In a football game that featured a fabulous finish — and a near-brawl afterward — No. 11 Bryan Station outlasted No. 16 Lafayette 41-34 Thursday night.
Host Lafayette, behind the gutsy play of sophomore quarterback Walker Wood, rallied from a 34-14 deficit late in the third quarter to tie Bryan Station 34-34.
Wood, who ran 29 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns, got his last score on a 2-yard sneak with 0:28 left to tie it 34-34. But Bryan Station's Mahari Sturgis rushed in and blocked the extra-point attempt.
The Defenders could have been down after blowing the big lead, but C.J. Walker kept them up by returning the ensuing kickoff 56 yards to the Lafayette 17.
After a first-down incompletion, Andre Davis fired a TD pass to Marcus Floyd in the back right corner of the end zone with 0:07 left.
"I knew when we got down there we had a chance to win because our receivers are awesome," Davis said.
"It was a fade route, and Marcus had a one-on-one. He made a big-time play. That's with all our receivers. They all make big-time plays."
Bryan Station Coach Frank Parks said Davis "made a heck of a throw, and Marcus did a heck of a job getting his feet down."
Davis, a junior quarterback, was clutch all night.
He completed 17 of 28 passes for 342 yards and five TDs. He had no interceptions.
He also ran 19 times for 74 yards, keeping plays alive with his quick feet.
Walker was sensational, even before his kickoff return in the closing minute. Walker had five catches for 160 yards and a TD. In the last three games against Lafayette, Walker has 14 receptions for 444 yards and four TDs.
Tequan Claitt and Devon Key also had TD catches.
Sturgis, who made the big block on the PAT, led Bryan Station's defense with 10 tackles. Key had nine.
Wood looked like Johnny Manziel for Lafayette. He had a so-so night throwing the ball — he completed seven of 22 passes for 146 yards — but he was a dynamo running.
His 46-yard scoring run early in the second half gave a hint of what was to come.
Evan Shaw and DeVon Quincy combined for 13 tackles to lead the Generals' defense.
The game was sloppy and chippy throughout.
Both teams had players ejected — Bryan Station lineman Mikel Horton and Lafayette receiver Lucky Jackson.
Bryan Station was penalized 17 times for 149 yards. Lafayette was flagged 11 times for 112 yards.
The hotly contested finish only fed the intensity after the game, when some of the players, some of the coaches and even some of the fans swarmed the field, exchanging taunts.
It could have gotten ugly, but the coaches did a good job, for the most part, keeping the sides apart.
BRYAN STATION 41, LAFAYETTE 34
Bryan Station 20 7 7 7—41
Lafayette 7 0 14 13—34
BS—Tequan Claitt 13 pass from Andre Davis (Anthony Lopez kick). BS—D'Andre Mack 2 run (Lopez kick). BS—Marcus Floyd 16 pass from Davis (Lopez). L—Walker Wood 1 run (Colton Duprey kick). BS—C.J. Walker 80 pass from Davis (??). L—Wood 46 run (Duprey kick). BS—Devon Key 8 pass from Davis (Lopez kick). L—Wood 1 run (Duprey kick). L—Wood 11 run (Duprey kick). L—Wood 2 run (kick blocked). BS—Floyd 17 pass from Davis. (Lopez kick).
Records--Bryan Station 4-2; Lafayette 4-3.