Chillicothe rolls St. Joseph LeBlond
By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
Late in the third quarter, Bishop LeBlond running back Jacob Raczowski looked up and saw something that had not presented itself all night: a hole in the Chillicothe defense.
Raczowski’s touchdown run kept the Golden Eagles from suffering a shutout, but it couldn’t undo the rest of the damage as the Hornets stormed to a 28-7 victory Friday at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.
“I can’t remember a time where I felt this disappointed of a performance of a team that I’ve coached,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “That starts with me. Part of getting your kids ready as a head coach. All those (penalties) out there are on the head coach, and I’ve got to do a much better job.
“I did not see that coming. I thought it would really be a good football game.”
Chillicothe (4-1, 2-1 Midland Empire Conference) set the tone with a bruising rushing attack and an even more physical defensive front seven which held LeBlond (3-2, 1-2) to negative rushing yards until Raczowski’s burst with 1 minute, 42 seconds left in the game.
The win broke a three-game losing streak for Chillicothe against LeBlond and avenged last year’s heartbreaking loss at the last second.
“We’ve got some kids that played hard and I felt like we had a good scheme,” Chillicothe coach Phil Willard said. “Defensive coordinator Dan Nagel does a great job and I felt like our coaches worked extremely hard this week. It’s very satisfying because they’ve had our number.”
Much of the Hornets’ offense ran through senior running back Kyle Ross, to the tune of 239 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.
The first of those scores came near the end of the first quarter, when Ross busted into the end zone from 17 yards out to break a scoreless game. In pouring rain and driving wind, Chillicothe bobbled the snap on the extra point and went into the quarter break with a 6-0 advantage.
That quarter break lasted about an hour, as a storm rolled in and delayed proceedings.
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