Savannah tops St. Joe Lafayette

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 20, 2013 - 11:01 PM



Savannah came up with all the right answers each time a question arose Friday night.

The Savages responded with touchdowns every time they fell behind Lafayette at Alumni Stadium, and wide receiver Chase Simpson’s 34-yard touchdown grab with 2 minutes remaining provided the punctuation in a 33-26 victory.

Savannah’s biggest plays came in response to Lafayette touchdowns, helping to manufacture a critical win in a suddenly wide-open Midland Empire Conference race.

“I have faith in our team; we have faith in each other,” Savannah senior running back Johnny Weeks said.

Each team posted a kickoff return for a touchdown, penalties wiped out a pair of scores and the winning team lost the turnover battle 3-0.

Savannah’s penchant for timely big plays made the difference.

Lafayette quarterback Drew Cortez engineered a 12-play touchdown drive on the Fighting Irish’s opening possession of the second half to put the Savages down 14-11. Weeks immediately responded with a 94-yard score on a kickoff return.

After forcing a three-and-out, Savannah marched 66 yards on 11 plays, capped with a 10-yard pass from Dalton Duane to Jesse Dickens that put the Savages seemingly ahead for good at 25-14 with 10 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.

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