BLOG: Price, defense hold off Louisville in ‘Dores’ win

Published 9:44 am Saturday, September 19, 2015

LOUISVILLE—The more-than two-hour drive did not faze the Lafayette High football team. The Commodores used a heavy dose of Tyrell Price as well as a newcomer to the backfield to dominate Louisville, 27-10, Friday night.

Lafayette (4-1) flexed its muscles on the ground game on its first possession of the game. Price carried the ball four out of the seven plays on the drive, capping it off with a 2-yard touchdown run.

Price was not finished as he found the end zone not once but two more times in the first half. He ended the night with 16 carries for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Price also caught one pass for 15 yards.

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“When we came out here, we saw how (Louisville) was set up and we went after that,” Price said.

Tay Tay Owens scored the last Lafayette touchdown with an 11-yard run to begin the second half, but it was the play of sophomore running back Jamarcus Quarles that made the biggest impact.

After having a good week at practice, Quarles had his number called 11 times and delivered for 55 yards.

Commodore quarterback Will Ard did not throw for a touchdown for the second straight game, but with Price and Owens in the backfield, it was not an issue. The junior completed 12 of 16 passes for 187 yards and one interception, his third of the year.

It was another night of stingy play by the Lafayette defense. Louisville (3-2) struggled in the first half, going three-and-out on its first three possessions. The Wildcats only crossed midfield once in the first half and only reached Lafayette’s 45-yard line when they did.

Louisville’s only points on offense came from a 27-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining by kicker Corey McCullough. It was the Wildcats’ second field goal attempt of the game after a 48-yard try was blocked earlier in the second half.

The Wildcats’ only touchdown came on defense when Ross Ingram’s pass was intercepted by Isaiah Latham, who returned it 80 yards for the pick-six.

See Sunday’s edition of the EAGLE for complete coverage from Friday’s game.