Prior to their 13-6 victory over Benton on Friday at Scott Marriott Field, Lafayette coach Eric McDowell could have told you the Irish weren’t in for an easy win.
“A city rivalry game in the mud, you never know what’s going to happen,” McDowell said. “We kind of knew this was going to be an interesting game, we really did, but fortunately the boys pulled it out and got the win.”
From the looks of their first drive, it may have appeared that the Irish were going to have their way with the Benton (0-3) defense. A touch pass to receiver Derrick May went for big yardage, senior running back Miles Henderson broke off a big run to get to the goalline, and quarterback Jaron Saunders hit fellow junior Kingston Oliver in the endzone to give them an immediate 7-0 lead just a few minutes into the game.
But with the field condition deteriorating beneath their mud-choked cleats, both teams struggled to move the ball from that point on.
For Lafayette (2-1), penalties played a major part in their offense’s struggles.