Matt Britt's grit has reflected the resiliency of Lafayette's football team this year.
The senior quarterback and the Generals have faced a blitz of adversity, but here they are still alive in the playoffs.
Lafayette visits Scott County in the Class 6A quarterfinals Friday night.
Several times over the past three months the Generals looked like long shots to reach the third round of the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
But they've delivered when it's counted the most. Two weeks ago they beat North Hardin for their first post-season victory in seven years, and last Friday they knocked off host Meade County in overtime.
"We've had some bumps in the road, but the kids kept believing in themselves, each other and the program," Lafayette first-year coach Carl Hayden said.
Britt wasn't sure he'd even get on the field when he suffered a knee injury during conditioning in late July.
"It scared me to death at first," he said. "I was afraid I wouldn't get a chance to play my senior year."
The early prognosis was that Britt could return to game action by mid-September.
Instead, he took several snaps in late August against Central, and was back as the starter against Mercer County the third week of the season.
Britt credited his teammates for speeding up his rehabilitation.
"Every day in practice they kept telling me to keep my head up, that I'd get a chance to play again," he said.
"I couldn't have done it without them."
Lafayette had to overcome setbacks as a team, too.
It opened the season with heartbreaking losses to Tates Creek and Central. The Generals could have won both games if they had made plays in the closing seconds.
"In hindsight, I wouldn't change a thing," Hayden said. "Losing like that helped us character-wise. It got us ready for adverse situations the rest of the year."
Britt's return sparked a three-game winning streak that ended with a close loss to Henry Clay.
On Oct. 1, Lafayette finally got to play for the first time in its new stadium. But it had to face 4A champ Boyle County. The festive night turned into a miserable 34-0 defeat.
The Generals picked themselves up, however, and have won four of their past five games.
The loss was to Scott County, 47-20, on Lafayette's senior night.
Now, four weeks later, the Generals get a rematch.
"We made our own mistakes the first time," Britt said. "If we play like we're capable, we'll have a good shot at beating them."
Britt is the triggerman of a balanced Lafayette offense. He's thrown for 1,547 yards and 16 touchdowns. His favorite targets are Tanner Napier and Nick Jeter, who have 76 catches, 1,400 yards and 16 TDs between them.
Bubba Johnson has rushed for 1,093 yards and 15 TDs.
Justin Carr, Trey Benson and Shamon Brown lead the Generals' defense, which will have to contain Scott County's option ground attack.
Lafayette has had success against the Cardinals in recent years. Last season the Generals beat Scott County 22-21 in overtime. They also prevailed in 2006, '05 and '03.
Hayden said he won't have to do anything to get Lafayette mentally prepared.
"We had a tough game against Scott County a few weeks ago," he said. "The kids want to redeem themselves, and that's motivation enough."