By John Davis, Sports Editor
If Eric Robertson made some popcorn to re-watch the Charleston game, don't blame him. The Lafayette Commodores played that well in their 26-0 win over the Tigers in Week 6. <>
It was more than a pleasing performance, Robertson said, a contest that drew very few unflattering comments.
“I thought we could have tackled a little bit better the first half. Other than that, I thought we played really well,” Robertson said. “I thought (quarterback) Will Ard played exceptionally well after watching film. I thought he had a great game, I really did.”
The non-division slate is complete now, and Robertson felt like his Commodores (5-1 overall) were playing well overall.
“I think we have improved in all three phases of the game as the season has gone on,” Robertson said. “I think we're playing well, and I also think there is room for improvement in all three phases. I expect for us to get better and for us to peak towards the end of the season.”
Ripley enters the matchup with the Commodores at 2-3. Former Ole Miss fullback Chad Cook is the head coach of the Tigers, who have always played well against Lafayette.
“They always play us hard. They've been bitten by the injury bug some this year, but they always have a chance because they have a really good quarterback,” Robertson said. “(Tucker) Childers is just a good, solid high school quarterback. He's physical. He runs the ball and he throws it well. I think this is going to be a good first region game for us.”
The test shouldn't be a huge shock to the Commodores since they have played the likes of Oxford, Grenada, Charleston and Louisville the past four weeks.
“We've played some really good football teams. They were good games for us, and prepared us for anything we might see from this point on,” Robertson said. “I think those games on our non-region schedule definitely got us ready to play region ball.”
Outside of a few bumps and bruises, Robertson said the Commodores were healthy heading into the game. Offensively, the Commodores have several plays installed, and everything revolved around blocking the defense they were set to see.
“Ripley actually showed us three different fronts on film. So we have to prepare to block three different fronts,” Robertson said.
Sophomore kicker Robbie Langley made two field goals in the win over Charleston. It was his first week to be the full-time kicker after Bryce Hertl left the squad. Langley is now handling the punting, the kickoffs and the placed kicks for the Commodores.
“Those two field goals were big for us in the game, and we think they will be big for us down the road, just giving him confidence,” Robertson said. “I thought he did a good job of kicking off. I thought he placed the ball where we wanted him to most of the time. He was able to kick one out of the end zone and then he kicked one deep and we were able to tackle them inside the 20 which is nice. I think Robbie is progressing just fine and he will continue to improve. There is a lot on him, but he's continuing to get better each week.”