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Turnovers dog Lafayette Jeff in loss to Brownsburg
October 2, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
Brownsburg took advantage of four Lafayette Jeff turnovers, including a huge interception in the third quarter, to shut out the Bronchos 28-0 in a Hoosier Crossroads Conference football game Friday night at Scheumann Stadium.
An ankle injury cost Lafayette Jeff the services of star tailback Darian Green for more than two quarters, which seemed to slow down the Bronchos’ offense. Green came in averaging 175 yards rushing but was limited to 48 yards on nine carries.
“Obviously, when you lose someone who averages about 250 all-purpose yards for you a game, that’s going to be hard,” Jeff coach Andy Kennedy said. “In that situation, we need other guys to step up and that didn’t happen tonight.”
Green missed the second and third quarters and didn’t return until 11:18 mark of the fourth quarter. At that time, the game was still in doubt, with Brownsburg holding a 14-0 lead.
The turnover bug, though, prevented the Bronchos from making any headway. Jeff surrendered four interceptions to a Bulldog defense that had not grabbed one all season. Two came in the fourth quarter, but the biggest interception came on Jeff’s first drive of the third quarter.
Behind the play of quarterback Matt Johnson, the Bronchos used 16 plays and ate up 7:28 on the clock while moving the ball to the Bulldog 6.
Jeff opted to take points off the board when Brownsburg was called for offsides on a 35-yard field goal, allowing the Bronchos’ possession to continue.
On third-and-4 from the 6, Brownsburg defensive back Brad Guilinger intercepted Johnson in the end zone.
“That was a huge interception for us,” Brownsburg coach Brett Comer said. “It was ugly, but in the HCC on the road, we’ll take it.”
The Bronchos gave up two long touchdowns in the fourth quarter — a 53-yard run by Toks Akinribade and a 78-yard run from Devonte Allen — to seal the contest.
“Defensively overall, I thought we played a nice ballgame,” Kennedy said. “Offensively, we needed someone to make a play. We’ve been in a lot of close ballgames, but we just need someone to make a play and get us over the hump.”