St. Joe Lafayette rolls over Cameron
By Travis Hartman The St. Joseph News-Press
CAMERON, Mo, — Special teams played a big role for Lafayette in the first half, but senior back D’Andre Tolton sealed the victory.
Talton led the team with three rushing touchdowns to go along with a 35-yard run for a score on his first carry of the game to help Lafayette defeat Cameron 33-13 in a crucial Midland Empire Conference game for the Irish on Friday night at Dave Goodwin Field.
The Fighting Irish (4-2, 2-2 MEC) blocked two punts, ran a kickoff 62 yards for a score and ran another kick off all the way to the 6-yard line, all in the first half.
“It is disappointing, and we didn’t start very well,” Cameron’s coach Dave Rash said. “Specials teams weren’t very good, especially in the first half.’
Talton capitalized on Cameron’s miscues by scoring three times in the first half on 7 carries for 69 yards.
“It feels really good to come off of two losses and get this win.“ Talton said. “We haven’t come into Cameron and won since I have been here. So it feels really good.”
The Dragons (1-5, 1-3 MEC) didn’t go attempted to rebound from their early woes. After going scoreless in the first quarter, senior quarterback Zach Way connected with Brendan Gabbart on a 37-yard pass as time expired in the second quarter to pull Cameron within 27-13. A Lafayette fumble with 0.2 seconds remaining help set up the score as time expired.
“I put that 100-percent on me,” Lafayette coach Paul Woolard said of the last second touchdown by Cameron. “I got jacked up with the time and should have taken a knee.”
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