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3 years ago by Jeff Luzadder

Lafayette Jeff overpowers Logansport

Lafayette Jeff scored on six of its seven possessions in the first half and racked up 426 yards in total offense during the game's first 24 minutes in cruising to a 56-6 North Central Conference football victory over Logansport at Scheumann Stadium Friday night.

The 56-point effort was the Bronchos' biggest offensive output this season as quarterback Devon Colonis threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the romp. Dan Ricksy caught two of the touchdowns and finished the game with six catches for 124 yards.

Defensively, Jeff coach Brian Moore said it was probably the best game his unit has played all season, limiting the Berries (1-7, 1-5 NCC) to 1 yard rushing, aided by sacking Logansport quarterback Jamie Babcock for 46 yards in losses.

"We worked our butt off on this option offense and our defense came out and flat got the job done," Moore said. "I'm so proud of them. Execution-wise, I was really pleased and this was about as good of a game as we had by far."

Sophomore Latrell Brown and senior Noah Lee carried the load on the ground for Jeff (6-2, 4-2), both rushing for more than 100 yards – Brown 137 on 11 carries and Lee 105 on eight carries and the Bronchos' offensive line imposed their will on Logansport.

"It shows just how much we've improved and how hard we've worked over the past year," said senior offensive lineman Colton Page. "We've really turned things around. Once we got a few rushing yards, our offensive line got a lot of confidence and racking up pancake blocks and it felt really good."

Defensively, the hard-rushing Bronchos defense made it difficult for Babcock and backup quarterback Brady Cripe to get anything going consistently.

Linebacker Tanner Collins, who suffered through losing seasons with the Bronchos, said the current three-game winning streak is giving Jeff a lot of momentum as it heads into the end of the regular season and the sectional.

"This feels fantastic and it's a lot better than losing," Collins said. "This just makes us want to work harder to make sure we've turned the whole (program) around."

The Bronchos jumped out to a convincing 42-6 lead in the first half, scoring three touchdowns each quarter. Colonis scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and then threw scoring passes of 11 yards to Darian Collins and 44 yards to Ricksy — all on Jeff's first three series.

"This is our first year running this offense and now that we've figured out the mistakes that we were making, we're able to correct them and we can put up 56 points now," Colonis said. "I think we can get so much better. Each week we keep getting better and better and I can't wait to see where we'll be at once sectionals start."

In the second quarter, Brown added touchdown runs of 46 and 14 yards. After Logansport scored its only touchdown on a Babcock 45-yard pass to Austin Muller, Lee finished off Jeff's last drive of the half with a 15-yard touchdown run.

"It's difficult when you're not making tackles," said Logansport coach Brad Urban. "They're fast and I don't know if we were intimidated by their speed, but we just couldn't tackle them.

"I just think we helped them out a lot. I don't know how many arm tackles they broke, but at least 20. We didn't do ourselves any favors by the way we tackled. With their speed, once they break a tackle it's tough."

Ricksy caught his second touchdown pass from Colonis, who completed 15 of 19 passes for 215 yards, and Marlon Adams scored on a 1-yard run to wrap up Jeff's scoring.

"Offensively, we've moved the ball on some really good teams coming into this game," Moore said. "I thought we clicked really well and thought we could move the ball on them."

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