SJ Lafayette gets past Center

By Levi Smith Newspress Now
Posted: September 2, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Following a 48-0 blowout win over Clinton, Lafayette silenced any potential critics that remained as the inexperienced Fighting Irish gutted out a 20-13 victory over a 2017 Class 3 state quarterfinalist in Kansas City Center on Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

Much of the credit for the emphatic win falls on the shoulders of first-time junior starter Daeton McGaughy, whose legs put the Irish (2-0) on the board a pair of times and whose arm broke the game open. McGaughy’s play forced the smashmouth-style Yellowjackets (0-1) to be left in the unfamiliar position of being forced to pass extensively in the final minutes.

Lafayette coach Eric McDowell heaped praise upon the team’s resident backfield Houdini, noting his underrated power to muscle through tackles.

“He may not be the fastest guy necessarily, but he’s very smart when he decides to run and he’s very big, very strong. One of our hardest workers in the weight room and in practice,” McDowell said. “Even if he can’t outrun someone he can stiff-arm them and muscle through to get that yard that we need. He comes from a long line of great athletes, the McGaughy name has a lot of good genetics.”

Facing a team as big and physical as Center without the bulk to match can be an imposing proposition for any defense. McDowell remarked on how Lafayette’s team, though largely comprised of underclassmen, was more than up for the challenge.

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