Friday’s annual contest between Savannah and Bishop LeBlond was no neat affair.
Both teams slogged through the mud for four quarters after a week’s worth of rain had no small effect on the condition of the playing field at Savannah High School.
But even if you were to wash away all of the grime from the evening’s contest, you still would be left with one of the ugliest blowouts of the young high school football season. The Savages achieved a relentless 84-14 victory over the Golden Eagles.
The 69-point loss was the most-ever suffered in LeBlond coach Tony Dudik’s 42 years as a football coach as Savannah totaled 475 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground alone in the game. The lion’s share came from senior running back Titan Irvine, who finished with 203 yards and three scores.
Savannah coach Randy Schrader expressed admiration for the Eagles’ program, staff and players, while acknowledging that they can’t afford to bask in the glow of triumph for very long.
“We needed this, and unfortunately it was at the expense of LeBlond. I have great respect for coach Dudik and I worked with him when I first came to the area in 2016, so I love the way they run the program. But we did a lot of good things,” Schrader said. “You can’t play the perfect game and we definitely have some things we need to clean up before we get to Lafayette next week. Luckily we didn’t look past these guys, but we’ve already moved on.”
He also noted the total dominance of his squad at the line of scrimmage, saying “the offensive line has kind of been taking a beating over the first two weeks, had some big malfunctions against Pleasant Hill and they really seemed to fix that (Friday night).”
Savannah quarterback Chase Spoonemoore, who finished with 86 yards on the ground and four scores combined between his arm and legs, said his squad had been prepping for the slugfest Friday night.
“You should see our practice field, it’s an absolute mud pit. So we knew (Friday’s) game would be muddy and we worked on our short, choppy steps,” Spoonemoore said. “Hopefully this win breaks the losing streak and gets us on the right track. The line’s been working really hard at practice and they got it done.”
On the perseverance of his team, Eagles coach Dudik pointed his squad toward having pride in the effort they’ve chosen to give by coming out on the field every Friday.
“There’s absolutely positives to this game. These 25 guys who came out and have chosen to represent our school, they are men of character, they are men of integrity and I respect them. I told them that if you go through your life and live to be a hundred years old, you won’t remember that score but you’ll remember being a football player,” Dudik said. “Nobody wants to experience something like this, but it’s part of life and it is absolutely not the worst thing that will happen in anybody’s life.”