MOSS BLUFF — The Lafayette High football team failed to end its losing streak Friday night when it lost 34-20 on the road against Sam Houston.
The loss marked the Lions’ (2-7, 0-5 District 3-5A) seventh consecutive loss and kept them from tying the Broncos (4-5, 2-3) in the district standings.
The Broncos ran away from Lafayette in the second half thanks to a successful ground attack that finished with 55 carries for 417 yards and five touchdowns.
Lafayette struck first when it recovered a Sam Houston fumble and capitalized on the next play from scrimmage as senior running back Trevin Kelly scored on a 48-yard run, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead.
Sam Houston responded with an eight-play, 62-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver Jess Lafleur, but Broncos kicker Justin Cormier missed the extra point, allowing Lafayette to hold onto a 7-6 lead.
The Lions kept that lead through the first half after a scoreless second quarter, but both offenses warmed up in the second half and the third quarter turned into a back-and-forth affair.
The Broncos finally took their first lead on the opening drive of the second half, going 80 yards in 10 plays.
On the ensuing Lafayette drive, it looked like the Lions had stalled at the Sam Houston 37-yard line as they faced fourth-and-8.
But a big play kept the Lions’ drive alive when senior quarterback Dwight Youngblood found Kelly down the sideline for a 36-yard pass to the Broncos’ 1-yard line.
Kelly scored a couple plays later on a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Lions up 13-12.
But Sam Houston responded by forcing the third lead change of the third quarter with another 80-yard touchdown drive, and this time, it never relinquished their lead.
The Broncos ended up scoring a touchdown on five of their six second-half drives. The only one in which they failed to score was the final drive of the game, which ended with Sam Houston senior quarterback Devonte’ Deboest kneeling the ball to run out the clock.
The Lions tried to mount a comeback midway through the fourth quarter when, trailing 34-13, Youngblood hit senior wide receiver Archie Ducote for a 92-yard touchdown pass to bring the game within two touchdowns, but Lafayette failed to convert the onside kick and never received possession again.
Despite carrying the ball just four times for as many yards in the second half, Kelly led the team in rushing with a total of 15 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, while Youngblood finished the game completing five of his seven passes for 137 yards.