St. Joe LeBlond tops Van Horn
By Tyler Brown The Examiner
A quick start and a strong finish was not enough for Van Horn Friday night.
After trailing by two scores only four minutes into the game, Bishop LeBlond rallied to score 31 unanswered points as they dominated the second and third quarters to defeat Van Horn 31-20 in a contest that featured a two-hour delay in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Sam Schanze led the way for the Golden Eagles completing 15 of 21 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
Schanze didn't have a favorite target either as four receivers had at least 30 yards. Senior tight end Eli Lilly led the way with 66 yards; senior wide receiver Riley Burns had 31 yards and a touchdown; senior Trey Hartman caught 42 yards and a touchdown and junior Connor Lockhart finished with 51 yards.
“We did have a lot of big receptions during the game to keep drives alive,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “Tight end middle screen to Eli Lilly was good. Riley Burns, big touchdown there. Trey Hartman had big catches.”
Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert could not have his defense focus on the passing game either, because LeBlond’s senior running back Dillon Garrett ran the ball 22 times and tallied 111 yards with two touchdowns.
The balanced attack has kept the Falcons guessing all evening.
“We knew how balanced they were,” Tolbert said. “They didn’t do anything we didn’t anticipate. I think our biggest problem was facing a team like Lathrop last week and then going up against a team that spreads it out.”
Despite the scoreless second and third quarters, there was one consistent player for the Falcons -- running back Rai’Reco Miler. The senior ran the ball 31 times for 219 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.
He accounted for two of the Falcons three touchdowns.
“He went for like 213 last week,” Tolbert said. “We know what we have in Miller. He’s not real tall but he’s got a lot of power behind him. We’re going to try to put him in as many positions as possible for him to be successful.”
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