St. Joe Lafayette comes back to top Smithville
By Andy Meyer The Smithville Herald
Even after trailing most of the game, Drew Cortez never stopped believing.
The Lafayette sophomore quarterback had heard about all the crazy finishes in recent years between his Fighting Irish and Smithville, and he decided to add a thrilling chapter to the book. Fueled by a spectacular running game, the Fighting Irish staged a blistering comeback Friday during a 33-23 victory against Smithville at Alumni Stadium.
Cortez was a big part of the comeback effort that helped Lafayette bounce back from its first defeat last week against Savannah.
“We had faith. We never gave up,” Cortez said. “We never give up.”
Lafayette (4-1, 2-1 MEC) scored 27 points in the second half, including the last 20 of the game in a clash that featured momentous conference and district implications.
For two teams that put up great defensive numbers through the first month of the season, the clash of top-tier MEC teams included nearly 900 yards of total offense. And more than half of those came from two outstanding running backs — Smithville’s Zach Parmenter and Jurrell Green of Lafayette.
Parmenter racked up 312 yards on 31 carries, while Green tallied 221 on just 12 rushes. Both had three touchdowns, but Green’s final score was the biggest.
In the final minute of a wild third quarter, Green took a handoff from Cortez, juked a handful of Smithville defensive backs and scampered 92 yards down the field to give the Irish a 26-23 lead, their first advantage. Green also scored on a hook-and-ladder play in the first quarter and set a new personal best on a night when Lafayette piled up 362 rushing yards.
Story courtesy of the St. Joseph News-Press
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