ORLANDO — Another week, another big night offensively for the Lafayette High football team.
Buoyed by the Hornets’ first defensive score of the year as well as the third shutout of the season and its second straight, LHS topped 40 points for the fourth time in five games with a 41-0 win at Central Florida Christian Academy on Friday.
Oh, and Lafayette star quarterback Jaxson Beach set another school record, the second in two weeks.
“It’s crazy,” LHS coach Mark Beach said of the defensive success, adding senior Mark Crum was injured in practice last week and the Hornets then lost Gabe Hancock to an injury early Friday night. “We’re pretty banged up.
“But coach (Tim) Hanson and those guys are doing a good job of putting them in positions to make plays.”
In addition to registering it second straight shutout — the first time since 2008 when LHS blanked Branford, Jefferson County and Hilliard in succession that the Hornets have blanked consecutive foes — Lafayette’s defense got into the scoring column as well.
Sophomore Garrison Beach intercepted an Eagles’ pass and returned it 45 yards for a score.
It was one of two touchdowns for Garrison Beach as he also hauled in one of his brother’s five TD passes too. Garrison Beach had four catches for 49 yards.
Jaxson Beach, a two-time All-State quarterback, completed 18 of 27 passes for 321 yards. That was good enough to push Beach past former LHS star Brycen Lee for the most passing yards in school history with 5,926 yards for his career. Lee threw for 5,915 from 2012-14. Last week, Beach passed Lee for career passing touchdowns and has now moved that mark to 74.
His top target against CFCA was Nic’Kel Freeman, who had seven receptions for 173 yards and one score. Five of the six LHS receivers that caught passes scored as Kobie Osteen, Adam Perry and Craig Lamb all reached the end zone.
The Hornets also switched things around a bit offensively, moving Montae Gillyard to receiver and utilizing Mario Thomas at running back. Thomas rushed for 96 yards on just eight carries.
“It was a hostile environment, especially with the long trip down there,” Mark Beach said about the win. “We played really well.”
And now the Hornets have a pretty big game to prepare for with a trip to Branford on Friday for the battle for “The Helmet.” LHS has won the past nine meetings in the rivalry series.
“We’re really excited about that,” Mark Beach said about playing Branford. “We know they’re going to be big and physical and we’re excite about facing that. It’s going to be a huge challenge.”