Rhett Manuel Special to the Advertiser
Published 1:15 AM EST Nov 10, 2018
They’ve scored at least 46 points in every game they’ve played this season and are attempting to defend their Division IV state championship.
But somehow, Lafayette Christian head coach Trev Faulk has found a way to keep the Knights — who have seemingly done it all, and done it all pretty easily to boot — hungry and humble.
They continued that trend of winning in style Friday night, beating Houma Christian 70-6 in the first round of the playoffs.
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So, what’s in the sauce that keeps LCA focused?
It’s in the diligent work ethic and family atmosphere Faulk sets out for his team.
“We challenge them,” Faulk said. “Even when the outcome is like this, we have a standard we try to upkeep and uphold here at LCA.”
Every team stretches before the game. LCA may be the only one stretching after winning by 64 points and allowing only 43 total yards. The yardage total was only that high because of an 80-yard touchdown run in the second half.
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Stout defense has been the standard all year for the Knights (11-0). The only 21 points they’ve allowed all season were to Vermilion Catholic in a 54-21 win in Week 7.
So when that 80-yard run happened to break an LCA shutout for only the second time all season?
“We pick each other’s heads up, get to the next one, and maintain our responsibilities,” LCA defensive back Nick Picard said.
The culture began when Faulk took the job three years ago and continues to this day. It culminated with last year’s state championship, the first in school history.
“When we got here three years ago, our guys here wanted to win and be successful,” Faulk said. “It was right place, right time. We started off young and they’ve been working their tails off to get to this point.”
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That excellence continued Friday. All of LCA’s 70 points were scored before halftime, and standout running back Logan Gabriel’s 148 yards and four touchdowns came in the game’s first 13 minutes.
Not even the best coach can do it without talent and leadership. Fortunately, Faulk has talent and leadership in droves with guys like Picard, Gabriel and senior quarterback Zach Clement.
“It’s great to come to work with these guys every day,” he said. “These guys make it fun and challenging to put your best foot forward all the time.
“They only have one standard. They go full-speed and they go hard and do the right things.”
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Faulk can only hope the standard continues into December. For now, LCA’s next challenge is No. 5-seed Opelousas Catholic, who won 35-18 against Covenant Christian.
“It’s going to be a hard-fought battle,” Faulk said. “We saw them a little earlier this season on film. Knowing Coach (Thomas) David for the past few years, they do a really good job over there and it’s going to be a dog fight.”
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