LeBlond edges East Buchanan in overtime
By Randy Speer The St. Joseph News-Press
Four quarters were not enough to decide Friday night’s contest between East Buchanan and Bishop LeBlond. The Eagles needed the extra period to get their offense going before beating the Bulldogs 8-0 in overtime at Eagle Stadium.
Junior quarterback Sean Davis scampered three yards for the game’s only score before senior Paul Sanchez ended the game with an interception in the end zone.
“It was a great game, we never gave up,” Sanchez said. “We had some hard times, but we went in there and scored, got the job done.”
East Buchanan (1-1) the overtime coin flip and elected to start on defense. LeBlond, who had been stunted all night, in part because of the soggy field conditions and a staunch Bulldog defense, finally got clicking.
“We answered when we had to and then the defense stepped up,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik
Davis found senior Mason Cross on a 12-yard connection to start the period, then senior running back Jacob Raczkowski pounded out a 10-yard run to put the Eagles within three yards of pay dirt.
On second down, Davis finished the drive with a three yards to put the Eagles up 6-0. Junior Kalvin Hudson missed the PAT, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the Eagles a second life, and they made the most of it.
Davis found senior Jack Gall for the two-point conversion, leaving East Buchanan with only the option to force a second overtime.
The Bulldogs faced a third and long when sophomore Tyler Schottel heaved the ball into the end zone. Sanchez hauled in the pass, the Eagles giving the Eagles the win. It was a fitting end to a night meant to honor Dudik for his 40 years of coaching.
Weather played a heavy factor in Friday night's contest as heavy rain rendered Eagle Stadium a mud bowl and forced much of the action on the ground. Neither team was able to get much of anything offensively.
“Our kids lined up and played physical football tonight and I was so proud to see the mental toughness was there,” East Buchanan coach Kevin Bryan said.
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