LAFAYETTE — Trey Davis became a mudder when Lafayette High needed it most.
The junior running back ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns in drenched conditions Friday night in leading the Mighty Lions to a 30-6 win over Comeaux in their District 3-5A finale.
Davis had two second-half touchdown runs after the Spartans had kept it close on Justin Martin’s 63-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter. That touchdown came after a 40-minute lightning delay between the first and second quarters.
In the second half, though, Lafayette High’s defense came to the fore, holding the Spartans to only 13 offensive yards after halftime. Comeaux (3-7, 0-6 in 3-5A) also lost six fumbles in a game played in a consistent rain.
“The conditions were atrocious, but they were a lot more conducive to what we want to do offensively than what Comeaux does,” Lafayette High coach Jay Domengeaux said. “We did a good job of controlling the ball, and considering the conditions, we did a good job of holding onto the football.”
LHS (3-7, 1-5) took advantage of one of those fumbles late in the game, but it was a blocked punt that provided the biggest score late in the third quarter. With the Lions leading only 14-6, Khale Schexnayder stormed in to block a Grant Emfinger punt in Spartans’ territory and give the Lions possession at the Comeaux 17.
Davis shook off a tackle around the left side and went for a 20-yard score two plays later to boost the Lions’ advantage to 22-6 after quarterback Dwight Youngblood threw a two-point conversion pass to Hunter Merry — the only completed pass by either team in the second half.
After an exchange of fumbles gave Lafayette High possession at the Comeaux 30 early in the fourth quarter, Davis capped a four-play drive with a 16-yard burst up the middle to make it 30-6 after his own two-point conversion run.
In addition to Davis, Trevin Kelly went for 117 yards on only 13 carries for the Lions. Kelly had LHS’ other touchdown with a 36-yard scoring run on the fifth play of the second quarter after the lengthy delay.
Davis ended up over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, finishing with 1,131 yards in 10 games.
“Our guys up front did a good job and those two guys ran hard,” Domengeaux said. “But our defense played hard and tackled well, and that’s not easy in these kind of conditions. Conditions like this really change the complexion of the game, but I’m really happy with the way our kids handled it.”