Each Buchanan holds off St. Joe Leblond
By Chris Bils The St. Joseph News-Press
East Buchanan quarterback Colby Rapp will leave a legacy as one of Northwest Missouri’s all-time great passers, but he will forever remember the night he kept his team’s season alive by becoming a power runner.
With the Bulldogs trailing Bishop LeBlond in the fourth quarter and backed up deep inside their own territory, Rapp seemingly willed East Buchanan down the field for the go-ahead touchdown in an 18-9 victory in a Class 2 District 8 semifinal at East Buchanan High School.
“I knew we had to get it together, and I was going to do anything I could to get that accomplished. Running’s not really my forte, but that’s what it was tonight,” said Rapp, who ran for a game-high 104 yards on 15 carries.
The Golden Eagles (5-6) had the Class 2 No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (11-0) on the ropes thanks in part to a well thought-out and even better executed defensive game plan. The other factor was a driving rain that started prior to kickoff and lasted throughout the game, putting a damper on East Buchanan’s high-powered passing attack.
Those factors combined to give LeBlond a 9-6 halftime lead that it carried into the fourth quarter.
With 8 minutes, 35 seconds left in the game and the ball on their own 11-yard line, East Buchanan finally improvised. Or rather, Rapp finally decided he had enough. As the Eagles continued to bring just two defensive linemen and drop nine into coverage, the senior gunslinger took what the defense gave him — and then some.
First-down runs of 41, 7 and 6 yards helped move the Bulldogs inside the LeBlond 10-yard line, where Rapp went around the right edge for a 6-yard touchdown run that gave East Buchanan its first lead of the game at 12-9 with 5:08 to play.
“He’s been a competitor since he was so young,” East Buchanan coach Kevin Bryan said of Rapp. “... He doesn’t get flustered, he stays really calm. He decided at that point that he was going to put the whole thing on his shoulders.”
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