Comeaux’s Javier Harson kicked a go-ahead 27-yard field goal against Lafayette High with 5:49 to go in the game and the Spartans defense – led by senior Zylon Paul — closed the 31-29 win out on Friday night.
After Lafayette High converted a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter to take a one-point lead, Comeaux coach Eric Holden said he told his team not to panic.
“I told them don’t worry about one score,” Holden said. “I knew we could do it. I knew we were prepared, and I knew we could get it done.”
Comeaux’s Sean Malveaux led his team downfield into field range. Javier Harson lined up the 27-yard field goal and booted it through.
The Comeaux defense then took the field and ended the Mighty Lions’ comeback attempt. Zylon Paul had two key stops in the backfield on the final possession, and the Spartans ran the clock out on offense.
Back and forth
Lafayette High held a 21-14 lead at halftime and, if not for a costly Comeaux turnover, the game would probably have been tied. Comeaux did tie the game heading into the fourth quarter on a Treyven Paddio 3-yard touchdown run.
Paddio finished with 73 yards rushing and a score while Malveaux passed for 278 yards. Standout receiver Alex Linzer had one catch, but it was a 74-yard touchdown.
“Everyone told me we couldn’t win a football game if (Linzer) didn’t catch every football,” Holden said. “He had one catch tonight – and it was a big one.
“Then everyone else caught balls and we ran the ball. Paddio was spectacular and our quarterback was lights out. Sean took control of this game and ran it like a seasoned vet.”
It wasn’t just Paul who stepped up on defense. Tawasky Williams had several key stops late in the fourth quarter, and the defensive front stymied the Lafayette running game. Holden gave credit to his coaching staff for their work and preparation.
“I cannot say enough about this coaching staff,” Holden said “For three weeks in a row, this defense was prepared as any defense I’ve ever coached, and they are playing tremendous football. Our coaching staff is doing an outstanding job.”
Emotions running high
The Comeaux postgame celebration was the most it's been in some time. Holden credited his players for taking part in what he said he feels is something special.
“God has blessed us, and the kids are buying in,” Holden said. “Change isn’t easy and these kids are doing something that even a lot of adults have trouble doing —changing how they view the world and how things should be done. They are abandoning the old ways and adopting new ones, and that isn’t always easy. They’re growing by leaps and bounds, and that is what I am so proud of.”