LeBlond edges Chillicothe on late field goal
In a game of abundant second chances, Bishop LeBlond scored twice in the final 2:09 to steal a 25-23 Midland Empire Conference win over Chillicothe on Friday night at Spratt Stadium.
“We’re very fortunate,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “Everything had to fall our way to make that happen, and LeBlond deserved the ball to bounce our way tonight.”
Senior kicker T.L. Romesburg kicked the game-winning field goal from 26 yards out as time expired, just minutes after he missed an extra point that would have tied the game.
The Golden Eagles (4-1, 2-1 MEC) fell behind for the first time all game when senior running back DeEll Midgyett scored on a 5-yard run to make it 23-16 in favor of the Hornets (3-2, 1-2) with 2 minutes, 21 seconds to go.
LeBlond came right back behind the poise of senior quarterback Jack Schanze, who completed two quick passes of 11 and 16 yards to senior wide receiver Cort Patrick before firing a 54-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Quinten Obermier, who was wide open at the 5-yard line and waltzed in to pull the Eagles within one.
“I looked at (Patrick), and the safety came down and bit,” Schanze said. “I saw (Obermier) sitting 45 yards down the field wide open so I just launched it to him. We got lucky, I guess.”
Romesburg missed the ensuing extra point and saw his onside kick recovered by Chillicothe with only 1:52 on the clock.
The Eagles’ defense stuffed senior running back Luke Plummer on a third down-and-4, and Dudik used his timeouts wisely to put the ball back in Schanze’s hands with 24 seconds remaining.
Starting at his own 38, Schanze called a tunnel screen for Patrick that went 41 yards. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, the gunslinger looked for Trey Hartman at the right pylon, and the junior wide receiver drew a pass interference call that set the ball at the 50-yard line for Romesburg’s winning kick.
“It was on his shoulders and he did it, and that is a memory that will stay with him the rest of his life,” Dudik said of his kicker.
LeBlond took the lead at the 6:11 mark in the first quarter when Schanze hit Hartman from 16 yards, and Romeburg tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0.
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