SULPHUR — Lake Charles College Prep is known for stretching the field with long passes, but the Trailblazers had different plans Thursday night at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Dillon Simon continually hit his receivers on short routes to lead LCCP team to a 21-18 win over the Sulphur Tors, its first against a Class 5A school.
Simon had 211 yards by halftime and two touchdowns and finished with 269 yards on 20 for 25 passing and scored a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
On LCCP’s first drive, Simon hit Solomon Lewis for a 10 yards and Jaylen Joseph for a 45-yard gain, but Joseph fumbled on the play. But it didn’t take long for the Trailblazers to get the ball back and Joseph made up for the fumble with a 26-yard touchdown reception for a 7-0 lead with 8:22 left in the first quarter.
With 2:28 left in the first quarter, Simon tossed a 15-yard pass to Solomon Lewis to put the Trailblazers up 14-7.
After struggling against Barbe at the SPOT Therapy/Billy Navarre Jamboree last week, LCCP’s defense forced the Tors to turn the ball over on downs on their first possession and to punt from their own end zone on the second. LCCP held Sulphur to 111 yards of total offense in the first half.
Sulphur tied the score at 7-7 with 5:23 left in the first half on a 25-yard pass from Jacob Clark to Gavin Elliott.
The Tors reached LCCP 10-yard line late in the second quarter with a chance to tie the score but lost 12 yards on two plays and missed a field goal attempt.
Sulphur had another chance to tie the score late in the third quarter, but had to settle for a 42-yard Khory Bourdoin field goal to cut LCCP’s lead to 14-10.
Orenthal Lewis led the Trailblazers’ ground game with 11 carries for 72 yards and Trevonte Citizen added 66 yards on nine carries. Joseph finished with a game-high 120 yards on seven reception and Solomon Lewis added 66 yards on six catches.
Sophomore quarterback Tag Stelly led the Tors on a late-scoring drive with a 20-yard pass to Gavin Elliott to cut LCCP’s lead to 21-18 with 36 seconds left after a 2-point conversion pass to Jack Bouni. Elliott caught four passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Sulphur’s defense forced three turnovers. Defensive lineman Chaz Schrumpf and linebacker Jace Dufresne recovered a pair fumbles in the first half and safety Wesley Welch intercepted Simon in the end zone with 7:40 left in the game but the Tors couldn’t turn any of them into points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
LCCP14007 — 21
Sulphur7038 — 18
P: Jaylen Joseph 26 pass from Dillon Simon (Javen Louis kick)
S: Gavin Elliot 25 pass from Jacob Clark (Hayden Habetz kick)
P: Solomon Lewis 16 pass from Simon (Javen Louis kick)
S: FG Khory Bourdoin 42
P: Simon 5 run (Louis kick)
S: Elliot 20 pass from Tag Stelly (Jack Bouni pass from Stelly)
RUSHING — Lake Charles College Prep: Orenthal Lewis 11-72, Trevonte Citizen 11-66, Jaylen Joseph 2-28, Lazarius Stevenson 1-7. Sulphur: Dylan McFarlain 19-78, Tag Stelly 7-32, Jacob Clark 7-20.
PASSING — Lake Charles College Prep: Simon 20-25-1—269. Sulphur: Clark 3-4-0—41, Stelly 4-5-0—36.
RECEIVING — Lake Charles College Prep: Glynn Johnson 4-56, Solomon Lewis 7-64, Jaylen Joseph 7-120, Dkylin Coleman 1-17, Keshlon Jackson 1-8. Sulphur: Gavin Elliot 4-53, Braylen Walker 2-27.