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BLOG: Commodores blank Charleston

CHARLESTON — Will Ard threw for a touchdown and Tyrell Price ran for another to back another stout performance from the defense as Lafayette rolled past Charleston, 26-0, in its final tuneup for region play Friday in Charleston.

Ard started the scoring with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Williams midway through the first quarter, and the Commodores (5-1) methodically tacked on throughout. Price pieced together his fifth straight 100-yard night on the ground but took a while to get going against an athletic Tiger defense.

Price racked up 122 of his 161 yards after halftime on just four carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run that ended his night with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. His 14 carries were the second-fewest he’s had all season after combining to carry 86 times in the previous three games.

Jamarcus Quarles’ 18-yard scoring scamper with 3:10 remaining put an exclamation point on Lafayette’s first shutout. Charleston (4-2), the defending Class 3A North Half champion, averaged 33.8 points over its first five games, but the Tigers’ attempts to get their outside running game going with their pair of mobile quarterbacks wasn’t successful against the Commodores’ speed.

Lafayette limited the Tigers to 2 yards a carry and bottled up quarterbacks Tre Truly and Ahmad Alexander for 5 yards on the ground. The duo combined to complete just six passes for just 43 yards.

Quarles finished with 64 yards on 10 carries and has 119 yards in the last two weeks after not getting a carry in the first four games. The Commodores marched inside Charleston’s 15-yard line on two other occasions but settled for 31- and 19-yard field goals from Robbie Langley.

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