New Orleans, Louisiana 2020-10-18 14:32:00 –
SULFUR Cedric Figaro needed his senior quarterback to step up.
Lafayette High was dragging 14-7 in half-time in the District 3-5A road game at Sulfur on Saturday. With the exception of the 71-yard touchdown performed by Xan Saunier, Mighty Lions attacks struggle to find rhythm with four punts, lost fumbles, down turnovers, and one touchdown in the first half. Did.
Figaro challenged Sonnier to do more in the second half.
“I didn’t think he was doing well, so I challenged him in half-time,” Figaro said. “I told him I needed a soldier. I needed that man who was a soldier. He showed you, and he showed me what he could do. . “
“Fig is a great coach and he’s really struggling with me,” Sonnier said. “He chews me during practice and games. I’m always instructed that way and respond. When he says he needs to step up for us, I I was ready to go. I already knew I needed it. Do it before he said anything. “
When Lafayette High defeated Sulfur 27-14, Sonnier led the Mighty Lions on three touchdown drives in the last two quarters to answer the coach’s challenge.
“Today I had to find a way to win,” Sonnier said. “Everyone stepped up for me and the second half was great.”
Sulfur Front 7 successfully shot the gap in the first half as the Golden Tornado contained the Mighty Lions attack. Neither De’Amonte Phillips nor Carson Livesay could run, and I met a few defenders on the line of scrimmage.
“They are tilting their inner edges and I think our guys were asleep,” Figaro said. “They were sleeping in the car. That was it.”
After losing fumble in punt and pitch play, Lafayette High scored on his third possession. Saunier took a designed run and managed to escape by bust out the sulfur defenses for a 71-yard touchdown run.
That was the only score in the first half by Mighty Lions.
Lafayette High’s attack failed to take advantage of a good field position after another drive that ended in a forcedown failure near the midfield after Seth Jones stole the ball at the 50-yard line. ..
Sulfur, on the other hand, was a little more successful in the first half of the attack.
With a 32-yard line ball following the Lafayette High Fumble, Sulfur Jacob Clark hit Brayren Walker and achieved a 28-yard complete on the left sideline. After a few plays, Clark found Gavin Elliott in a three-yard touchdown.
Sulfur (0-1, 0-1) had another promising drive with Dylan McFairlane running 38 yards, but Lafayette High’s Tim Wilson fired Clark three downs. Because of that, it stalled. The Golden Tornado bounced off at the correct goal post and missed a field goal attempt.
However, sulfur scored in the next possession.
Clark hit Walker on the left sideline with a 45-yard pass, and Tagsterry ended with a 26-yard touchdown. Walker led all wide receivers in five receptions at 126 yards.
Sulfur opened the second half by picking up some of the first downs, but Lafayette High’s defense was forced to punt. That was when the Mighty Lion attack took over.
Lafayette High (3-0, 2-0) advanced to the pass game as Sonnier completed a 22-yard pass to Renotka and a 35-yard pass to Simeon Jones. Saunier finished the drive with a 6-yard pass to John Lege. Livesay’s two-point run wasn’t good, so Sulfur still held a 14-13 lead.
“We knew what they were doing defensively against us, and we knew that running against them wouldn’t work,” Sonnier said. It was. “So we had to throw it. The receiver was excited to have the opportunity to step up, and I think we did a good job.”
Lafayette High forced another punt, but Sulfur’s Punter pinned the Mighty Lions with their 6s. ..
Lafayette’s defense threw a shutout in the second half, but Figaro wanted more from his team.
“They threw a shutout, but I gave them a C in the second half,” Figaro said. “Why there was a ball we were supposed to get. I don’t know if we were passive. I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t aggressive today. Backend.”
The Mighty Lions conclude their fourth come-from-behind victory.
A snap of the punt crossed the head of the Sulfur Panther and the ball was recovered by Saos Figaro. A few minutes later, Sonnier scored a 24-yard touchdown run and jumped into the end zone from a distance of 4 yards. Saunier led all rushers at 205 yards with 16 carries and completed 8 of 16 passes at 98 yards.
“We’re improving little by little every week, which is good,” said Figaro. “The first half messed it up and the second half played better. One of the kids said they would have lost the game last year, so we’re learning and that’s a good thing.”
“It’s exciting to be 3-0, but there’s a lot to do,” Sonnier said. “We celebrate tonight, but we’ll be back to work tomorrow.”