TALLAHASSEE — Combining for more than 1,300 yards of offense, Maclay used a second-quarter push to surge of visiting Lafayette on Friday night, knocking off the unbeaten Hornets.
The Marauders scored the final two scores of the first half to seize the lead and pulled away in the second half for a 69-43 win. It was the most points the Hornets have ever allowed in a game in program history.
“When you’re undefeated, everybody plays you like it’s the Super Bowl,” Lafayette coach Mark Beach said. “And we didn’t play our best game and I’ll take the blame for that.”
Despite not playing its best game, the 7-1 Hornets racked up 627 yards of offense — 417 passing from quarterback Jaxson Beach, who completed 23 of 36 passes with four touchdowns — two to Nic’kel Freeman and two to Garrison Beach.
The Hornets jumped out to a 17-7 lead early before the 6-1 Marauders rallied, going up early in the second quarter before the teams traded scores with LHS grabbing its final lead 30-28 midway through the period.
Maclay, which finished with 683 yards of offense, answered right back with two touchdowns in two minutes to lead 42-30 at the break.
The Marauders then tacked on a touchdown to open the third to garner breathing room.
Brecht Heuchan completed 18 of 22 passes for 455 yards and eight touchdowns.
“We got into some bad situations,” Mark Beach said, adding an injury to Adam Perry in the first half really hurt the Hornets defensively.
“We didn’t help our cause.”
In addition to the 417 yards passing, Jaxson Beach added 182 yards and three touchdowns rushing on 29 carries, setting another LHS school record — this time for career rushing touchdowns with 454.
Freeman had 10 catches for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Garrison Beach had six receptions for 169 yards and two scores.
For Maclay, Robert Parker-Crawford had four touchdowns and 186 yards on seven receptions, while Kennan Milford had 121 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Rhyder Poppell led Maclay with 113 yards rushing, including a touchdown, while also adding 79 yards and one score receiving.
“They’re good, but they’re not 69 points good,” Mark Beach added. “It was just one of those nights. It’s hard to go undefeated.
“We’ve had three tough games in a row and that third one got us.”