St. Joe LeBlond romps past St. Joe Benton
By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
Clinging to a slim lead, Bishop LeBlond turned back the page to some plays from this summer. After seeing Benton in a 7-on-7 passing camp, the Golden Eagles stored away some plays that worked, and in the second half, they executed them to perfection in a 27-10 win Friday night at Sparks Field.
Clinging to a slim lead, Bishop LeBlond turned back the page to some plays from this summer.
After seeing Benton in a 7-on-7 passing camp, the Golden Eagles stored away some plays that worked, and in the second half, they executed them to perfection in a 27-10 win Friday night at Sparks Field.
The victory marked the second straight for the Eagles (4-3, 2-3 MEC) over the Cardinals (0-7, 0-5). Clinging to a tenuous 6-3 edge, LeBlond scored three touchdowns to break the game open after a 2½-hour weather delay.
“We made a few changes to our offense to help out the O-line and found a way to get them in positions and found plays that worked,” said wide receiver Patrick Dillon, who had four catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. “We had a couple of plays we ran in the summer that we knew worked and they would game plan for them.
“The key was not doing those plays and wait until the heat of the moment, when it was the last thing they were thinking about and then running those plays.”
LeBlond used a pair of big plays from Matthew McCullough to Dillon to break the game open.
On the next to last play of the first half, McCullough hit Dillon, who beat a Benton defender and outran the Cardinals defense for a 70-yard touchdown. Though the extra point was missed, LeBlond took a 6-3 lead into halftime.
“The biggest play, I think, from a motivitational standout point was scoring right before half,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “Like I told the kids, that is where the hundreds 7-on-7 games come in. You never know it may be a difference maker. That was big.”
The Eagles drove down to the Benton 23-yard line on the first drive of the third quarter, but turned it over on downs. Benton went three-and-out and punted.
Three plays later, McCullough kept the ball and ran off left tackle on his way for a 45-yard touchdown, bumping the lead to 13-3.
LeBlond all but locked up the win and extended Benton’s MEC losing streak to 16 games in a row in the final stanza. The first play of the fourth quarter, on a fourth-and-4 play from the Benton 36, McCullough threw a 36-yard touchdown strike to Dillon.
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