Leblond cruises past Lexington

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 31, 2013 - 11:46 PM



Bishop LeBlond coach Tony Dudik thought Lexington’s passing game was average and that his defense had a chance to make big plays Thursday.

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The Golden Eagles picked off a pair of first-half passes to help build a comfortable lead at Spratt Stadium before blowing the Minutemen away 67-6 in a Class 2 District 8 first-round game.

LeBlond advances to play Lathrop in the semifinals — a rematch of last year’s district title game where the Mules dominated the Eagles in a 41-14 rout.

After the Eagles’ offense scored on its first possession of the first quarter, LeBlond’s secondary made sure that the lead swelled in the district opener.

Junior defensive back Cort Patrick picked off Lexington quarterback Jevon Williams at the Minutemen’s 38-yard line and raced toward the LeBlond sideline. Patrick unveiled a pair of nifty juke moves to escape capture and crossed the goal line to put the hosts up 13-0 midway through the opening frame.

“That was big to really take control of the momentum,” Patrick said. “It really got all of us going and excited the sidelines.”

The LeBlond defense bolstered the advantage again in the second quarter after the Minutemen pulled within a score at 13-6 with less than a minute remaining in the first.

Lexington’s offense finally looked to be building momentum on LeBlond (5-5) with a medium-range pass and a pair of bruising runs up the middle on its opening possession of the second frame, but back-to-back penalties and an incomplete pass put the Minutemen in a third-and-22 situation.

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The veteran leader’s assessment proved correct.