St. Joseph Lafayette blows past Cameron
By Thomas Huitt-Johnson The St. Joseph News-Press
Lafayette has a lot of tools to be successful in the Midland Empire Conference. Minus a couple of offensive threats, the Fighting Irish showed how they use them Friday night at Dave Goodwin Field.
Lafayette defeated Cameron 42-12 behind a plethora of running backs and wide receivers who saw action. The Irish started a bit slower than usual, but picked up key plays from their defense and special teams to help set up the offense.
“I think in the second quarter we got better, got a little more aggressive,” Lafayette coach Paul Woolard said. “We had a lot of new faces playing tonight in some key roles. I seen a lot of good things that happened. There were a lot of guys that I thought stepped up and played a good football game.”
Without starting wide receivers Chester Goudeau and Preston Martin, Lafayette made sure to establish a running game to go with quarterback Drew Cortez’s four-touchdown night. But a bad snap, a consistent problem throughout the night, gave Cameron (0-7, 0-5 MEC) an early edge on Lafayette (5-2, 4-1).
The Dragons ended up with a 42-yard field goal, one of two 40-plus yarders nailed by Andrew Carr, to go on top 3-0 with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first quarter. No problem for the Irish, however.
They methodically moved the football down field and Cortez scored a 1-yard touchdown near the end of the first quarter for a 7-3 lead.
After Carr made his second field goal, this one from 44 yards out, Terry Ford stepped up with his biggest contribution. The lengthy senior, who had a game-high four receptions for 121 yards, looked over to the sideline just before the snap and received his route. He went 61 yards untouched for an eight-point lead.
“I just said make a good read,” Woolard said. “Basically, get your skinny post and run to an open void, an open area, and basically that’s what he did. Drew made a good read and hit him in stride, and Terry showed good burners there.”
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