SJ Lafayette dominates North Kansas City

By Rhett Eisenberg The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: August 18, 2017 - 10:32 PM

The Fighting Irish offense put on a show during the first half and refused to let up after halftime.

In a rematch of last season’s opener — which spanned two days due to weather — Diego Bernard showcased all of his offensive weapons, throwing five touchdowns to four different receivers and rushed for another.

The Irish defeated North Kansas City 48-14 on Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

The dual-threat quarterback finished with 328 yards through the air and 73 on the ground in Lafayette’s victory over the Hornets.

Despite his performance, Bernard knows he’s not the lone playmaker on the field.

“They get open and my line does a good job protecting me,” Bernard said. “This game goes to my line. They did a hell of a job.”

The Irish offense got rolling in the first when Ja’Den King ran a hook and ladder, pitching the ball to Trey Washington for a 66-yard scamper to the end zone.

He had a feeling the Hornets would fall for the trickery.

“We’ve been working on it all practice. We knew it was going to hit,” the three-sport athlete explained. “They fell for it — they jumped.

“Jay gave me a good pitch — and that was it.”

Washington also scored a 48-yard rushing touchdown, totaling 114 yards on the night. Braydan Cox scored two receiving touchdowns while adding in another 106 yards.

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