Lau­sanne’s Gray scores 2 TDs in last home game

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports - Khari Thomp­son Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

Lau­sanne beat ECS 35-14 in the DIIAA quar­ter­fi­nals on Fri­day, ad­vanc­ing to a semi­fi­nal matchup with Nashville's Christ Pres­by­te­rian Academy.

Lau­sanne's win­ning streak now stands at 38 games, the 10th-long­est in the coun­try ac­cord­ing to MaxPreps. Tues­day will mark three years since Lau­sanne,'s last loss on Nov. 13 2015. St. Ge­orge's won that game 42-10.

The Lynx (11-0) quickly jumped out to a 20-0 lead be­hind two first-half Eric Gray touch­down runs and a quar­ter­back sneak from Sky For­rest.

Lau­sanne gave up a pair of 2-yard touch­down runs to ECS' Austin Hill — one right be­fore the half and one in the third quar­ter. It looked like the game was go­ing to stay close, like the Lynx's 42-34 Sept. 28 vic­tory over ECS (9-3).

"We knew it was go­ing to be a tough game. It's hard to beat good foot­ball teams twice in the same sea­son. It's hard to make ad­just­ments af­ter the first game when they've had a chance to see you and go against you," said Lau­sanne coach Kevin Lo­cas­tro.

But then, Lau­sanne's Erek Campbell blocked a punt, set­ting up a 4-yard touch­down catch from Jay­lon John­son. The Lynx re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down with just eight sec­onds re­main­ing.

Gray, a Michi­gan com­mit­ment, fin­ished with two touch­downs in his fi­nal home game, push­ing his state ca­reer record to 137.

"We wanted to leave a big legacy and we wanted to win our last game at home," said Gray.

The Lynx will travel to Nashville for their match-up with CPA (12-0), and will play the state cham­pi­onship game in Cookeville if they win.

CPA cruised to vic­tory in its first two play­off games, win­ning a quar­ter­fi­nal match-up with St. Ge­orge's 49-7 and beat­ing Univer­sity School of Jack­son in the first round.

Lau­sanne beat Good­pas­ture 62-28 in the first round last week.

CPA fea­tures four-star line­backer Kane Pat­ter­son, a Clem­son com­mit­ment who is ranked sev­enth in the state, ac­cord­ing to 247Sports. That rank­ing has Eric Gray right be­hind him at No. 8.

"I'm look­ing for­ward to it. He's a great guy. I love play­ing the best of the best," said Gray of the match-up with Pat­ter­son. "When you play the best of the best, you see where you are at and how you com­pare."

Last year, CPA lost in the semi­fi­nals to Notre Dame, which Lau­sanne beat 4113 in the state cham­pi­onship game.

"I'm ex­pect­ing it to be a very sim­i­lar game like it was tonight," Lo­cas­tro said. "Both (ECS coach) Jonas (Ro­driguez) and (CPA coach) In­gle Martin were team­mates, Ricky Bow­ers dis­ci­ples. They both kind of run the same things on both sides of the ball. It's the same kind of foot­ball. We're ex­pect­ing more of the same Fri­day night."

Lau­sanne's Eric Gray runs in for a touch­down against Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian School dur­ing their game at Lau­sanne on Fri­day. JOE RONDONE/THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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