Lawson ends St. Joe LeBlonds' season
By Randy Speer The St. Joseph News-Press
Lawson survived a second half scare from Bishop LeBlond in the Class 2 District 8 semifinal, as the No. 10-ranked Cardinals defeated the Eagles 67-37 Friday night.
The Cardinals were led by a trio of running backs — senior Adrean Eskew, senior Corbin Menke and freshman Andrew Stephens. Combined, they accounted for 323 of the Cardinals’ 365 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
“We’ve been executing so much better up front, now we are starting to get our full offense going,” said Lawson coach Todd Dunn. “Early in the year we were pretty pass-heavy because we weren’t running the ball consistently and now we are starting to run consistently.”
Lawson came out of the gate firing as Colton Williams returned the opening kick 82 yards. Four plays later, the Cardinals were on the board with a 4-yard run by Eskew, the first of four first quarter touchdown by Lawson.
Menke extended the Cardinal lead midway through the quarter with a 60-yard scoring run, followed by a 6-yard touchdown run by Stephens.
Cody Glenn capped off the first quarter with a defensive touchdown, intercepting LeBlond’s Sean Davis and taking it back to the house for a 28-0 lead.
“They just crushed us,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said on the Cardinals’ first-quarter offense. “They were just popping us off blocks. … You sit there and study film and they did not run one play that we hadn’t practiced, it’s just hard to show it at that speed.
Eskew added his second rushing touchdown of the night — a 3-yard plunge — to give the Cardinals a 35-0 lead.
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