Lafayette Dominates in Opener

Lafayette quarterback Diego Bernard, left, and running back Trey Washington burst onto the field prior to their match up against North Kansas City Friday at Lafayette high school.

The Fighting Irish offense put on a show during the first half and refused to let up after halftime.

In a rematch of last seasons opener — which spanned two days due to weather — Diego Bernard showcased all of his offensive weapons, throwing five touchdowns to four different receivers and rushed for another.

The Irish defeated North Kansas City 48-14 on Friday night at Alumni Stadium.

The dual-threat quarterback finished with 328 yards through the air and 73 on the ground in Lafayette’s victory over the Hornets.

Despite his performance, Bernard knows he’s not the lone playmaker on the field.

“They get open and my line does a good job protecting me,” Bernard said. “This game goes to my line. They did a hell of a job.”

The Irish offense got rolling in the first when Ja’Den King ran a hook and ladder, pitching the ball to Trey Washington for a 66-yard scamper to the end zone.

He had a feeling the Hornets would fall for the trickery.

“We’ve been working on it all practice. We knew it was going to hit,” the three-sport athlete explained. “They fell for it — they jumped.

“Jay gave me a good pitch — and that was it.”

Washington also scored a 48-yard rushing touchdown, totaling 114 yards on the night. Braydan Cox scored two receiving touchdowns while adding in another 106 yards.

The Irish scored 27 points in the first half and continued their onslaught in the second. Not a bad start to their season according to coach Bart Hardy.

“It feels pretty good because I don’t know if anybody knows where they are to start out the season,” Hardy said.

He still thinks his team has some kinks to work out.

“We’re not where we want to be yet, but the kids came out and played really good. There’s always little things to fix, but it does feel good.”

Bernard finished 9 of 14 on the night. Washington added 46 yards to help his team in the rushing game. Lafayette recorded two fumble recoveries in the rout.

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