St. Joe Lafayette flies past North Kansas City
By Thomas Huitt-Johnson The St. Joseph News-Press
For most of Lafayette’s game against North Kansas City, quarterback Drew Cortez looked like he was behind the controls of a video game.
The senior nailed touchdown throws of 34, 31, 15 and a pair of 14-yarders to push the Fighting Irish past the Hornets 50-20 Friday night at North Kansas City District Stadium. Cortez was equally great guiding the Irish into position on each drive, at one point facing a 1st-and-51. He simply hit Terry Ford for 38 yards, then Chester Goudeau caught consecutive passes, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to open the third quarter.
For the night, Cortez was 16 of 24 for 340 yards and the five scores. His targets helped too.
Preston Martin opened the game with a 34-yard vertical route that went for six with 4 minutes, 32 seconds to play in the first quarter. After the Class 4 Irish defense stood pat against the Hornets’ run-heavy offense, Cortez nailed Martin again — this time from 14 yards out to go up 14-0.
Shortly afterward, Class 5 North Kansas City cut the lead in half on its most impressive drive of the night.
Starting running back Damon Whitmill went down with a knee injury, forcing quarterback Fasil Kassahun to handle most the carries. He delivered, rushing for a 26-yarder on the next play to give the Hornets a little momentum. He wound up in the end zone on an 8-yard carry midway through the second quarter.
Lafayette answered. Cortez saw Martin open from 14 yards out across the middle and easily put the ball on target. That marked the score 20-7 just before halftime. The Irish kept at it in the second half, marching 70 yards on the opening drive to go on top 28-7 that finished with Goudeau’s 15-yard score.
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