LeBlond holds off Van Horn
By By Chris Bils St. Joseph News-Press
After a sluggish start, St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond came storming back to beat Van Horn 44-27 after a 90-minute lighting delay at halftime Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
The Falcons (1-1) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind touchdown runs of 75 and 20 yards by J.J. Rivers, who ran for 225 yards on 25 carries.
The Golden Eagles’ (2-0) 42-point run started with 4 seconds to play in the first quarter when senior running back Alex Pyatt returned a kickoff 89 yards to make it 14-7 after the PAT by senior T.L. Romesburg.
Van Horn gave the ball back on its next play from scrimmage as LeBlond senior Cort Patrick stepped in front of a pass by Falcons quarterback Samila Sua and returned it to the Van Horn 22-yard line.
Patrick hauled in a touchdown pass by Jack Schanze on the very next play, the first of four touchdown passes in as many throws for the senior quarterback.
The Falcons turned the ball over again on their next possession, this time on a fumble by Rivers.
Schanze hit Trey Hartman for a 10-yard score, then followed that with another 45-yard strike to Patrick following a three-and-out by the Van Horn offense. Two failed PATs made it 25-14 in favor of the Eagles, who scored four touchdowns in less than five minutes.
Another three-and-out led to a 7-play drive that resulted in a 24-yard Romesburg field goal.
LeBlond rounded out the first half with a 46-yard touchdown on a screen pass from Schanze to Patrick.
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