Before the Lafayette Commodores could focus on their fall break, and another set of Chargers, they had to dispatch Lewisburg. Lafayette scored early and often to jump out to a big lead and salt away a second straight Region 1-5A win over the Patriots Thursday.
Coach Michael Fair saw his team score three touchdowns in the first quarter en route to the 35-6 win, which improved the Commodores to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in 1-5A play.
“I thought we played really well. These last two weeks, we’ve really talked about our focus and where it’s been and how we’re preparing for each team,” Fair said. “I thought our last two weeks of practice have been two of our best the whole year. I think it really shows in these games. We’ve come out and played well early. We’re playing fast. It’s going well.”
Fair’s Commodores have remained healthy during the last few weeks, which is another benefit overall. In the win over the Patriots, the Commodores totaled 249 yards on the ground. Jamie Shaw led the way with 92 yards on 13 carries. He was one of three players with a touchdown on the ground. Lance Stewart had one to go along with his 79 yards on nine carries, while Quinshin Twilley scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run. Quarterback Randy Anderson six of his eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He also added 49 yards on the ground.
Fair knew his team would respond in a positive fashion after losing the region opener to West Point, but he felt like the effort and energy has been even better than he had hoped for.
“You feel like you know your team. You feel like you know what’s going on through their minds you know them so much,” Fair said. “It’s your family, actually, because you’re with them so much this time of year. You feel like you know them and when something bad happens like the one-point loss to West Point, you still know what we’re getting ready to do. When you see them go out and perform like they have the past two weeks, and not just the game, but the way we’ve practiced and the business-like attitude they have brought, that’s been the enjoyable part. We still enjoy being around each other. Our team gets along and so do our coaches.”
Up next for the Commodores is an important date with Grenada. The Chargers have played the Commodores very close the past few years, and this contest will go a long way to deciding playoff seeding.
“Their record is not what they had hoped it would be right now, but they’re still really, really talented,” Fair said. “I’ve played them twice since I’ve been at Lafayette and they have both been really close. I know we went for 2 to tie in the last few seconds of the game last year. Seems like the year before, it was less than a touchdown. These are two teams that are very physical and take pride in that. It’s going to be a great game.”