St. Joe Lafayette gets back on track with win

By Thomas Huitt-Johnson The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 4, 2013 - 10:52 PM

The past two weeks needed to be erased from Lafayette’s memory.

Four plays into Friday’s game against the Chillicothe, the Fighting Irish showed no recollections of their two-game losing skid. Tyler Burgess received a punt and returned it 54 yards for the game’s opening score, setting the tone for Lafayette’s 62-28 thrashing of Chillicothe at jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.


Burgess’ touchdown was big for Lafayette (4-2, 2-2 Midland Empire Conference), which came in off of back-to-back losses to league contenders Smithville and Savannah.

“Tyler tiptoed down the sideline and got a big block from Koby Gillenwater that was just enough to spring him, and Tyler’s pretty dangerous,” Lafayette coach Paul Woolard said. “We called out the peter call — get away from it — and it just happened to bounce his way.”

Even with the quick start, Lafayette only led 27-14 at halftime after surrendering a pair of late-second quarter touchdown passes to Chillicothe and quarterback Tyler Clampitt.

But the Irish offense prevailed.

Quarterback Drew Cortez, who finished 12 of 18 for 210 yards, 12 of 18 with 210 yards, tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cody Massey on a fourth-down play to conclude the opening drive of the first half to put Lafayette up 20.

On the next possession, it took one play for the duo to score again.

A catchable ball popped off of Massey into the air, but the lanky senior corralled it with nothing but open field in front of him. He grabbed the ball out of the air and finished the rest himself on a 60-yard score. Gillenwater’s 10-yard touchdown run maxed out Lafayette’s advantage at 47-14, but Chillicothe (3-3, 1-3) scored two touchdowns to pull closer.

Lafayette tallied two more scores to complete the blowout with an impressive offensive showing.

“We knew we had a tough opponent on the road in a tough environment, and we had to execute,” Woolard said. “We really needed to pick it up offensively, and I thought that we did. They dominated the time of possession, which is something we didn’t really like, but we had trouble getting off the field on third down on defense a little bit. But our defense has saved out butt in a lot of games.

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