— It's tough to win games when you only run four plays in one quarter.
Lafayette High's football team proved to be the exception to the rule Friday night, posting a 42-11 victory over rival Jamestown in a showdown at Wanner Stadium.
Quarterback Brendan McGinty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Lafayette (5-0 overall, 4-0 Bay Rivers District) remained unbeaten.
Jamestown (2-3, 2-2) dominated for most of the first quarter, thanks to the precision passing game of Tyler Doane. The senior quarterback had big completions to Braxton Miller and J.J. Boys to give the Eagles first-and-10 from the Lafayette 14. The Rams' defense held, and the Eagles settled for a 30-yard field goal by Marcel Schwarz to take a 3-0 lead with 6:10 left.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles' Orlando McCoin recovered a fumble near midfield. Jamestown couldn't take advantage of the field position, but Stas Szczepanski's punt pinned Lafayette at its 2-yard line for its first possession of the game.
Two plays later, Mike Vite hauled down Jahlil Green in the end zone to give Jamestown a 5-0 lead with 2:58 left.
That's when Lafayette's defense took over. Blake Guminski and Deacon Smith stopped Szczepanski on fourth-and-1 from the Eagles' 49 to give the Rams momentum.
Lafayette's offense responded, driving 49 yards on eight plays, capped by Schekel Wallace's 2-yard run. Green scored the 2-point conversion, and the Rams led 8-5 with 8:57 left in the half.
Green, who played sparingly in the first half, left his mark on the final eight minutes of the half. The University of Richmond commitment rumbled 33 yards for a touchdown with 2:40 left to give Lafayette a 15-5 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Wallace had a one-handed interception and returned it to the Jamestown 28. Lafayette coach Andy Linn busted out his bag of tricks on the next play, as Green took a handoff around right end but looked to pass. After seeing no one open, he tucked it and reversed to carry 26 yards until he was upended at the Jamestown 2. McGinty scored on the next play up the middle for a 22-5 halftime lead.
Lafayette opened up the passing game in the second half, as McGinty completed a pair of touchdown passes. The junior hooked up with Green on a 45-yard pitch-and-catch to start the third quarter as the Rams led 29-5 with 10:25 left.
On the third play of the fourth quarter, McGinty hit Darren Patton on a 24-yard touchdown pass off play-action to take a 35-5 lead with 10:55 remaining.
John Douglass scored his first touchdown of the game with 5:21 left, rumbling from 20 yards out.
David Matthews answered for Jamestown, running 39 yards down the right sideline to cap the scoring.
The win proved to be a costly one for Lafayette, though. Brandon Villanueva-Pernell, who had performed well in the Rams' last two games, suffered an injury late in the second quarter and didn't return.
LAFAYETTE 42, JAMESTOWN 11
Jamestown: 5, 0, 0, 6 - 11
Lafayette: 0, 22, 7, 13 - 42
Jam: FG Schwarz 30, 6:10.
Jam: Safety, Vite tackled Green, 3:35.
Laf: Wallace 7 run (Green run), 8:57.
Laf: Green 33 run (Rouse kick), 2:30.
Laf: McGinty 2 run (Rouse kick), 1:29.
Laf: Green 45 pass from McGinty (Rouse kick) 10:25.
Laf: Patton 24 pass from McGinty (Rouse kick) 10:55
Laf: Douglass 20 run (kick failed), 5:21.
Jam: Matthews 39 run (kick blocked), 1:30.
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