Lawson gets past St. Joseph LeBlond

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 12, 2013 - 12:31 AM



As Bishop LeBlond coach Tony Dudik hugged his seniors and shook hands with supporters Monday night, an era ended.

After enduring one-win seasons in his first two at the helm, Dudik turned around the Golden Eagles’ program, guiding it to back-to-back district championship appearances.

Unfortunately, the most recent bid for a title to complete a resurgence ended the same as the first.

LeBlond’s offense struggled to solve Lawson’s defensive puzzle, managing one defensive score in a 13-7 defeat in the Class 2 District 8 championship at Lawson High School.

The Eagles reached the district finals for the second time in as many seasons but suffered a loss to Lathrop in last season’s appearance and the narrow defeat to Lawson (10-2) this time around.

“As freshmen, we really bought into what coach Dudik was teaching,” LeBlond quarterback Matthew McCullough said. “He’s been like a second dad to me and, just being around him, you know he cares. I mean, to get back to the district championship two years in a row was big. But unfortunately we couldn’t get either one.”

During Dudik’s first two seasons, LeBlond managed just two wins before a resurgent run a year ago sent the Eagles into the district title game. LeBlond endured a brutal Midland Empire Conference slate but nearly upset Class 3 No. 1-ranked Maryville in week 4. Then, a surprise dominating win — 34-0 victory over Lathrop — in the district semifinals seemed to redeem the disappointing 2012 that ended with a loss to the Mules.

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