Speed, Experience Carry Lafayette

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 08/20 2014 11:47PM

Updated 08/21 2014 08:40PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A fourth straight winning season and district title appearance aren't enough to satisfy Lafayette.

"It made me more hungry, I can tell you that. We've been there, I know we can get it," Lafayette senior Malyk Hicks said.

The Irish knocked off Excelsior Springs and Savannah en route to the district championship, but were knocked off by Liberty North in a 35-0 loss.

With an eye on a conference and district title in 2014, the Irish bring back six starters to both sides of the ball, and even a couple new playmakers.

"I do like what we've got coming back and I do like what's mixed in," head coach Paul Woolard said. "Some new guys have come out and are going to be part of the football team."

After a state championship appearance in basketball last winter, Nick Hubbard and Chester Goudeau try their hand on the gridiron. They join the likes of Hicks and Preston Martin in what should be an explosive receiving corps for third-year starting quarterback Drew Cortez.

"It's crazy good," Hicks said. "Our offense is just so fast. Our depth, there's nobody that's lower. Everybody's pretty much right there, so we can just keep going and kill defenses with the speed offense."

Despite the quickness at skill positions, everything Lafayette hopes to execute starts up front.

The Irish bring back four guys on the offensive line that got substantial playing time last season.

"It's their second year in the system getting those blocks down, so I think they'll be better there," Woolard said.

"I feel like we have more speed up front," senior lineman Bryson Underwood added. "Last year we were pretty good, we just couldn't work together sometimes, so it kind of through us off."

The same goes for a defensive front anchored by Quendarius Bass, a 270-pounder that runs a 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.

Lafayette's hoping these pieces can take them to their second district title since 1998, and win it this time around.

"We all have a common goal," Hicks said, "and being there I think gave everybody a little taste that we actually can do it."

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