On Monday, sophomore Jackson Compton learned he’d be making his first start as Lafayette’s quarterback in just four days.
In the aftermath of a 32-10 win against Cameron on Friday at Scott Marriott Field at Alumni Stadium, which featured four touchdowns from the sophomore righty, Compton left the field drenched from a Gatorade bath and showering of congratulations from his teammates.
“I was definitely nervous. I was shaking the first drive,” Compton said. “I came out, and they just told me to keep my head up and stay confident. That’s what I did, and we got it done.”
Compton started in place of senior quarterback Jaron Saunders, who has emerged as one of the statistically best signal callers in the state his final season. But Saunders suffered a hand injury last week against Chillicothe that proved to hinder him to start the week, prompting the move to Compton. Saunders watched with a headset from the coaches box but helped all week long in prepping the new man under center.
“Jaron was our quarterbacks coach. He was a great leader in the locker room, on the field, helping him out,” Lafayette coach Ryan Shroyer said. “Jaron is a phenomenal leader and a phenomenal player.”
Compton did his job early, connecting on a pair of touchdown passes to Kingston Oliver and Xaviar Cary to go with a score from Kaden Lippold, leading to a 19-10 halftime lead.
“It was a lot of pressure coming in, a lot of nerves, but Jaron got me ready all week. Everybody believed in me,” Compton said. “I couldn’t have done it with them. I owe it all to them.