Week 3: Lafayette 28, Marquette 18
Kevin Hampton is one of the most talented players in the area, and proved why he’s so dangerous last Friday night against Marquette.
Hampton ran wild, rushing for 217 yards on 27 touches and two touchdowns as the Lancers knocked off their biggest rival 28-18.
The Lancers (2-0, 1-0) got off to a tremendous start by scoring on their first two possessions. Hampton galloped 40-yards into the end zone to give the visitors a 7-0 lead with 10:03 remaining in the first quarter.
On Lafayette’s ensuing possession, quarterback Evan Scales darted right on a quarterback option, then cut left and ran 60-yards into the end zone for a 14-0 Lafayette lead.
The game appeared out of reach, as the Marquette offense looked slow and sluggish to begin the contest.
But with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Marquette junior running back John Whitworth caught a five-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Austin Powers to put the Mustangs on the board.
Hampton added his second score of the evening, a 23-yard run to give Lafayette a comfortable 21-7 advantage.
The first half came to a close after a 32-yard field goal from senior place-kicker Colin Corley.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Mustangs narrowed the deficit to three after Powers’ five-yard touchdown run. Powers found junior running back Jacobi Boykin for the two-point conversion to make the score 21-18, Lancers.
With 3:42 remaining in the game, Lafayette had a second and two from the Marquette 20-yard line. Expecting run, Marquette kept its safeties close to the line of scrimmage. However, Scales executed the play-action fake to perfection and found senior tight end Tyler McMurray for a 20-yard touchdown that capped the game.
With the win, Lafayette improved to 2-1, while Marquette fell to 0-3. The Lancers will host Northwest next week, while the Mustangs will play at Parkway South.