The Skipstone Academy Warriors suffered a painful 21-8 loss to Lafayette Christian in their season-opening game Friday night in LaGrange.
After the Warriors cut the lead to 14-8 in the fourth quarter, Lafayette Christian returned an interception for a touchdown to clinch the game.
The pick six capped off a rough night for Skipstone, as starting quarterback Beau Harrison and backup quarterback Noah Lovelady were injured in the first quarter.
Skipstone head coach Dan Salvador said Monday that it is likely that both Harrison and Lovelady will need to have surgery.
Trailing 14-0, Salvador’s son, Brandon Salvador, who had taken over as quarterback, led the team on a scoring drive in which Salvador had a rushing touchdown and converted a two-point conversion on a running play. That cut the deficit to 14-8.
Alex Massey, who had 74 receiving yards, had two key receptions during that drive, Dan Salvador said.
Brandon Salvador later threw a pass that bounced off a receiver’s hands and was returned for a touchdown.
Brandon Salvador finished with 75 passing yards and 58 rushing yards.
Dan Salvador said his team produced a strong defensive effort and was in the game until the interception.
Warriors defensive end Wasswa Read had four sacks and Warriors defensive end Micah Hale had two sacks.
Warriors middle linebacker Garrett Smallwood had 12 tackles, including eight solo tackles, and Ethan Miller had an interception for Skipstone.