East struggles in loss at St. Joseph Lafayette
By Travis Hartman St. Joseph News Press
Lafayette dotted the first quarter with scores on the way to a 49-0 win against East (Kansas City), but the touchdowns were surrounded with a load of mistakes.
Lafayette was penalized on the opening kickoff for offsides in a foul fest first quarter at Alumni Stadium.
Between East and the Fighting Irish, there were seven penalties on the first nine possessions with one fumble and only one touchdown. Lafayette’s Kenny Grant scored on a 20-yard run 1 minute, 32 seconds into the first quarter, only to have the kickoff team go offsides to put an emphasis on the early miscues.
“A little bit of it all can be because it was the first game of the season,” Lafayette’s coach Paul Woolard said. “We better really get ourselves prepared for next week because it will be a tough one against Odessa on the road. We can’t have any silly penalties, and we have to do a better job.”
The Irish (1-0) were able to get back on track to cruise late.
With the running game slowing a bit toward the end of the first quarter, Lafayette called upon junior quarterback D’Treal Stone, who stepped up and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to D’Andre Talton late in the first for a 13-0 lead after Stephen Wilds’ point after attempt failed.
Then Stone hooked up with Grant for a 20-yard score with 6 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put Lafayette up 22-0.
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