Savannah powers past St. Joseph Lafayette
By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Savannah’s potential blowout nearly went awry late in the second quarter Friday night.
After putting up 21 straight points on Lafayette, the Savages suddenly gave up a long run that led to a touchdown then immediately committed a turnover. Another Fighting Irish touchdown suddenly sliced Savannah’s advantage to seven with 1 minute, 30 seconds left before halftime.
Limping into the break, Savannah regrouped, and Preston Bailey’s interception to open the second half led to another 21 unanswered in a 42-14 victory at Savage Field.
“We knew we were up; we knew to come out and play like we did in the beginning of the first half (and) we’d come out on top,” said Savannah wide receiver Blake Deal, who had five catches for 117 yards including a 55-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. “It’s instinct for us to win.”
Lafayette quarterback D’Treal Stone threw the interception to Bailey on the first play of the second half, trying to find Cody Massey behind the defense.
Instead, the junior signal-caller tried to zip the pass instead of putting air under this throw to lead Massey into the unoccupied space downfield. Two plays later, Deal snared a pass for 21 yards while fighting off pass interference on Lafayette cornerback Tyler Burgess.
Deal’s only catch of the second half put the Savages on Lafayette’s 6, and two plays later, Savannah quarterback Tyler Wilt bowled in on a sneak from 1 yard out.
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