Cameron holds on to beat St. Joseph LeBlond

By Drew Hoselton St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 7, 2011 - 11:59 PM



Bishop LeBlond looked to avenge last year’s loss to the Cameron on Friday night at Eagle Stadium, but the Dragons had other ideas.

 

With 1 minute, 26 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Zach Way found Brendan Gabbart slashing through the middle of the LeBlond defense for an 82-yard touchdown pass that gave Cameron a 10-point halftime lead.

 

The late score paved the way for a 35-25 Cameron win which kept LeBlond winless.

 

The big pass play was the longest in the game that saw only 22 combined pass attempts.

 

LeBlond running back Austin Dawkins finished with 237 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, but it was Cameron’s running game that proved the difference.

 

In the first half, Cameron seemed to have a balanced game plan, but it didn’t work. Cameron coach Dave Rash changed the offense up in the second half, leading to Cameron using a stable of five runners, including Way.

 

“(Cameron) did a nice job,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “They made us change from the 3-4 defense back to our base defense. Then we started stopping up the middle but then they started hitting us on the outside with speed.

 

“We just couldn’t make the plays we needed to.”

 

Cameron’s first possession of the second half showcased the new game plan, pounding the ball down the field using nine rushing plays to one pass

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