"He's just a winner," Smith said. "If everyone sees how hard he practices every single day, they would be in awe. He prepares to win Monday through Thursday and he proved that tonight."
"All we wanted to do was come out and play our game, and the coaches had a nice game plan for us," Cloud said. "This was a nice win, but everybody we play is shooting for us because we have been successful. We still have some work to do and we just have to go out and give our best effort every game."
Boyle recovered Lafayette's onside kick to begin the game and promptly went 51 yards in just six plays to score. Brandon Smith's 26-yard pass to Cloud on third down kept the drive going and Quinn Givhan ran for 14 yards to the Lafayette 11. Two plays later Smith, a junior starting at quarterback for the second year, scored standing up and Adam Dickinson tacked on the extra point to give the Rebels a 7-0 advantage less than two minutes into the contest.
Givhan and junior Danny Commarford rushed for 52 and 44 yards, respectively, during the first half and that enabled Boyle to open up its passing attack. Cloud was wide open over the middle on the third down play in part because of the Rebels' running attack.
"I was really pleased with the way our running backs ran tonight," Smith said. "They ran extremely hard, and our line did a nice job blocking for them."
The Rebels added another score late in the first period to increase their lead to 13-0. Runs of nine yards by Cloud, 14 yards from Givhan and eight more from Smith placed the ball on the Generals' 46. Smith then connected with Cloud on a perfectly thrown lob pass over the middle for the touchdown.
Boyle's defense kept Lafayette out of the end zone in the second quarter and took over on downs at its own 32.
From there the Rebels went 68 yards in 10 plays and used 4:33 off the clock to reach paydirt again. Commarford ran for 44 yards during the drive, including the final nine yards for the score. Smith passed to Cloud for the two-point conversion and a 21-0 halftime lead.
Smith was especially pleased with his defense after Lafayette reached deep in Boyle territory.
"I liked the way they tightened up and put out the fire when they made their run at us," the Boyle coach said.
The Rebels added two third-quarter scores to lead 35-0. Givhan scored from two yards out and Smith threw his second touchdown pass of the night, this time to sophomore Tyler Morris, from 17 yards out.
"It was a nice win for us. There were some good things that we did, but we also did some bad things," the Boyle coach said. "We need to score every time when we get an opportunity. We fumbled once on the one-yard line and we needed to score there. We'll go back to work next week and get ready to play Henry Clay."