SJ Lafayette pounds Savannah

By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 9, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Lafayette continues to reach new heights this season.

The Fighting Irish dominated Savannah in the first half and rolled to a 35-0 victory in a game that needed less than two hours to wrap up.

The victory pushes Lafayette to 4-0 for the first time this decade, exceeding the team’s 3-0 marks they had in 2010-13 that ended in the fourth game. The past two times, Savannah ended the perfect start for Lafayette.

That wasn’t the case this time as Diego Bernard passed for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns and Lafayette surpassed its win total from last season a month into the 2016 campaign.

“They did a great job of boxing everything in so we had to adjust and we adjusted,” Lafayette coach Bart Hardy said of Savannah’s defense. “What they were giving us were short routes and gave us a few long ones, so we just took them.”

Bernard’s first pass went for a 36-yard touchdown to Ja’den King, capping a short 40-second drive for Lafayette (4-0, 2-0 Midland Empire Conference).

The third-pass of the night for the left-handed thrower was a short shovel pass to David Green, who dashed 60 yards on the end around for a touchdown.

The next pass for Bernard — who missed most of last year after getting a hand injury in Week 1, went to Braydan Cox for a 40-yard touchdown.

“I actually ran the wrong route and but Diego scrambled out and saw,” Cox said. “Diego is crazy athletic, we call him super freak, because that is what he is.”

The scrambling ability for Bernard came full circle on the next drive for Lafayette, which was started at the Savannah 44-yard line after Gavin Brown grabbed the first of his two interceptions on the night.

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