St. Joe Leblond tops Brookfield

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News Press
Posted: October 31, 2012 - 11:24 PM

After watching the clock dissolve, big plays became of the utmost importance for Bishop LeBlond.

The No. 1-seeded Golden Eagles yielded a 17-play, near-7-minute drive to Brookfield in the third quarter, ceding away their lead in a flurry of runs from Bulldogs freshman Reed McBroom. Suddenly, LeBlond’s turnaround season appeared on the brink Wednesday night at Eagle Stadium.

“We definitely felt the pressure,” LeBlond junior wide receiver Patrick Dillon said. “That drive that they had took the entire third quarter, basically. We felt that if we didn’t get a big play soon, they were just going to run the clock down.”

Cort Patrick’s blocked punt set up a go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, and Dillon’s second long touchdown catch provided the punctuation on LeBlond’s 20-12 victory in a Class 2 District 8 semifinal.

The season lives on, to be continued in Monday’s final vs. Lathrop back at Eagle Stadium.

LeBlond (7-4) came up with the key plays at the right times against the fourth-seeded Bulldogs. Dillon’s 62-yard grab on a third-and-14 put the Eagles ahead eight, and Brookfield’s final two drives both ended on interceptions — one from Patrick and one from Tyler Thrasher, the second pick for each in the Eagles’ four-INT night.

A district championship now comes into reach for LeBlond after back-to-back 1-9 seasons in coach Tony Dudik’s first two years and only two wins total in the previous three seasons. For the rest of the story click here.