LeBlond rolls past AC Prep

By Craig Sims The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: August 30, 2013 - 11:28 PM



Although Bishop LeBlond came off with a 64-30 win, Tony Dudik didn’t see his optimal scenario play out Friday night.

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A pair of interceptions and a fumbled-snap by LeBlond’s starting quarterback, Matthew McCullough, helped create the early deficit for the Eagles — coming off a 7-5 season with only four players lost to graduation. The fourth-year signal-caller didn’t take long to make up for the early miscues and lead a rout only slightly delayed.

“We came out fired up,” McCullough said. “But the way we bounced back (from turnovers), we knew we could do better. We finally got it in our heads to wake up, and we got through it and that is the great thing about us.”

Following AC Prep’s opening score, McCullough and the Eagles’ offense marched 70 yards, scoring on the left-hander’s 10-yard keeper. The ensuing extra point gave LeBlond the lead for good, but the turnovers certainly created an added degree of difficulty.

Not what Dudik wanted to see from a team with so many key returners from LeBlond’s most successful season in decades.

“We lacked some energy,” Dudik said. “But you just keep plugging away because I think what we showed is we have some big-play potential. We can throw it better than we threw it. We kind of settled in there a little bit, and we can run it a little better then we ran it. We just gotta execute better, but the key thing is once we got rolling offensively, then our defense put them in several negative plays.”

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