St. Joe Lafayette blows past St. Joe LeBlond

By Chris Schoonover St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 10, 2014 - 11:58 PM



In a span of two minutes and 33 seconds, Lafayette turned what looked to be a back-and-forth battle into a rout with a 37-0 win at Eagle Stadium.

Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Cortez had three touchdown passes in that span, capitalizing on three turnovers by the Bishop LeBlond in the first half.

“You definitely want that when you’re a spread team,” Lafayette coach Paul Woolard said. “The more momentum, the better.

“They forced us into some different things with our passing game and we handled that to get some stuff open to make some plays.”

After both teams came up empty on their first drives, Bishop LeBlond quarterback Jack Schanze was picked off by Rowdy Wilkinson, setting up the Fighting Irish (6-2, 5-1 MEC) offense on their 30-yard line.

Cortez found his favorite target, Preston Martin, on a 10-yard out route for the score and Martin’s first of two touchdowns on the day.

After a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Cortez and the offense took over on its own 27 and scored on the first play as Cortez connected with Wilkinson over the middle on a short slant that he took to the house.

“We have so many guys that can make plays,” Cortez said. “When I get them the ball in space, they are going to make plays for me and make me look good and help us win.”

Trailing 13-0, LeBlond (4-4, 2-4) went back to the air but Schanze was picked off by Terry Ford, and after a pair of penalties, the Irish faced a first and 32.

With his offense pushed back, Cortez found Martin for a 43-yard pickup for the first down, then hooked up with Malyk Hicks as he was being forced out of the pocket for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Schanze had thrown just five picks coming into the game, but threw two in the first half – three in the contest.

“The bottom line is that we couldn’t get the run going,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “We should have thrown some shorter passes, but I was competing. When you’re down 20-0 in the game, you’re trying to get back in the game.

“(Schanze) is going to bounce back. Those receivers — Quinten (Obermier) and Cort (Patrick) — are very good receivers and they just could get open like you need to in high school.”

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