St. Joe Lafayette pounds Chillicothe

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 29, 2012 - 7:27 AM

Lafayette nearly turned back-to-back Chillicothe fumbles into a game-over scenario midway through the second half. Chillicothe nearly cut the lead to a manageable deficit just minutes later.

On Friday night, host Lafayette romped to a comfortable 44-7 victory despite a host of missed opportunities.

The Fighting Irish turned three possessions that started inside Chillicothe’s 20 into just seven points, yet they took a 30-point bulge into the halftime break. Lafayette running back Kenny Grant then returned the second half’s opening kickoff for a score to start a running clock that remained in effect for the entire third quarter and most of the fourth.

The dominant showing punctuated Lafayette’s third straight win against historic power Chillicothe, a first in the schools’ long-running series.

“That’s the challenge right now is keeping guys, every game, getting better,”said Lafayette coach Paul Woolard, who saw his team improve to 5-1 overall, 3-1 in MEC play. “It’s going to be taking care of the little things. The details are what have hurt us.”

Chillicothe (1-5, 1-3) controlled the ball for much of the first half but not the scoreboard.

Lafayette 16-0 early in the second quarter when the first missed opportunity struck. Sophomore safety Preston Martin — starting in place of injured senior standout D’Treal Stone (knee) — tackled Chillicothe punter Zach Alperin at the Hornets’ 13 after the long snap on fourth down went wide right and forced him to hold onto the ball rather than kick it away.

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