St. Joe LeBlond tops Plattsburg for first win

By Bryce Mereness The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 22, 2011 - 12:03 AM



PLATTSBURG, Mo. — With 7 minutes, 23 seconds to go Friday against Plattsburg, Bishop LeBlond’s first-team offense took the field with a comfortable lead.

Five seconds later, the unit ran off the field at Plattsburg High School to a rousing round of applause with the Golden Eagles’ first win of the season secured. LeBlond won 35-7 in the Class 2 District 16 game, breaking a nine-game losing streak that dated to last year in Week 9 against the Tigers.

“It’s great,” junior running back Austin Dawkins said. “I know we got this team last year, and we just came out keeping our heads up. Don’t let us get down if we get up; if we get up, don’t let down and don’t give up.”

LeBlond’s offense didn’t look like it missed a beat with the second teamers.

Reserve Alex Pyatt broke through the middle for a 7-yard gain on their first play. However, the sophomore lost the ball on the way to the ground and Rikki Ramirez scooped up the loose ball for Plattsburg and returned it 56 yards for the Tigers’ lone score. Despite the late letdown, LeBlond dominated.

Dawkins scored four times with 141 yards on the ground. Sophomore quarterback Matthew McCullough threw for 156, including a 15-yard scoring strike to Tyler Thrasher with time winding down in the first half to put the Eagles up 28-0.

“I just felt like we really executed well,” LeBlond coach Tony Dudik said. “They came out ready to play. ... We ran the ball effectively, and Matthew had a real nice night throwing the football. We had a variety of receivers catch the football but probably the greatest thing was our defensive effort.”

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