Lathrop tops LeBlond to keep season alive

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 6, 2012 - 1:47 AM

When Lathrop sensed a wobble, the Mules provided a decisive kick and continued a remarkable turnaround.

Bishop LeBlond made two critical mistakes late in the first half in Monday night’s Class 2 District 8 championship game, and Lathrop scored a pair of touchdowns in a span of just more than 2 minutes. With a three-touchdown halftime lead, the Mules didn’t allow LeBlond to answer.

Lathrop’s 41-14 win at Eagle Stadium put the Mules into the playoffs two years after going winless. LeBlond’s own turnaround season came to an end at 7-5.

“We wanted to put them in that position where they were down a few scores and see if they’d be ready to go home,” Lathrop coach Mike Thompson said. “But they played hard the whole night. I take my hats off to them. They’re doing a great job over there.”

LeBlond limited Lathrop’s big-play weapon for the most of the first half, but Tyson May broke loose for a 41-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter to put the Mules up 35-7. The senior speed back finished with 109 yards on 13 carries but ceded the spotlight to fellow running back Robert Askren and quarterback Brandon Maddick.

That duo ran for two touchdowns apiece in the first half, benefiting from the Eagles’ attention paid to May.

Askren wound up with a game-high 177 yards on only 10 carries.

“We told them, ‘They may take (May) away, but they’re still going to lose the game because of him,'” Thompson said.

LeBlond tacked on a touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter from senior running back Austin Dawkins, who finished with 173 yards rushing on 27 attempts. That simply closed the final margin, and LeBlond’s lone four seniors to endure the previous three losing seasons — Dawkins, Jeremiah Wigton, Mitch Sanders and Ishmel Evans — saw their careers end.

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