BLOG — SHREVEPORT, La. — Adjustments made at halftime on offense and defense ultimately led to the No. 1 Lafayette Commodores to a win over perennial power Evangel Christian Academy Saturday afternoon at Independence Stadium.Led by the running and passing of quarterback Jeremy Liggins, the Commodores (4-0 overall) overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to post a thrilling 35-34 win over the Eagles (0-2) in the first game of the inagural Battle on the Border Football Showcase. Liggins scored a rushing touchdown in the first half and then added a passing touchdown to his resume at the 8:59 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the contest at 28.
After LHS, winners of 20 games in a row now, blocked a punt with just over 5 minutes left in the game, Demarkous Dennis put the Commodores ahead for good with a 13-yard at the 4:13 mark of the fourth quarter.
Evangel was able to score a touchdown on its final drive of the contest when backup QB Trey Taylor found Trent Taylor for a 9-yard touchdown with just 20 seconds remaining in the contest. The game appeared to be headed for overtime until Evangel kicker Gerald Shouse missed the extra point wide left.
LHS recovered the onsides kickoff and was able to run out the clock preserving the dramatic come-from-behind win.
Lafayette coach Anthony Hart said he was very pleased with how his team responded away from home, on a new field and facing adverse conditions with increased expectations for the team.
“That was a good measuring stick for us right there. We gave up some plays. They had some scores they should not have had because we dropped interceptions, we roughed the punter, we helped them in the first half,” Hart said. “But the second half, the defense was lights out. We took this game because we wanted to step it up a level. We wanted to play a school like Evangel Christian. It doesn’t change us. We’re the same old guys, but other people may see us a little differently.”
For more on Lafayette’s big win over the Eagles, see Monday’s Sports section. (September 10, 2011)