connection. Batistini used just one hand to snag the pass.

Snyder got his second touchdown of the game when he rumbled for 50 yards with 7:07 left in the first half. 

Karvelas threw his second touchdown of the game when he connected with Connor Hudson for 25 yards. 

It was another big performance from the junior quarterback, who made his debut just one week ago.

“His presence out there is something, it looks like he has been playing the game for years,” Pike said. “He also runs the ball hard downhill and picked up some big first downs for us this evening.

“He has a real killer instinct that you can teach, you’re just born with.”

The Cougars got a little cheeky and attempted an onsite kick Cody Batistini recovered. The Cougars made good on it too when Snyder scored his third touchdown of the half from 10 yards out with 2:20 left in the first half.

Lafayette Christian took a 40-0 lead into the halftime break, which allowed the team to rotate some players in during the second half.

Fideles eventually got a garbage time touchdown in the second half, but it did little to make the score look any more flattering.

The Cougar defense has been stellar through two games, only allowing 12 points through eight quarters of football.

“We have some dogs running around out there,” Pike said. “They have been flying around to the ball and Eli Carroll had another great game at edge where he locked down one side of the field.”

Lafayette Christian (2-0) will host Holy Ground next Friday. 

“We are going to have a tough date with Holy Ground because those farm boys are built different down there,” Pike said. “We are going to have to come ready to play with our heads on right because we got two ejections last year in that game.”