Lafayette holds off Central in St. Joe battle

By Brandon Zenner News-Press Now
Posted: August 25, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Max Conard and the Central chance at redemption against Lafayette came with 3 minutes, 9 seconds to play Friday night.

After throwing a pick-six on the opening drive, the sophomore quarterback pulled the Indians within two points on a touchdown pass to fellow sophomore Clay Teschner, setting up a two-point conversion that could tie the game.

Central coach Andy Ball called for the direct snap to running back Hunter Madison, who reversed it to Teschner. The sophomore fired toward Conard in the end zone, but the pass attempt came up one-yard short, and the Fighting Irish prevailed 44-42 to once again defeat their crosstown rivals at Noyes Field.

“First of all, hats off to Coach Ball and those guys,” Lafayette coach Bart Hardy said. “They came out to play. We knew they would. … We just told our guys at half it’s gonna be a gutcheck. We just wanted to come out and continue what we were doing, fix the little things. It worked out for us.”

On the first drive of the game, Conard rolled out to his left on an Indians third down and misfired, allowing Irish linebacker Jackson Power to jump the route and take a pick-six to the house.

The Irish and Indians, who played to an 18-12 double-overtime game won by Lafayette last year at Alumni Stadium, combined for 54 first-half points, a 32-22 edge in favor of the visitors.

Following the pick-six on the opening drive, Conard responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Luke Zweernik on the following drive to tie the game at 6.

The Irish (2-0) came back to score 20 answered in a hostile environment. It all started with a 33-yard bullet from senior quarterback Diego Bernard to Jaden King before short touchdown runs by Trey Washington and Marco Rodriguez.

“Trey’s starting to grow up a bit more. It’s one of those things, him and Marco are a great duo in the backfield,” Hardy said. “As long as we keep playing as a team, we’re gonna be OK.”

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