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Fast start propels Lafayette Jeff to victory
October 23, 2011Lafayette Jefferson High School
Lafayette Jeff's football team took some lumps during the rugged Hoosier Crossroads Conference schedule this season.
Wanting to prove those games prepared them for the postseason, the Bronchos came out Friday and scored on their first two drives. Jeff never felt threatened in a 21-7 victory over Anderson at Scheumann Stadium.
"We knew they were 6-3 and we thought we could have a good shot at them because they hadn't had as much competition as we had throughout the whole season," said Jeff quarterback Nick Scheumann, who threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bronchos (3-7) host defending Class 5A state champion Fishers (7-3) next Friday in the sectional semifinals. Fishers defeated Jeff 42-21 on Oct. 7 in HCC play.
"I didn't think we played our A-game by any stretch of the imagination," Jeff coach Andy Kennedy said. "I think our conference certainly prepares us for this type of game."
Lafayette Jeff's defense set the tone early, forcing consecutive three-and-outs on the Indians' first two possessions. Anderson had just one first down in the opening quarter.
Meanwhile, the offense got all the points the Bronchos would need on their first two possessions.
Darian Green rushed for 23 yards on Jeff's first play from scrimmage and three plays later busted loose on the outside for a 14-yard touchdown.
"It was a huge boost of confidence," Scheumann said. "The defense got a quick three and out, and we drove down 50 yards and scored a touchdown."
On the first play of Jeff's second possession, Jonah Green hauled in a deep Scheumann pass for a 43-yard gain. Jonah Green's 4-yard TD reception capped the six-play, 71-yard drive to put the Bronchos up 14-0 with 4:21 to go in the first quarter.
Jonah Green had three catches -- all in the first half -- for 78 yards, and Darian Green rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries.
Anderson fullback Tim Boyd had a 31-yard run to set up his 1-yard TD with 6:11 to go in the second quarter for Anderson's only score. Boyd finished with a game-high 108 rushing yards.
Anderson quarterback Curtis Wilson was sacked once each by Paco Carillo, Reggie Henderson and Spenser Lee. Wilson finished 7 of 18 passing for just 46 yards.
"Our D-line did pretty good," Carillo said. "They got in there and put a lot of pressure on him."
The Bronchos got the ball back with 34.8 seconds left in the first half, up 14-7.
Scheumann completed a 31-yard pass to Matt Johnson. After a spike, Scheumann found Tim Wilson in open space and the sophomore receiver scored on an 18-yard catch and run just before halftime.
"I really thought that drive was really the difference in the ballgame," Kennedy said. "We obviously struggled on offense tonight, but we did what we needed to do."