A year ago, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars opened their season on a down note with a one-sided loss to Shiloh Hills.
Those same two teams faced off Friday night in the 2014 season opener at the Whitesville Road stadium, and the script was reversed this time around.
The Cougars, coming off the best season in school history, rolled to a 55-14 victory to get the season started with a bang.
“It validates all of that hard work they put in during the summer, in camp,” Lafayette Christian head coach Nick Nehring said. “I think it made a difference. We were still playing, and they were tired.”
The Cougars made sure there wouldn’t be any suspense by rolling to a huge first-half lead.
With senior quarterback Matt Brown accounting for four touchdowns, the Cougars were up 42-6 at the half.
“It took us a little bit, but once we got the rhythm, we were tough,” Nehring said. “And the defense looked stout.”
Brown, back for his fourth season as the Cougars’ starting quarterback, had a huge night with four touchdown runs and a pair of scoring passes.
Both of Brown’s touchdown passes went to Sam Marshall, one in the first half, and the other in the second half.
Seth Horton and Aaron Dixon also had scoring runs for the Cougars.
Defensively, Jess Hill had a big game with a team-high 11 tackles, and Caleb Sheppard and Eli Sheppard each had seven tackles.