St. Joe Lafayette falls to Carthage
By Rick Dunaway Special to the News-Press
Although Lafayette quarterback Drew Cortez came into Friday night’s game fresh off a five-touchdown passing performance, Carthage quarterback Alex Derryberry and his favorite receiver stole the show.
Derryberry found fellow junior Tyler Ralston for two long touchdown strikes and chunks of yardage as the Tigers defeated the Fighting Irish 49-14 in a nonconference game at K.E. Baker Stadium.
“I’ve played football with him since third grade, so we’re real good buds,” Derryberry said of Ralston. “I know if I throw it to him, he’ll go get it.”
The Derryberry-Ralston connection worked for touchdowns covering 58 and 25 yards, and the five strikes accounted for 155 of the quarterback’s 184 yards.
Derryberry said that play action and good work along the offensive line set the table for Ralston to get wide open behind the defense on several occasions.
Derryberry finished the night with only one incompletion in 11 attempts, outshining Cortez, who had his moments but was disappointed in his overall performance.
Cortez finished with 141 yards on 10-for-12 accuracy, with one interception.
“It was mostly on me,” Cortez said. “I missed some reads and threw some bad balls.”
Lafayette coach Paul Woolard said the Irish (1-1) struggled against Carthage’s defensive line, even when the Tigers were primarily playing the pass.
“They were able to do some things even with their front three, when they dropped a whole bunch back,” Woolard said. “Dropping eight into coverage made it a little tough. (Cortez) did well at times, but he’ll see some things on film that he’ll need to get better on. I don’t know if this is the template on how people are going to play us this year, but we’re going to need to run the ball better and execute.”
D’Angelo Poole got Carthage on the scoreboard with 7 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 4-yard run — the first of his three touchdowns. He later added a 1 and 18-yarder midway through the fourth quarter that capped the scoring and triggered the running clock.
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