Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mehlville Sloshes Past Lafayette 12-0

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mehlville Sloshes Past Lafayette 12-0

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When Mehlville and Lafayette met earlier this season, the field was dry and Mehlville rolled to a 35-6 victory.

On Monday, Lafayette's football field resembled a mud bog, but Mehlville was no less dominant in a 12-0 victory in a Missouri Class 5A quarterfinal game.

Mehlville, the No. 2-ranked team in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, sloshed through the Lancers' defense for 314 total yards, 203 on the ground and 111 in the air. The Panthers' defense, meanwhile, held the Lancers to a mere 31 yards, just one in the second half.

With 17 first downs, Mehlville had four more first downs for the game than Lafayette had plays in the second half.

"They're a good team," Lafayette coach Mick Picataggio said. "They're a big team, too."

Which, he said, negated what might have been an advantage for Lafayette - the poor playing conditions.

"You'd think the rain would have slowed them down, but it probably helped them, as big and strong as they are," Picataggio said. "They've got guys 326 pounds, 325 and 295 on the line. That's some load."

The load proved too much for Lafayette, which finished the season 8-4. The Lancers had no answers for the likes of 325-pound Sherman Wilderness, 326-pound David Morgan and 294-pound Darrin Keely, who opened big holes for running back Carlos Turner and provided ample protection for quarterback Alan Barnette on offense.

Turner, a slick, 5-foot-7, 141-pound junior, stepped in for injured senior Randy Potter and slithered through the Lancers for 139 yards on 24 carries. Barnette completed 10 of 19 passes for 111 yards and one TD. His passes were spread among four recivers - Turner, John Powell, Everett Burnett and Jason Eberhart.

"On a dry field, those guys can really put on a show," Mehlville coach Gary Heyde said. "It was a little tougher tonight. . . .

"They told us before we came that the field was terrible, and they were right. …

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