St. Joe Lafayette rallys past Chillicothe
By Bryce Mereness St. Joseph News-Press
With just under a minute left and Lafayette up five, the Fighting Irish faced third-down-and-less than a yard on Chillicothe’s 7 at Alumni Staidum.
Lafayette coach Paul Woolard took a timeout to talk strategy. After the intermission, quarterback D’Treal Stone wasted little time punching the ball into the end zone for the game-icing score. Stephen Wilds’ extra point provided the final 28-16 margin of victory for Lafayette on Friday night.
The junior signal-caller faked to running back D’Andre Talton and then curled to the right behind his lead blocker, bouncing into the end zone.
“I just saw D’Andre (Talton) make a good block,” Stone said. “Then Mick (Edmondson) coming out pulling, he got the guy, and I could just bounce it back out. I didn’t put a lot on myself. I had good running backs; I knew they would make a block for me if I had to run it, or if they had to run it, I knew they could make a play.”
Stone racked up 168 yards on the ground, 117 in the second half. Talton finished with a game-high 177 yards, 107 after half.
Lafayette (5-2, 3-2 MEC) hit Chillicothe with a two-pronged rushing attack and wore down the Hornets after the Irish trailed 10-7 at half time. Lafayette tallied 224 rushing yards in the second half. The rushing attack kept Chillicothe’s offense off the field with more than 12 minutes of possession after halftime.
“When you get a one-two punch like that, it’s nice,” Woolard said. “They did a great job. They did a really good job. We’ve kind of been waiting all year when that would work for them and we could run them the way we did tonight. “I thought the O-line really responded.”
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