That was the case Friday night as Carencro wide receiver Shawn Thomas caught a school-record 10 passes for 115 yards as the host Bears dominated District 3-5A opponent Lafayette 49-7.
Fifth-ranked Carencro (4-0) also featured its rushing attack out of the Wing-T offense, gaining 336 yards on 34 attempts.
The Bears, however, saw a chance for quarterback Jalen Nixon to throw the ball to Thomas, who drew single coverage from the LHS secondary.
“We were excited about having to go to the passing game, Carencro coach Brent Indest said. “So far we haven’t had to, but (Thomas) is a marquee player and Lafayette High was putting an extra man up in the box to stop (Alex) Johnson on the isolation play.
“That gave us single coverage on (Thomas).”
Nixon ended the night completing 10 of 13, but Johnson still rushed for 141 and two touchdowns on 12 attempts.
The CHS points against LHS (0-4) gave the Bears 205 in four contests.
Lafayette coach Jay Domengeaux said Carencro’s decision to pass 13 times wasn’t totally unexpected.
“They have so many weapons, it really doesn’t surprise me. It is one of the few things they hadn’t shown. You’re not going to slow them down. They pretty much do what they want,” Domengeaux said.
Carencro scored on its first six possessions and put the game out of reach 42-0 with 3:18 left in the third period.
“We’re good on offense. Last year we couldn’t block, but this year we are blocking. That’s the difference,” Indest said.
Lafayette dominated the first quarter game clock with a potential 63-yard scoring march that used just less than nine minutes, but Carencro took control of the scoreboard with four touchdowns in as many possessions for the remainder of the half.
After the Lions’ drive ended with a fumble at the Bears’ 7, Carencro’s offense gained 270 yards during the first two periods to take a 28-0 lead at the half.
Domengeaux said the Lions’ fumble is something that has become familiar.
“That’s the thing that has plagued us all year,” he said.
Carencro’s first score ended after the Bears traveled 95 yards in seven plays, ending with a 1-yard Johnson run.
The key play came when Thomas and Nixon connected on a 22-yard first-down pass just short of the goal line.
In the second quarter, Carencro went 60 yards on the next possession, with Nixon and Johnson gathering big chunks of yardage. Jaylan Rose went 13 yards (7:21) for the second TD.
Another LHS turnover — a Kendal Sam pass interception — was returned to the Lions’ 28. On the first play, Thomas found Nixon open in the end zone (5:46).
Carencro’s defense held on fourth down at the LHS 48 and acquired field position for the final first half touchdown.
It took the Bears five plays, as Rose ran into the end zone with 43 seconds left.
Johnson’s second touchdown — a 30-yard run — ended a second-half opening drive of 57 yards.