Lafayette Christian rolls to dominant win on homecoming

Published 11:49 pm Friday, September 29, 2023

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Lafayette Christian breezed past New Creation on Friday for a comfortable 44-0 homecoming win.

“It was kind of expected,” LCS coach Jarred Pike said. “We came out there and played a really good game and made sure it was a fun homecoming.”

It was complete domination for the Cougars, who got to test out some of their new pieces and rest some of their starters in the second half. 

“We got a bunch of guys into the game in front of the home crowd, so it was just a good all-around homecoming game for us,” Pike said. 

One of those new key players is Bruno Tellez, who has limited football experience but scored the opening touchdown on Friday night when he caught a 56-yard pass from David Karvelas.

“Bruno joined us a few weeks into school,” Pike said. “He is a really good basketball player, and he has been working really hard in practice to earn some game time and gives us a really big target.

“He has the hops, and we figured we’d throw him the ball on the very first play tonight and see what he could do, and he ran right by the safety for a touchdown.”

Tellez could end up proving a key piece moving forward.

Ephraim Snyder was the heartbeat of the offense and was done before the second half started.

“Ephraim was done at halftime,” Pike said. ‘The offensive line was opening up some huge holes, and he would make a move and hit them.”

Snyder had four touchdown runs of six yards, 17 yards, 16 yards and 15 yards — all in the first half. The senior tailback is approaching 20 touchdowns on the season in just six games played. 

The score was 24-0 with 3:11 left in the first quarter and 38-0 heading into halftime as the Cougars truly had no problems on Friday night. 

Pike was happy to see his team turn the ball over just one time, an interception, after having nine combined turnovers in the last two games.

“We had no turnovers by a ball carrier, which was huge because we have been having some real ball security issues with some of the guys,” Pike said. 

The Cougars defense pitched their first shutout since 2021 and their defense is one of the best in GAPPS through six games. The defense is allowing a paltry 12 points per game.

Lafayette Christian (5-1) is 2-0 in region play after Friday’s win. The Cougars will have a bye week before returning to action on Oct. 13 in an important region clash with Young Americans Christian.

“We were injury-free except for one of our linebackers,” Pike said. “We have a bye week, so we will need everybody healthy for Young Americans, Praise (Academy) and Sherwood.”