The LaFayette High Bulldogs were officially eliminated from playoff contention following a tough 49-26 loss to Montgomery Academy here in LaFayette on Friday night. The Bulldogs are now 1-5 in Region 5 play and 1-7 overall with just two games remaining. They close out their region schedule this Friday when they travel to Reeltown and will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 1 against Bullock County at home.
For LaFayette, things got out of hand early on Friday night, thanks in large part to the play of Montgomery’s star quarterback Josh Thomas. Thomas had his was with LaFayette last season, and this year proved no different. He ran for three touchdowns in the game, including a 65-yarder and helped the Eagles to a 35-12 halftime advantage.
“We had a really difficult time stopping him,” LaFayette Coach Dialleo Burks said. “The effort really wasn’t there and we gave up two scores quickly because we were not competing.
“We settled down later in the game and were able to put some things together on offense, but we still had trouble stopping their running game.”
The Eagles jumped out to a 14-0 lead, before LaFayette answered to make it a 14-6 game after one quarter. But Montgomery continued to roll up the yards, and they scored three more times before halftime to take a commanding lead.
The Bulldogs added another score in the second quarter and found the endzone in both the third and fourth quarters, but they couldn’t keep up with the Eagles frantic pace.
LaFayette did have some success throwing the ball, as quarterback Kentrel Holloway totaled 254 yards through the air. He completed 13-of-23 passes for four touchdowns, though he had one interception. LHS also fumbled the ball once.
They were much less effective with their ground game, totaling just 48 yards.
Jartavious Whitlow led the Bulldogs with three catches for 131 yards and Quentavious Whitlow had three catches for 81 yards. Cordeski Floyd had two catches for 20 yards and Mitchell Ross caught three passes for 16 yards.
Wilvoski Pitts rushed for 32 yards in the loss and Jartavious Whitlow ran for 22 yards.
Tequarri Whitlow, who finished with seven tackles, led the LaFayette defense. Courtney Holloway and Antonia Smith both had five tackles and Charles Ballard and Floyd each had four tackles.
The Bulldogs may be out of the playoffs but they can still have an impact on the seasons of other teams, and they will try to play spoiler when they visit perennial 2A power Reeltown on Friday. The Rebels are 5-3 this season, with losses at the hands of Dadeville, Lanett and Montgomery Academy. They secured a playoff berth with a 19-0 win over Isabella last week, but they are still trying to earn a higher seed.
“We are still learning and still trying to get the best finish we can,” Burks said. “We’re not going to take these final two games off. We’re looking to get better and get the program on the right track heading into the off-season and for next year. We know we can’t make the playoff but we can still play spoiler to a few teams.”
The Bulldogs will have the difficult task of corralling Reeltown’s potent wishbone attack on offense. “We’re going to put as many people in the box as possible and try to control the edge,” Burks says. “We’re going to try to make them beat us with the pass.”
The Rebels defeated LHS 28-6 last year but lost 30-29 in 2011.
Kickoff on Friday is set for 7 pm CST in Reeltown.