To start the season, Lafayette Christian senior Regan Miller was set to be the quarterback for the Knights.
But after struggling on offense through the first couple of weeks, the Knights’ turned to freshman Zack Clement to try and put Miller on the field in more situations.
Rather than sulk, Miller has responded and become a star for the Knights on both sides of the ball.
“I have to give him so much credit for what he has done,” said Lafayette Christian coach Derek Landry. “He has put in extra hours in the classroom, the film room and the practice field and it has paid off.”
Miller rushed for three touchdowns last week for the Knights’ and in their most recent win against Centerville led the team in rushing.
The senior has also stepped in at safety for the Knights and shined, leading the team in tackles through the last two weeks and intercepting passes.
Landry said Miller’s work ethic has inspired the team around him and they have taken after his example.
“The team has kind of rallied around his work ethic and realizes how hard he is working,” Landry said. “It has ignited us.”
The Knights have turned their season around in the last three weeks, putting themselves in position to make the playoffs in Class A.
“We keep telling our kids that we’ve positioned ourselves well,” said Landry after the win against Centerville. “Coming into this week we were right around number nine or number ten in the power rankings, and we should still be right around there again, so we control our own destiny.
“We’ve been telling our kids to be a team of history, and be a team to accomplish some firsts,” said Landry. “First team to win homecoming, first team to beat Hanson and first team to beat Centerville.”
Landry praised Miller for not falling into the allure of wanting to be the ‘star’ quarterback and becoming a star in his own right in his role.
“He gave up being a star to be a role player for us,” Landry said. “And he’s starting to become a star in the roles he plays for us.”
Sinegal makes Max Preps Top 10
Erath defensive end Jaylen Sinegal made the Max Preps National Top 10 highlights for his hit against Patterson on Friday.
Sinegal beat the right tackle and exploded into backfield before laying a vicious hit down on the quarterback.
Erath coach David Comeaux said Sinegal’s athleticism made him a weapon for the Bobcats on both sides of the ball. Sinegal also plays tight end for Erath.
“He makes both sides so much better for us,” Comeaux said. “He’s a great blocking tight end in our running game, but he also has great hands.
“He’s one of the guys we really count on.”
Sinegal plays a big role for the Bobcats’ front line and will be important in Erath’s crucial game against Kaplan this week.
Comeaux said against the Pirates version of the Wing T offense, penetration is the key and Sinegal and the rest of the front eight need to play well to stop the Pirates.
“Our front eight everybody has a job to do,” Comeaux said. “We have to attack our reads, whether its a down block or both guards pulling and play assignment football and play it fast.”