St. Joe LeBlond tops Chillicothe

By Paul Strum Special to the St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 27, 2013 - 11:42 PM

For those who thought it was a fluke that Bishop LeBlond held the Maryville offense in check a week earlier, the Golden Eagles’ defense presented additional evidence to the contrary Friday night at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.

LeBlond held Chillicothe to 134 total yards and capitalized both times it took possession in Hornets territory to top Chillicothe 14-0.


Both squads are 3-2 overall records with 1-2 Midland Empire Conference marks.

“I’m very proud of our defense,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik commented after his team took it to the larger school in the trenches.

“That was my coaching point all week,” he said about the need to be able to physically handle the Hornets’ power/misdirection running attack.

Safety Cort Patrick picked off two passes. One set up the game’s first touchdown and the second helped seal the MEC victory midway through the fourth period.

After he grabbed Tyler Clampitt’s underthrown pass into double coverage and returned it a few yards to the Chillicothe 41 in the middle of the first quarter, LeBlond took advantage.

After Tyler Thrasher’s 12-yard run moved the ball to the Chillicothe 30, Eagles quarterback Matthew McCullough answered a 5-yard loss on the next play with a perfectly delivered deep left-sideline throw to Patrick Dillon for a 35-yard score with just less than 4 1/2 minutes left on the first-quarter clock.

Following Gillen Gates' interception of a McCullough pass, the hosts moved the ball from their 23 to the Eagles’ 23 in the second stanza, but a fumble on an inside trap was recovered by Grant Thrasher to deny Chillicothe’s first scoring threat.

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