If you were a fan of the Kurt Warner’s St. Louis Rams and the Greatest Show on Turf’s potent offensive aerial attack, Friday night’s contest between the Lafayette Lions and Comeaux Spartans at Comeaux High would not have been to your liking.
However, if you enjoyed Woody Hayes’ “three yards and a cloud of dust” relentless ground game, the Lions vs. the Spartans provided an abundance of entertainment.
The game featured numerous running plays, double tight end formations, eight man box defensive sets, and few passing plays. It was a tough game fought in the trenches with the Lions prevailing 24-17 after holding off the surging Spartans.
“It’s not a very balanced attack, but we saw a couple of things that were working, and a couple of things that weren’t. We decided to stop fighting it and stick with what was there,” LHS coach Jay Domengeaux said.
Leading that attack was the game’s top rusher Aaron Woods who finished the game with 138 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries. Many of those carries were sweeps behind the left side of the offensive line.
“It had to do a lot with personnel,” Domengeaux said. “It was by play design. On the right side they were taking our legs, and we were having trouble getting to the next level. We were doing a much better job getting to the second level on the left side. We saw we could have a little more success there, so we lived on the left side.”
The Spartans, meanwhile, are four games into running the Wing-T offense, and this marked the first game running the Wing T with sophomore quarterback Ethan Rose at the helm. Rose finished the game with 39 yards on the ground including a 4-yard touchdown run.
“He ran the offense,” Comeaux coach Kevin Magee said. “The made some mistakes. He’s only going to get better. He did everything we asked him to do.”
Prior to Friday night’s matchup LHS coach Domengeaux noted that his team has “a chance to be 3-2 the first half of the season. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that.”
Early on it looked like that chance would come easily for Coach Domengeaux as the Lions roared out to a 16-0 lead with 7:42 remaining in the first quarter on account of two Aaron Woods touchdown runs of 5 and 12 yards respectively and a safety.
Facing a deficit, Rose and the Wing-T started to get into gear with no more clear an example of the Wing-T than the 60-yard touchdown run by Tyrek Malveaux on a counter play in which the ball switched hands in the backfield from quarterback, to tail back, to the eventual runner Malveaux for the score.
The Spartans closed the Lion lead to seven points at 24-17 and were poised to get the ball back from LHS with good field position and about five minutes remaining in the game.
The Lions were forced to punt from their own 20. During the punt attempt, the snap was low and the punter could not handle the ball cleanly. Wisely, instead of attempting to get off a hurried punt, the LHS punter scamper 10 yards for a Lion first down, taking more precious time off of the clock and safely diminishing any chance for a game tying drive by the Spartans.
“They gave us an opportunity there at the end on muffed punt, and that was the game,” Magee said.