St. Joe LeBlond rallies past Savannah

By Tom Hanrahan The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 15, 2016 - 12:35 AM

After Friday’s 20-6 win over Savannah, Bishop LeBlond coach Tony Dudik didn’t need many words to sum up what he saw from his team.

“Heart,” he said. “There were guys that did not come off the field tonight. They played every snap.

“We started talking about heart and plugging away and things started to work for us.”

What worked for the Golden Eagles (4-5, 2-5 Midland Empire Conference) didn’t get started until the second half.

LeBlond scored all of its points in the second half and engineered its first offensive touchdown since a Sept. 30 loss to Benton.

The Eagles held Savannah (1-8, 1-6 MEC) scoreless after the break after watching the Savages use a bruising running attack to control the clock and engineer drives that led to a pair of Blake McGinness field goals.

But after halftime, a new LeBlond team emerged from the locker room.

“Coach Dudik gave a really good speech about how we can’t quit and we really need this one,” said junior quarterback Sean Davis. “We just went out and made plays we needed to make and played our hearts out.”

Davis did his part. He completed 11 of 18 passes in the second half, including a pair of scoring strikes.

The Eagles weren’t without a little help from Savannah, however.

LeBlond capitalized on a pair of turnovers by the Savages and turned them into touchdowns for the winning points.

Tied at 6-6 with 11 minutes, 8 seconds left in the game, a snap sailed over the head of quarterback McGinness. The Eagles fell on the ball and turned it into a Davis pass to senior Mason Cross to take the lead at 13-6.

Savannah wasn’t finished giving the Eagles chances.

Just two plays into a drive at the 5:02 mark, McGinness fumbled on a run.

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