On Friday night (Sept 12) at home, Lafayette battled through rain, cold, and determined archrival Marquette, to find its way into the win column for the first time in 2014.
Lafayette senior quarterback Cameron Scales threw for two touchdowns and ran for one and the Lancer defense played lights out as Lafayette ended its three-game season-opening skid with a 31-21 victory over Marquette.
“It wasn’t easy but we have played some of the top teams in the area and state and to get a win just good for our confidence going forward,” Scales said. “The rest of it going forward is not easy though so we have to keep grinding it our and hopefully and hopefully get these next six wins.”
Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 in the SubWest A Conference) struck first thanks to a 46-yard field goal from Jake Reynolds.
Marquette came roaring back four minutes later as the Mustangs scored on a 15-yard Jason Powers to Charlie Kreh touchdown pass to go up 7-3 with 4:20 left in the first quarter.
On the next drive, Lafayette answered as Scales hit Matt Waeckerle with a 71-yard pass that put the Lancers all the way down to the Marquette 2.
On first and goal at the 2, Scales rolled right and hit Waeckerle in the middle of the end zone for a 2-yard score and Lafayette was back ahead 10-7.
Then the Lancer defense went to work in the second quarter. Lafayette forced a Marquette punt with six minutes left to go in the first half.
After the punt rolled just 18 yards, Lafayette was back in business at the Mustang 33.
Five plays later, Drake Dunker pounded in off-tackle on a four-yard touchdown run and the Lancers extended the lead to 17-7.
“The defense did a nice job for us (early),” Lafayette coach Boyd Manne said. They had a good running attack and we stopped them and stopped on some plays and did a nice job.”
Cameron Scales went to the air in the third quarter and hooked up with younger brother Brendan Scales on a 40-yard pitch and catch for a touchdown which made it 24-7 with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
Marquette (1-3, 1-1 in SubWest A conference play) would not go away though as the Mustangs got a 35-yard yard scoring pass from Powers to Cairon Wesley to pull within 10 and then with just 4:27 left, Boykin scored on a 1-yard run to pull the Mustangs to within 24-21.
That momentum was stopped cold on the next drive as Scales broke off a 43-yard keeper run to the house for a touchdown and the Lancers regained their cushion with a 31-21 edge with just 1:35 left.
“The offensive line stepped up big-time the receivers ran the right routes and even though we had some mishaps, we got the win,” Scales said.
Manne was glad to see his club get a win but knows they have plenty of work ahead to get back to their lofty expectations.
“We did some good things, we have a long way to go and we made way too many mistakes,” Manne said. “I’m happy our kids got a “W” but we just need to be more disciplined and more accountable.”
NOTES: In other area games played Friday night, Borgia shut out St. Dominic 35-0, Chaminade stopped St. Louis University High 13-6, Dubourg clipped Kennedy 34-30, Eureka routed Fort Zumwalt East 38-0, Fort Zumwalt South beat Holt 61-33, Fort Zumwalt North beat Washington 49-0, Fort Zumwalt West blasted Timberland 40-7, Francis Howell blanked Howell North 40-0, CBC thrashed Vianney 56-0, Ladue slipped past Parkway Central 17-7, Jefferson City shut out De Smet Jesuit 34-0, Parkway North edged Summit 12-9. Parkway South rolled over Lindbergh 38-19, Trinity beat Lutheran St. Charles 21-19, and University City defeated Parkway West 25-6.