Bob Ryan Blog – Week 7 – SLUH stuns Lafayette

SLUH stuns Lafayette

The St Louis U High Jr Bills (2-4) upended the Lafayette Lancers (5-2) 17-14 with a late FG in a nonconference game. The scoring began on the first drive of the game. Lafayette’s QB Evan Scales, who ran the ball brilliantly all night long, scrambled for 29 yards for one big play. The TD pass was the result of Scales scrambling again but pulling up and throwing a bomb to a wide open Corey Manne for a 30 yard strike. The PAT, 25th consecutive of the year by Jake Reynolds, made it 7-0. The scored remained 7-0 to half as each team put up strong defensive play. The 3rd quarter was all offense. On the 1st play from scrimmage, Michael Hall bolted over the left side, outraced everyone and tied the game 7-7 on his 81 yard TD. Coming right back on the next drive, the Lancers moved the ball impressively and consistently right down the field in a drive that took over 5 minutes with a 5 yard play-action pass from Scales to Justin Perry giving Lafayette back the lead 14-7 when Reynolds kept his perfect string of PAT’s intact with his 26th of the year. SLUH answered on its next drive as QB Sam Sykora hit Marcus Ramspott for a key 1st down on a 29 yard pass. Three plays later, Sykora rolled right, and threw back to his left.  A long deep pass that found David Jackson a step behind the secondary for a 48 yard TD pass that tied the game again at 14-14. The 4th quarter saw both teams giving the opponents a long field. Usually the offense could move the ball for a first down or so and then punt it back. Late in the QB, the Lancers got bottled up deep in their own end and were forced to punt. SLUH took over in mid-field with just over 3 minutes remaining. After a running first down by Michael Hall, the Jr Bills faced a 3rd & long. Sam Sykora hit Marcus Ramspott, who made a diving catch at the 9 yard line.  On 4th down, Jacob Cox drilled home the FG (which was almost identical to a PAT) to give SLUH a 17-14 lead. It wasn’t over!  Lafayette took the next kickoff and without any timeouts moved the ball from deep in their own end down to the 35. With 8 seconds left, Jake Reynolds 42 yard attempt was blocked. However, it still wasn’t over! Since the ball had not passed the Line of scrimmage and it was recovered by Lafayette, they were still in possession of the ball. Reynolds next attempt from 49 yards with 3 seconds left was long but not quite long enough and fell just short. Michael Hall was named the Lions Choice 212 Athlete of the Game for his outstanding running performance of over 180 rushing. Evan Scales (Lafayette) earned the Custom Graphics Standout Player of the Game Award for his scintillating running from the QB spot. Click here for the game

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