St. Joe Lafayette tops LeBlond
By Tom Hanrahan The St. Joseph News-Press
Before Friday night’s game with Bishop LeBlond, Lafayette’s graduating football players walked slowly onto the field to be recognized on Senior Night.
By the time the game ended, the Fighting Irish had literally run past the Golden Eagles in a 41-14 cross-city win.
Senior running back Rowdy Wilkinson scored on a 81-yard touchdown reception on Lafayette’s first offensive play and book ended it with a 70-yard punt return for his team’s final score. The do-everything senior wasn’t alone as sophomore backfield mate Trey Washington torched LeBlond for 137 yards rushing on just seven carries, including scoring runs of 36 and 43 yards.
In all, the Irish had three runners pick up more than 50 yards on the ground and quarterback Riley McKay hit some big plays. The senior signal caller hit on three completions of more than 40 yards. In addition to the game-opening bomb to Wilkinson, McKay added a 44-yard scoring strike to junior Kamron Kuritz in the second half.
“We went into this week just trying to figure out what they are going to give us,” said Lafayette coach Bart Hardy. “We just told that guys whatever that was we were going to take it and try to work everybody in.
“What they give us one time might set something up. That’s what happened tonight.”
Lafayette (3-5, 3-3 MEC) overcame some hiccups — a pair of first-half fumbles and some bad snaps — and LeBlond (3-5, 1-5) stayed within two scores at 17-7 when the two teams broke for halftime.
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