How Loyola football's Jacob Lafitte was responsible for a school-record 43 points
Loyola College Prep has a long and storied football history dating back through its name as Jesuit High School.
Up until last Friday, quarterback, free safety, punter and kicker Jacob Lafitte was slowly worming his way into the the school's record books. After his performance against Logansport, the senior is blowing the covers off many of the books at the Shreve Memorial Library.
Lafitte was 7 of 12 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 17 times for another 186 yards and three additional scores in a 61-44 victory. He converted his six point-after attempts, nailed a 28-yard field goal and had two point-after runs.
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He was responsible for 43 points, the most in Loyola/Jesuit history, and 372 total yards. In addition, he added a 62-yard punt, four touchbacks on kickoffs and three tackles from his safety position.
“I would have played 100 more quarters if I had to, but I definitely needed some good food and a lot of rest,” Lafitte said.
The previous points record was 36 held by several players including Anthony McMaster and Matt Norton from the 1960s.
Lafitte won't get a shot at a repeat performance this week against Northwood, since COVID-19 issues within the Flyers program have forced the school to forfeit the game per LHSAA rules.
Lafitte didn’t do everything in the Flyers’ victory. Colin Lirette kept him from having to hold for his own kicks and Garret Hawes was the deep snapper on kicks and punts.
“The holds and snaps were great all night,” he said. “We had a lot of guys step up and I’m not the only player going both ways. The line gave me a ton of opportunities to get into the open field as well as great blocking from my receivers.”
In addition to Taylor, who added a 56-yard punt return score, Van Van Norman added some big plays.
“So, coming out in the second half and putting a team like that away is a big confidence boost for us,” Lafitte said.
Lafitte was up at 9 a.m. Saturday, at the gym working out by 11, then rested the remainder of the day. When Lafitte walked into the halls of Loyola on Monday morning, there wasn’t a mega celebration, just a few “congrats” from the students and staff he passed in the hall. And that’s the way he wanted it.
“We still have a common goal as a team to win games and make a playoff run, so we’re just trying to keep distractions to a minimum and continue to do what we can to make that happen,” he said.
What was undoubtedly one of the best single-game performances in Shreveport-Bossier history, Lafitte is taking in stride.
“I was far from perfect. I missed guys on multiple occasions,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement, but hopefully I can do it again. As a team, we’re trying not to look back, live in the present and improve day-to-day preparing for this Friday.”
Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.