The Lafayette Fighting Irish took home bragging rights after winning the 2019 City Jamboree Friday night.
Fans sporting green, blue and red flooded Spratt Stadium to watch the city schools compete against one another.
The Irish won both of its matches against local rivals Benton and Central.
“They put on the field what we practiced all offseason and so far this fall,” Lafayette coach Eric McDowell said. “They kept the focus and they did what we asked them to do as coaches so couldn’t be prouder.”
The jamboree kicked off with a battle between the north and south sides. Lafayette’s three touchdowns guided the Irish to an 18-12 victory over Benton.
“A lot of guys were making tackles. A lot of guys were scoring touchdowns and a lot of guys were making critical blocks,” McDowell said. “There were so many guys out there that played super well tonight.
Lafayette had no shortage of touchdowns in the second matchup against Central either.
Junior Derrick May scored the team’s first of three touchdowns against the Indians when he picked up a tipped pass from senior quarterback Daeton McGaughy.
The senior standout then found Miles Henderson wide open just minutes later. The Lafayette junior ran it straight into the endzone to give his team a 12-0 lead.
The Irish went on to win 18-0 over the Indians.
Central held that same final score in its first matchup against Benton.
Central seniors Graham Stagner and Will Austin, as well as junior Anjelo Reed, all found their way to the end zone for six points each.
“We established the line of scrimmage that’s what we really wanted to do and we wanted to take the ball away,” Central head coach Regi Trotter said. “We got a couple turnovers and we were able to run the ball pretty well.”
However, the Indians couldn’t reach the end zone when facing the Irish.
“We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. When you’re playing a good opponent it’s hard enough to beat that good opponent, especially when you’re beating yourself,” Trotter said. “We have to make sure we take care of ourselves and take care of the football.”
The Benton Cardinals saw promise in the beginning of the night when they led the Irish 12-0 after their offensive possession.
Benton junior Garrison Dydell scored all the Cardinals’ touchdowns of the night. The running back scored two touchdowns for 15 total yards.
“The kids executed at times, so we were happy with that,” Benton coach Kevin Keeton said.
The Cardinals couldn’t hold onto the lead and allowed three touchdowns against the Irish.
“We have things we did well and we have things we need to improve,” Keeton said. “We wanted to try to run some things we worked on this summer and make sure everyone had the opportunity to touch the ball.