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Bryan Station ends Lafayette's season in playoffs
by Lyndsey Gough,posted Nov 8 2013 11:28PM
On a chilly night at Lafayette’s field the Bryan Station Defenders came out and owned the game from the start. In a high-emotion, cross-town rivalry that included three separate scuffles on the field, quarterback Bo Johnson led his team to a victory over the Lafayette Generals 28-14.
Lafayette made it to the red zone four times, but was unable to score on three of those attempts. They also converted zero of their five fourth down conversions, which ended up being their Achilles heel. Freshman quarterback, Walker Wood experienced lots of pressure at the hands of the Bryan Station defensive line with three sacks. Wood had 8 completions of 14 attempts with one interception. He threw for 153 yards, but was unable to throw a touchdown pass. Michael Sefafini had 72 receiving yards with a long 57 yard catch, Lucky Jackson had 67 receiving yards with another big play of 44 yards and Kylan Nelson had 14. Lafayette excelled with the run game despite the loss with Nelson gaining 107 rushing and one touchdown, Robinson gaining 62 yards, Wood net rushing for 18 yards and a touchdown of his own, and Brown with 10 net yards.
The teams were pretty evenly matched stat-wise, regardless of how the scoreboard reads. Bryan Station had 17 first downs to Lafayette’s 15, Bryan Station had 37 rushes for 176 yards, Lafayette had 37 for 180. Bryan Station took the passing game, out throwing Lafayette with 216 yards compared to Wood’s 153. Bryan Station’s Johnson had 27 attempts for 16 completions and 2 interceptions, while Lafayette’s Wood had 14-8-1. Bryan Station ran 64 offensive plays for 392 yards, compared to Lafayette’s 51 plays for 333 yards. Bryan Station had 8 penalties for 81 yards and Lafayette had 8 for 49. Bryan Station’s difference was made with 4th downs and red zone scores. They converted five of their six fourth downs and had five chances to score in the red zone, completing three of them.
The Farm Bureau Player of the Game, Bo Johnson had two passing touchdowns (one to Carmichael and one to Walker) and two rushing touchdowns for 65 net yards. Carmichael rushed for 98 net yards and had 9 receiving yards. CJ Walker had an outstanding performance with 129 receiving yards; his longest run was for 61 yards. Jam Robertson also had 5 tackles for loss.
With the clock at 9:34 in the first CJ Walker Jr. caught a 23 yard pass from Johnson to make the score 6-0 with a kick by Anthony Lopez. With 11:55 in the second, Johnson connects with Carmichael on a 4 yard pass to bring the Defenders up 14-0 with another Lopez kick. The Generals answered with 25 seconds until the half with a quarterback keep by Walker Wood, a 1 yard run to punch it in and put Lafayette on the board. Gillespie’s kick was good, leaving Lafayette down by a touchdown at the half. Bryan Station’s head coach Frank Parks said their first half success was due to no wasted opportunities and taking full advantage. Lafayette’s coach Eric Shaw said at the half that his team had to continue to be aggressive, and that Wood’s touchdown gave them some momentum and hopefully time to regroup after a couple of penalties.
Bryan Station received in the second half and drove it down the field with a Bo Johnson quarterback keep touchdown, putting the Defenders up 21-7 with 10:51 in the 3rd quarter after the extra point kick. Lafayette answered with 4:40 left to play in the third when Wood handed off to Kylan Nelson for a 28 yard run into the end zone, leaving Lafayette trailing by one again after the kick was good. With 59 seconds until the fourth quarter, Johnson carried it in again on a 5-yard run to put the Defenders up two again, where they would remain. The fourth quarter started with an interception thrown by Wood, but both teams went scoreless.
There was a controversial call in the fourth with about 2:30 on the clock that left Lafayette very upset. Bryan Station quarterback on a fourth down went for a pooch kick and was tackled. Johnson took the snap under center, bobbled the ball a bit, scrambled and decided to take the kick when a Lafayette defender hit him. The referee’s threw the flag and called roughing the kicker, which was debatable since technically he took the snap as quarterback. The call was not challenged and from there Bryan Station ran the clock out to end the game.
Per the KHSAA’s new ruling, if the coaches and ref’s think it would lead to an altercation, there is to be no post-game handshake and for this game, there was not. The Generals took some time to exit the field after being urged by coaches and the cheerleaders from each team met at mid-field to shake hands instead. After the game Coach Parks said that he said he thought Johnson played very well. On the penalties, he said he told his team to “play the next play and don’t worry about what happened.” Johnson attributed much of his success from this game to his receivers and said he felt pretty good about the game although he was upset about the two picks. He said on the controversial kicking call that it could have went either way and he and “his hat was off to Lafayette”.
Bryan Station will survive another week to take on Scott County on the road next week. Scott County defeated George Rodgers Clark 63-34 and are now 10-0. Lafayette ended their season 3-8 and Bryan Station is sitting at an even 5-5.
Bryan Station 28 Lafayette 14 (Playoffs)
The Defenders passing attack was too much to handle for the Generals. Bryan Station will face off against Scott County on November 15th at Scott County.