Cougars taking on the champs

By Kevin Eckleberry

August 27, 2014

Challenges don’t come much greater than this.

After an impressive season-opening win over Shiloh Hills on Aug. 15, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars will take on the champs this week.

Holy Ground, which won the eight-man Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama championship a year ago, will host Lafayette Christian on Friday.

A victory would not only put the Cougars at 2-0 on the young season, it would also let them know they can beat anybody in their league.

Holy Ground beat Lafayette Christian in the regular season last year.

“We feel like it’s a good week for us to see where we measure up,” Lafayette Christian coach Nick Nehring said. “We have our goals we’re looking forward to accomplishing, but this is a good team to see where we’re at right now.”

Holy Ground figures to be in the championship mix again this year with most of the players returning.

“I think he graduated three guys off of that team, but he had a lot of juniors that are back,” Nehring said. “They’re big, and that gave us some problems last year. Physically on the line of scrimmage they gave us problems. Part of it was we made some mistakes. At the same time, they were a good team, and they’ll be a good team this year, too.”

The Cougars have already avenged one of their losses from a year ago.

Lafayette Christian lost to Shiloh Hills in the 2013 season opener, but the rematch was a wildly different story.

The Cougars scored 42 points in the first half on the way to a 55-14 victory.

Senior quarterback Matt Brown, who is in his fourth season as a starter, had a big game with four touchdown runs, and he threw a pair of scoring passes to Sam Marshall.

Seth Horton and Aaron Dixon also had scoring runs, and Jess Hill led the defensive effort with 11 tackles.

“We’ve got one game under our belt, so we saw the things we wanted to work on in practice,” Nehring said. “We want to see how that pays off Friday night.”

The Cougars didn’t have a game last week, and Nehring said the team had a pair of productive practices this week before taking Wednesday off.

“We tried to have a real physical day on Tuesday, and that was good,” Nehring said. “I was really pleased with that. I think all of us as coaches were pleased. Hopefully (today) we can kind of put everything together, polish it up and get on the bus Friday.”