South­east moves to 5-0 with win over LaFayette

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Tony Maluso

The can­non fired of­ten at Raiders Sta­dium Fri­day night as South­east posted a 48-26 vic­tory over LaFayette in the Re­gion 6-AAAA opener for both schools.

Af­ter he nearly scored on a long run on the fi­nal play of the open­ing half, only to be ruled down at the 1-yard line, Lan­don Ea­ton opened the sec­ond half with an 85-yard re­turn for a touch­down. He also scored the game’s first touch­down off a 17-yard pass from Porter Johnson.

Af­ter a sec­ond touch­down pass — a 9-yarder to Zac Cole — helped lift the score to 14-0, LaFayette put to­gether its most impressive drive of the night driv­ing down the field in 13 plays.

Dakota Cathey paid it off with a 6-yard touch­down run.

But im­me­di­ately af­ter, run­ning back Chris­tian Gille­spie took cen­ter stage. The sopho­more had eight car­ries for 178 yards and three touch­downs.

South­east (5-0, 1-0) put to­gether con­sec­u­tive one-play touch­down drives sand­wiched around a LaFayette three-and­out. Gille­spie scored on runs of 57 and 31 yards.

Cole, a ju­nior tight end, had his big­gest game of the sea­son catch­ing a pair of touch­downs from Johnson in the first half.

South­east led 34-6 at half­time. Ea­ton’s kick re­turn and the en­su­ing ex­tra point made it 41-6. LaFayette put to­gether three sec­ond­half touch­downs, two runs from Chase Keith and one from Alan Hu. In the midst, Gille­spie added his third rush­ing touch­down of the night. a night that LaFayette coach Chad Fisher summed up suc­cinctly.

“We got beat,” he said. “They lined up and hit us in the mouth and we didn’t re­spond un­til late. They just made plays and we didn’t make plays when we had op­por­tu­ni­ties to.

“We didn’t ex­e­cute like we’re ca­pa­ble of ex­e­cut­ing. We didn’t do our job at times. (South­east head coach) Sean’s (Gray) got a good foot­ball team over there, they got a good squad and played well. We missed some key blocks, missed some holes, missed some tack­les. Just couldn’t put it all to­gether on a con­sis­tent ba­sis.”

For LaFayette (2-3, 0-1), Cathey rushed 18 times for 98 yards. Hu added 54 yards on 17 car­ries.

The Ram­blers will be back at home this Fri­day to take on North­west Whit­field as re­gion play con­tin­ues. South­east will travel to Her­itage for a bat­tle of the un­beat­ens. Both teams will come in at 5-0.

LaFayette run­ning back Alan Hu tries to dive be­tween a pair of South­east Whit­field de­fend­ers dur­ing Fri­day’s game in Dal­ton. Hu and the Ram­blers couldn’t find a way to get it done against the still-un­beaten Raiders, fall­ing 48-26 in the Re­gion 6-AAAA opener. (Photo by Tony Maluso/Dal­ton Daily Cit­i­zen-News)

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