St. Joe Lafayette pounds Mexico

By By Phil Irvin The St. Joseph News Press
Posted: August 24, 2012 - 11:15 PM



Identified during two-a-days as a strong suit, Lafayette's slew of backfield athletes provided Paul Woolard some instant validation Friday night.

 

Six different Fighting Irish players crossed the goal line in their season opener against Mexico. Lafayette outgained the Bulldogs by more than three lengths of the football field, and the green-clad visitors opened with a dominating 52-16 victory at Hawthorne Heights Stadium.

 

Led by fullback Travis Webster's 113 yards on five carries, Lafayette (1-0) plowed over a smaller, inexperienced Bulldogs line for 423 yards. Twelve different Irish backs ran the ball, with Webster, Kenny Grant, Jurell Green and Antwon Leonard each chalking up 61 yards or more on the ground.

They were happy to share the load.

"We look at it as we've got chemistry, basically," said Green, the top returning rusher from last year's 6-4 team. "We just work together, and we don't really care who gets the ball, as long as we're moving the chains."

That's why Woolard didn't seem too concerned this offseason with the graduation of leading rusher D'Andre Talton and fleet-footed quarterback D'Treal Stone's offseason foot injury that kept him out of Week 1 action.

"I thought we executed pretty well," said Woolard, beginning his sixth season at Lafayette. "I think we exerted our will as we got into the second quarter."

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