Southeast moves to 5-0 with win over LaFayette
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)