Maurice Woodard runs so that Parker Ronchetto can pass. Or, Ronchetto passes so that Woodard can run.
Through the season’s first three games, West Lafayette’s Class 3A No. 6 football team has cured the one-dimension offensive woes that plagued it throughout the 2012 season.
Ronchetto threw four touchdown passes Friday night — he has nine in the past two weeks — and Woodard ran for three scores in the Red Devils’ 50-6 victory against Hoosier Conference rival Delphi at Straley Field.
West Lafayette (3-0) paid tribute to former coach Marshall Overley in an emotional halftime ceremony — he was with the program 27 seasons, including the final 12 as its head coach — and then added three third-quarter TDs before junior varsity players finished the blowout.
The Red Devils’ balanced first-team offense has scored 106 points during the last six quarters it has been on the field.
“Everyone last year said that we were a one-dimensional team, so we really worked on that,” said Woodard, who ran 2, 13 and 5 yards for scores. “We wanted to get better in other dimensions. If we want to run the ball, and we want to pass the ball, and to do that, we want to be able to execute.
“We worked all summer to be able to be better at everything. Every situation, we want to be prepared for every day. I think I help Parker in the backfield. The fact he has thrown nine touchdown passes in the past two weeks, teams now are watching out for him. That helps me out. Now, they have to worry about more than just me running.”
Ronchetto, who threw TD passes of 17, 70, 22 and 43 yards, is having fun directing an offense that seems to have scoring potential each time it snaps the ball.
“There are a lot of different playmakers on this team,” Ronchetto said. “Any one of them can make a play. Last year, we struggled. We were very one-dimensional last year. This year, we’ve changed our whole offense. In our first three games, we’ve caught the defenses off guard.
“To score 106 points in six quarters, wow. At the beginning of the year, I would not have told you that might happen. I knew we would be improved a lot, but I didn’t truly know this offense was going to work until the first week of the season.”
Delphi took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 14 plays, taking a 6-0 lead on Garrett Johnson’s 10-yard run. After that, WL ran off the game’s final 50 points.
“It wasn’t so much that we wanted to fix the offense as it was that we have weapons,” WL coach Shane Fry said. “We are happy if the opponent’s defense allows Maurice to get loose inside, but if they’ve got him bottled up a little bit, we will throw it to the outside. We have a lot of targets. I think we’ve had six different receivers catch touchdown passes thus far.
“These guys have bought in to everything. They are coachable kids. They work extremely hard. They believe in the system, and they believe in each other.”