St. Joe Lafayette can't stay with Carthage

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: August 28, 2015 - 11:18 PM



Not even facing a quarterback making his first start of the season provided any kind of advantage for Lafayette.

Carthage turned to Keith Guest II under center and the junior responded by scoring a pair of touchdowns and passing for another to help the Tigers post a 36-0 victory at Alumni Stadium.

All of the points came between the second and third quarters for the Class 5 Tigers (1-1).

“If you can take anything out of a loss the last two weeks we've taken lesson and little detail and stuff like that,” Lafayette coach Bart Hardy said. “We cleaned stuff from last week and a few things this week we need to clean up. The biggest thing is keeping these kids positive it is early in the season. We got a lot of ball left.”

Carthage posted its first shutout since 2010, while Lafayette didn't score for the first time since 2013 – a loss to Liberty North in the district title game.

The Lafayette offense struggled to get much going against a big Carthage front line, which limited the Irish to only 30 yards on the ground. The passing attack garnered only 34 yards for the Irish, which only moved the ball past midfield once in the loss.

Miscues throughout the night sunk any momentum the Irish (0-2) seemed to find against Carthage.

Riley McKay broke a chain-moving 9-yard run on Lafayette's first possession to move the ball to Lafayette's 48-yard line before offsides on two of the next three plays harpooned that drive.

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