St. Joe Lafayette pounds Van Horn

By Shawn Roney The Examiner
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 11:39 PM



Sometime soon, Van Horn football coach Jeff Tolbert plans to think back on the good parts of the Falcons’ season.
 
He wasn’t ready to do so after Friday night’s 61-14 season-ending loss to St. Joseph Lafayette at Truman High School.
 
“There are definitely some very high moments,” Tolbert said. “We got a huge signature win this year. We have to try and take those moments and build on them. That’ll be what my goal is for this offseason.”
 
As for the program, the goal will be to rebound from the Class 4 District 8 defeat and get ready for 2015, Tolbert suggested.
 
“We’re going to put some guys to the test and we’re going to see how much of a committed player that some of these guys can be,” he declared. “And it’s not going to be easy for them. It can’t be easy because we have to get better.”
 
As head coach, “it’s my job to put pressure on them to try and make themselves better every day,” Tolbert said.
 
“That’s on the field, that’s in the classroom, that’s out at Independence Center,” he said. “That’s everywhere.”
 
Lafayette (7-3) put Van Horn on the road to offseason reflection and rebuilding by storming out to a 41-0 lead within the first 18 minutes. The Fighting Irish scored on all four of their first-quarter possessions to lead 27-0 at quarter’s end and then scored on their first two possessions in the second quarter.
 
“That’s what’s important this time of year – is you come out, you have a good start,” Fighting Irish coach Paul Woolard said. “I think we got up on them quick.”
 
However, Lafayette might not have jumped out so quickly if the Falcons hadn’t been without J.J. Rivers, Woolard suggested. The senior running back, who suffered a knee injury during the Falcons’ Week 9 win over William Chrisman, “is a great player,” Woolard commented.
 
“I feel for that young man,” he said.
 
The Falcons scored their only points on back-to-back second-quarter scoring drives. Quarterback Samila Sua led them on a 12-play, 80-yard trek, capped by his 2-yard TD run and Carlos Cubas’ extra-point kick with 1:45 remaining. On defense, Sua intercepted a pass to set up the next drive, capped by his 1-yard run and Cubas’ point after with 11.8 seconds left.