St. Joe LeBlond marches over Cameron

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 25, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Tony Dudik knows the frustrations of ending up on the wrong side of a blowout.

The veteran Bishop LeBlond coach spent two years building the Golden Eagles back up from the very depths of despair. Dudik and LeBlond have been there.


So when an inadvertent whistle negated a Carrollton touchdown in the fourth quarter Thursday night, Dudik lobbied the officials to allow the Trojans’ points to stand. The pleas could not be rewarded, but Carrollton scored five plays later anyway for some consolation in a 38-6 loss at Eagle Stadium in the first round of the Class 2 District 8 tournament.

LeBlond improved to 6-4 and advances to play the winner of Friday’s night’s Trenton at Brookfield matchup next Wednesday.

Don’t expect the Eagles to take the success for granted.

“Every game now could be our final game, and it hadn’t even entered my mind,” Dudik said. “We’ve grown a lot; there’s no doubt about that in the program. The biggest thing I can say is these kids deserve some success and deserve to have some positive things happen for them.”

For the most part, LeBlond played the part of a No. 1 seed and not just because the opening matchup came against eighth-seed Carrollton (0-10).

The Eagles earned the top seed over one-loss Lathrop, thanks in most part to a strength of schedule inflated thanks to a tough Midland Empire Conference slate. Carrollton managed only 42 yards of offense in the first half out of its veer option and ended up with its minimal yards smattered almost evenly between running backs Keagan Eiserer (43), Keaton Sullivan (34) and Ridge Mathis (25) and quarterback Mark Hundley (37).

With the Trojans slowed to a crawl, LeBlond overcame a slightly sluggish start to produce an overall dominant effort. For the rest of the story click here.