St. Joe Lafayette scares Kearney before fallin
By Corey Edwards The St. Joseph News-Press
A flurry of late touchdowns, two in less than a minute and a half, concluded Lafayette’s postseason chances on Friday.
The No. 5 seeded Fighting Irish held a lead with under six minutes to play, but could not withstand a final onslaught by top-seed Kearney, falling 17-6 in a Class 4 District 8 semifinal contest.
“I am so proud of these guys. I love them to death,” Fighting Irish coach Paul Woolard said. “We have been through a lot with these seniors and they have won a lot of ballgames for us — 21 in three years — I am going to miss them a lot, but this shows what we can accomplish.’
Lafayette led 6-3 at the half, following a Chester Goudeau pick-six off Kearney quarterback Johnny Weidmaier on a third-and-4 play at the Bulldogs’ own 7-yard line. The Irish missed the extra point when the Bulldogs’ front line was able to knock down the try.
Kearney finally found the end zone with 5:50 remaining in regulation, when Weidmaier found wideout Cale Garrett open at the goal line for a 16-yard lob pass down the middle of the field.
The Bulldogs (10-1) forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and after Drew Cortez struggled to handle a low snap by the center during the punt, the senior had to quickly get the kick off, setting Kearney up at Lafayette’s 23-yard line.
Wildcat quarterback Logan Hinck took the next snap, scrambling 23 yards to extend Kearney’s lead to 11 points.
“Once we went up two scores, I think they were done,” Kearney coach Greg Jones said. “I think their hope was gone. That was a great run by Logan.”
Kearney took the game’s first lead with 5:48 remaining in the second quarter on a Dawson Goepferich 30-yard field goal. Lafayette (7-4) escaped a Kearney field goal try moments earlier, this time from 37-yards out, but fumbled the ball away on the first play after the turnover.
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