It was a Class 3 District 8 matchup when the Lafayette Fighting Irish traveled 18 minutes north to take on the Savannah Savages.
The Savages (4-0) came into the matchup with an unbeaten record, and the Fighting Irish (0-4) were looking to grab their first win of the season. However, this game was all Savannah, and they sent Lafayette back to St. Joe with a 69-0 stinger.
It was youth cheerleading and football night, resulting in a packed stadium for the entirety of the game. The student section was crazy, the band was loud and the fans went all out to show some small town love for their football team.
“We’re just really grateful for the community support for our football program,” Savannah head coach Anthony Hays said. “It was just a really, really fun atmosphere for high school football in Savannah, and so I’m excited to keep building here and seeing how far we can take this.”
Lafayette began the game with a three-and-out before punting the ball to Savannah, who set up shop on their own 35-yard line. Senior quarterback Ethan Dudek set up the Savages first touchdown with a swing pass to Alex Hopper, who took it 26 yards to the 1-yard line.
On the next play, junior running back Cade Chappell powered it into the endzone, which would begin the onslaught of scoring from the Savages.
“Cade Chappell is an unbelievable running back,” Hays said. “I think he’s one of the best in the area at any level, and he’ll probably be an All-State type kid.”
Chappell was finished on the night, showcasing his strength when he took it 43-yards to the endzone. The run included a stiff arm that put a Lafayette defender into the dirt, and he continued the incredible run by bouncing off tacklers.
The running back wasn’t the only highlight on the offense, as Hopper and senior wide receiver Truman Bodenhausen each tallied their own touchdowns, including a beautiful deep pass from Dudeck to Bodenhausen on fourth down.