Chillicothe holds off St. Joseph Lafayetee

By Jon Dykstra St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 10:08 PM

Chillicothe kept their winning ways going with a 23-15 home win over Lafayette on Friday night.

The Hornets (5-1, 3-1 Midland Empire Conference) jumped out to a quick start against a rebuilding Fighting Irish (1-5, 1-3) squad.


With a large portion of the crowd still making their way from the parking lot to the stands, Chillicothe scored two quick touchdowns on big plays.

“Having that lead and being able to play out front was big,” Chillicothe coach Phil Willard said.

The offense struck first for the Hornets as junior quarterback Cade Snyder hooked up with senior Mason Hayward for a 43-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Hornet lead. Snyder has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in five consecutive games.

“Mason just read it and got open and Cade threw it up and let him run under it,” Willard said.

Then it was the defense and special teams' turn to make a play.

After the defense held Lafayette to a three-and-out, Lafayette lined up to punt.

A bad snap on the Irish’s punt attempt that Zach Rich could not handle allowed sophomore Hornet lineman Walker Graves to scoop up the football and run it back for another Hornets score.

With the Hornets up 14-0, the Irish managed to pick up a field goal to cut it to 11 and that is how the first quarter would end.

The second quarter was all about the defenses as both teams were stymied by the other.

“The defense has done an outstanding job of keeping us in games and they did again tonight,” Lafayette coach Bart Hardy said. “First quarter (the offense) just didn’t come out to play.”

Lafayette struggled to get the ball moving while breaking in new quarterback junior Gavin Brown.

“Gavin did a great job of managing the game,” Hardy said. “He gave us opportunities.”