Smithville pounds LeBlond to stay perfect

By Brandon Zenner News-Press Now
Posted: September 22, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Smithville sophomore Isaac Miller rushed for a trio of touchdowns to keep the Warriors perfect with a 42-7 win against Bishop LeBlond on Friday at Eagle Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (2-4) forced three turnovers on consecutive possessions in the second quarter but were unable to convert any to points, setting the Warriors (6-0) up in prime position to make them pay.

Already down 7-0 on a 13-yard run by Miller, LeBlond recovered a fumble in the opening sequence of the second quarter. After forcing a punt, senior Nathaniel Bentrup came up with his sixth interception of the season only for the offense to stall out.

Another fumble recovery saw no points come from the LeBlond offense. Smithville’s Jacob Perez then caught a screen pass, broke through five LeBlond would-be tacklers and took it in for the 14-0 lead.

“Our defense kept us in the ballgame,” Smithville coach Jason Ambroson said. “We haven’t played that way for a long time. We didn’t have a lot of focus, it wasn’t the best week of practice and it showed on the offensive side of the ball … but the defense stepped up and shut the door to allow for us to get on track.”

The Golden Eagles struggled to move the ball on offense despite the defensive pressure from one of Class 4’s best. LeBlond coach Tony Dudik knew it wouldn’t suit his team well.

“It’s huge. I was really proud of how we played the first quarter and probably half of the second quarter. We had three turnovers, had the opportunity to do something with it,” Dudik said. “We didn’t make plays on offense. I felt like we had open receivers, just didn’t catch the ball well. We’re better than that.”

Miller’s second touchdown of the night came late in the first half for a 21-0 lead at the break.

Minutes after the start of the second half, Miller found pay dirt from 3 yards out to extend the lead and bring his total to three touchdowns on the night.

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