HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Southern blast Lafayette, 37-6

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Sep. 10—Nathan Hutchinson

The Eagles turned the ball over three times — two fumbles and an interception — in the first half on Friday against Lafayette (0-4) in Lexington.

They scored, however, on every other possession.

Madison Southern (1-3) raced out to a 30-point halftime lead and rolled to a 37-6 win over the Generals. The Eagles out-gained Lafayette, 437-114, including a 277-83 advantage on the ground.

Juan Rodriquez had 164 yards rushing with a touchdown, Cade Sullivan also had more than 100 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Ethan Moore caught a pair of TD passes. Ethan Woods was 7-of-17 for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

The win snapped Southern's seven-game losing streak and gave Mark Payne his first victory as a head coach.

Rodriquez scored on a 54-yard run in the first quarter to put Southern in front and Sullivan followed with a 58-yard touchdown run just two minutes later.

In the second quarter, Moore had TD catches of 33 and 54 yards. Jayshawn Ethridge had a 33-yard TD catch in the third quarter.

Lafayette scored an 8-yard run with 24 seconds left in regulation, denying the Eagles their first shutout in more than six years.

The Eagles had just 11 first downs, but averaged 11.2 yards a play (437 on 39 snaps). Lafayette had only six first downs, one of which came on a penalty.

Moore had two catches for 87 yards. Ethridge had two catches for 35 yards. Rylan Gorman had one catch for 31 yards.

Preston Williams had 4.5 tackles for Southern, including three tackles-for-loss.

The Eagles are set to return to action Friday at home against Pulaski County (3-1).