Special to the Journal
SHANNON – Dodging raindrops was not in the game plan for the Lafayette Commodores on Friday night.
But dodge them they had to do, eventually denting a stubborn Shannon Red Raiders defense in the second half to come away with a sloppy 10-0 victory in a matchup of Class 4A schools.
“We went into the game not thinking it was going to rain,” Lafayette head coach Eric Robertson said. “They kept us pinned down on our end of the field, especially in the first half.
“Our defense just bowed its neck as it turned into a physical game. We even played some offensive linemen when Shannon was in the red zone.”
Lafayette (3-2) got the clinching points on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Devin Thomas with 1 minute, 45 seconds to play. That helped the Commodores survive four turnovers, while Shannon (2-2) could not ring up points on the scoreboard on three trips into the red zone.
Both teams slogged through most of the first half trying to adjust to the wet field, with a Lafayette fumble giving Shannon the football at the Commodores 14-yard line with 1:31 to play in the first half. The Raiders ran five plays in the red zone, but also ran out the clock for a 0-0 halftime score.
Early in the third period, Shannon missed a 30-yard field goal, and fumbled the football away on the Lafayette 11-yard line. The Raiders also saw first string quarterback Kendall Cox and backup Chavis Dilworth go out with injuries on back-to-back plays.
Lafayette finally tilted the field in their favor after a 53-yard ramble by Tyrell Price, which set up a 21-yard field goal by Mack Bishop with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
“Our defense played well, and they gave us every opportunities we wanted,” Shannon head coach Darryl Carter said.
The Commodores were able to maintain control of field position in the final period leading to Thomas’ 1-yard run.