Pembroke Hill rallies past St. Joe LeBlond

By James Howey News-Press Now
Posted: August 18, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Bishop LeBlond went into the locker room with all the momentum.

But the Golden Eagle returned after the game with nothing to show for it.

They led Pembroke Hill by 15 after two quarters and had a double-digit lead in the final frame, but the Raiders came back to win 30-27 on Friday night at Eagle Stadium.

The Golden Eagles led a mostly dominant half of football, but it slowly relinquished. The Raiders scored 24 points in the second half to pull out the win.

The LeBlond defense was stifling for most of the first half of the game as it took a 21-6 lead. The Eagles forced four turnovers that helped give the them their double-digit lead. LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said that his squad missed chances to put the game out of reach in the first half.

“I’d maybe call this a game of opportunities, and I’m not sure we always took full advantage of that,” Dudik said. “Even in the first half, one of our field goals should have been a touchdown.”

Stopping the running game of Pembroke Hill was a constant problem all night for the Eagles. The Raiders (1-0) accumulated more than 400 yards on the ground and 281 of those came from senior running back Yakini Kasimu. His 90-yard touchdown made the score 27-18 and started an 18-0 run that was the turning point in the game.

Dudik said the Raiders used a unique and challenging running attack.

“They had the fastest player on the field,” Dudik said. “They did a very good job of running out of different formations on offense.”

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