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The adage “when it rains, it pours” seems fitting to describe Thursday’s showdown between Lafayette and York — partly because of the torrential downpour during the game and partly due to the nature of the game itself.
In a game between the top two teams in the Bay Rivers District, Lafayette repeatedly capitalized on opportunities to earn a 40-0 rout over the Falcons at home.
The win also marks Lafayette’s 28th consecutive win in district play, which breaks the previous record of 27 consecutive Bay Rivers District wins held by Tabb.
Lafayette’s success Thursday night was not limited to one aspect of the game. Instead it was a culmination of big plays from the offense, defense and special teams units.
The Rams started off the game with a drive that lasted a hair over four minutes. After what seemed like a strong defensive stand by York, Lafayette was forced to punt.
During the punt, however, York’s Collin Wall roughed Lafayette’s punter Cheyton Pine and handed the Rams an automatic first down. Given new life, Lafayette promptly drove down the field before Joseph Kraegenbrink ran six yards for the game’s opening score.
Both defenses held strong for the next 16 minutes, limiting big plays and forcing punts.
Lafayette managed to break through again with seconds left in the first half. With eight seconds remaining before halftime, Pine threw a short flare pass to Kyle Johnson, who weaved through the defense 19 yards for a touchdown with one second left on the clock. A missed extra point put the Rams up 13-0 at the break.
With the game still in reach for York, things began to unravel quickly in the third quarter.
After forcing Lafayette to punt on its opening possession of the half, York quarterback Ramsey Hayyat threw an interception to Hezekiah Grimsley on York’s first play of the half.
Moments later, Pine dove through his offensive line for a 2-yard touchdown that put Lafayette up 19-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, York’s kick returner struggled to hang on to the slippery ball and was pummeled by Lafayette’s gunners. The Rams swarmed to the ball and jumped on it for the recovery at the York 19-yard line.
Pine added his third touchdown of the game as he threw a dart to Kraegenbrink, who took the pass 22 yards for a touchdown that extended Lafayette’s lead to 25-0.
York once again struggled to hang on to the ball during the kickoff and the Falcons found themselves pinned at their own 12-yard line. The Lafayette defense smothered the Falcons and backed York all the way to its 3-yard line.
On third down, Pine came unblocked off the edge and wrapped up York running back Devin Campbell for a safety. To make matters worse, Lafayette’s Johnson took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to extend the Lafayette lead to 33-0.
Finally, with 10:11 left in the game, Grimsley came up with his second interception of the night, this time taking it 29 yards for a touchdown for the game’s last score.
“We knew because of the weather it was going to be a physical, pound it out kind of game,” Lafayette Coach Andy Linn said. “Our defense played lights out and our offense started churning. “
With such a resounding win, Lafayette (5-0) will look to continue its dominance in the district when they travel to take on Grafton next Friday.
Meanwhile, York (3-2) will have a chance to rebound during a road contest against Bruton next Friday.
York: 0 0 0 0 — 0
Lafayette: 7 6 20 7 — 40
L: J. Kraegenbrink 5 run (Horne kick), 7-0
L: Johnson 45 pass from Pine (kick missed), 13-0
L: Pine 2 run (pass failed), 19-0
L: J. Kraegenbrink 22 pass from Pine, 25-0
L: Safety, 27-0
L: Johnson 97 kickoff return (run failed), 33-0
L: Grimsley 24 interception return (Horne kick), 40-0
First Downs: 8; 9
Rushes-Yards: 30-67; 41-175
Passing Yards: 34; 71
Comp-att-inc: 3-9-2; 5-12-0
Fumbles-lost: 5-1; 2-1
Penalties-yards: 7-44.5; 7-87
York: Devin Campbell (14 car, 31 yards), Ramsey Hayyat (3-9, 34 yards, 2 INT, 7 car, 28 yards)
Lafayette: Cheyton Pine (5-12, 71 yards, 2 TDs, 6 car, 38 yards, TD), Joeseph Kraegenbrink (10 car, 83 yards, TD, 2 rec, 29 yards, TD), Hezekiah Grimsley (2 INTs, TD)
Grafton Clings to Victory Over New Kent
Both Grafton and New Kent struggled to accomplish much on the offensive side of the ball during a cold, wet showdown Thursday evening.
Fourteen first-half points by the Clippers proved to be enough to take down the Trojans as Grafton won 14-12 at home.
Grafton got on the board in the first quarter after Demetrius Moore took a 60-yard punt return to the house. A Reed King kick put the Clippers up 7-0.
In the second quarter. DJ Dobbins plunged through the line of scrimmage for a 1-yard quarterback keeper that extended Grafton’s lead to 13-0. Another converted point after by King put Grafton up 14-0.
New Kent showed signs of life thanks to standout senior running back Davion Barnes, who sprung free later in the second quarter for a 78-yard touchdown run. A missed extra point kept New Kent trailing by eight points.
The Trojans struck again in the third quarter, this time on an 8-yard jet sweep by RJ Morris. Trailing by two points, New Kent opted to go for two but failed the conversion.
After that score, neither team was able to get on the board again and Grafton held on for the narrow victory.
Grafton (4-1) will face a big test next week as the Clippers prepare to host Bay Rivers District leading Lafayette on Friday.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
New Kent 0 6 6 0 — 12
Grafton: 7 7 0 0 — 14
G: Moore 60 punt return (R. King kick), 7-0
G: Dobbins 1 run (R. King kick), 14-0
N: Barnes 78 run (kick missed), 14-6
N: Morris 8 run (run failed), 14-12