Lafayette didn't give its best effort Friday night, but the Generals did enough things right to defeat visiting Campbell County 35-21 in the opening round of the Class 6A football playoffs.
The 16th-ranked Generals (8-3) will face Simon Kenton in next week's second round.
"If I gave it a grade, it's a C," Coach Eric Shaw said of his Generals. "We have to do a better job early in the game, especially in the playoffs because records don't mean anything at that time."
"The first half we looked a little slow, and then we came out knowing that we had to get to the next game," said Mason Alstatt, who ran for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for another. "So we came out more aggressive and just shut them out."
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Lafayette led 15-14 at halftime.
Campbell County (6-5) struck first, taking the opening kickoff and marching 70 yards in 12 plays, capped by an 11-yard TD pass from Carson Plessinger to Eric Bingham.
An interception by Javarus Blair set up Lafayette for a go-ahead touchdown, which came on a 40-yard run by quarterback Walker Wood.
The Generals lined up to kick the PAT, but when a Campbell County penalty moved the ball to the 1, the Generals went for two. Alstatt did the honors, bursting over right tackle for an 8-7 lead with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Camels recaptured the lead, 14-8, on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Gray to Gabe Kremer.
Gray was at quarterback because Plessinger went down with an injury earlier in the series.
Lafayette had an answer for that, though, scoring with 45.2 seconds left in the half. Alstatt got the TD on a hard 9-yard run.
"Throughout this year we've been a second-half team," Alstatt said. "The first half hasn't been that great. So I think that's kind of what happened to us. We came out the second half and kind of put it to them."
Shaw's halftime adjustments dealt mostly with attitude.
"We just needed to come out and play," he said. "And not get caught up that it's a playoff game, worrying about what the other team's doing, worrying about referees. We just need to go play and have fun."
The Generals took the cue and ran with it.
Passed with it, actually.
Four scrimmage plays into the second half, Wood hooked up with Lucky Jackson for a 65-yard touchdown strike. The PAT was blocked, leaving Lafayette with a 21-14 lead.
Alstatt came up with a fumble recovery late in the third quarter.
Next play, Wood and Jackson connected on a screen play for a 76-yard gain to the Camels' 4-yard line.
Alstatt eventually ran the ball into the end zone from 3 yards out.
The score stayed 28-14 until only 22 seconds remained, when Campbell's Eli Matthews scored on an 8-yard run.
The Camels tried an onsides kick, but Alstatt returned the ball 53 yards for a touchdown.