A few bursts by Sulphur High School running back Derrick Guillory helped the Tors overcome a couple of special efforts by Lafayette High on Friday night.
Guillory ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns as Sulphur held on for a 42-35 victory over the Lions, who recovered a pair of onside kicks in the loss.
“Our quarterback (Byron Walker) also ran well, and the threat of that and the pass game eventually loosened some things up for us offensively,” Sulphur coach Jeff Wainwright said.
The score was even at 21-all in the fourth quarter when an 18-yard touchdown scamper by Walker put the Tors ahead for good 28-21 with 10:57 remaining. Following a Lafayette punt, Guillory sprinted 49 yards for a score to widen the gap. He followed that on the Tors’ next possession with a 55-yard touchdown run that enabled Sulphur to double up the Lions at 42-21.
“We did some good things to get back in the game, but you have to take advantage and come up with points,” Lafayette coach Jay Domengeaux said. “You can’t key in on one guy with Sulphur. You can’t lock in on one because as soon as you do that, they can hurt you.”
The first half started with Sulphur (5-3, 4-1) racing out to a 13-0 advantage in a matter of four minutes on the strength of a pair of rushing touchdowns — one by Walker (29 yards) and another by Guillory (3 yards). Lafayette fumbled on its first play from scrimmage following the opening kickoff, which contributed to the early deficit.
“We had some things go wrong and we gave (the Tors) the opportunity to get on the board first,” Domengeaux said. “I’m hoping that it’s a sign of maturity that we didn’t panic.”
The Lions (4-4, 1-4) managed to close the gap when quarterback Tre Celestine teamed up with receiver Jaylon Price on a 25-yard trip to the end zone. Lafayette recovered an onside kick, but a missed field goal kept the tally at 13-7.
Lafayette took its only lead of the night when Trevin Kelly scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter. The teams traded a couple of more scores to account for a 21-21 deadlock at the break.
However, the Tors gradually started to get pressure up the middle on Celestine in the second half. After Sulphur grabbed the lead 28-21, the Tors got a pair of sacks on the next possession, which set the stage for Guillory’s pair of scoring runs.
A Celestine keeper for a touchdown, a second onside kick recovery by the Lions and another touchdown catch by Price put the final score on the board with four minutes left.