Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jeff City Whips Lafayette 28-14

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jeff City Whips Lafayette 28-14

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The road to the Missouri Class 5A football championship is rugged, mainly because it usually goes through Jefferson City.

Some things never change.

Jefferson City has won seven state championships, including two of the last three Missouri Class 5A titles.

Coach Pete Adkins has a career record in 36 seasons at Jefferson City of 380-60.

On Friday, Jefferson City beat host Lafayette 28-14 in the season opener for both schools.

The game wasn't as close as the score reflected, although Lafayette broke on top in the opening 6 minutes and 38 seconds. But Jefferson City caught its composure and scored the next four touchdowns before Lafayette could score again, with only 46 seconds to play.

"We were lucky to beat them," Adkins said of Lafayette, which couldn't muster a running attack.

The Lancers accumulated only 13 yards in 24 carries, while amassing 123 yards passing.

Jefferson City rushed for 236 yards, including 236 rushing and 77 passing for 313 yards of total offense.

Last season, Jefferson City defeated Lafayette 48-0 in the opener en route to a 12-1 season, but a moral victory Friday wasn't good enough for Lafayette coach Mick Picataggio.

"We have to come back and not be happy with a moral victory," Picataggio said. "We have Parkway South next week and they're a good football team."

The Jays flexed their muscle against Lafayette, which scored with 5:22 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Darryl Smith. The touchdown capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive. Matt Hutchison kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Lafayette picked up three of its four first-downs on the drive. Lafayette stopped Jefferson City's offense - drained by graduation - on the Jays' ensuing possessions in the first quarter.

Jefferson City took possession at 10:18 of the second quarter and quarterback Sean Thompson highlighted a five-play 53-yard drive with a 45-yard pass to Ivan Benson to the Lafayette 3. Two plays later, Joey Lopez scored the first of two touchdowns for Jefferson City. …

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