A rough transition to the 8-man game turned much sweeter for Bishop LeBlond on Friday as the Golden Eagles rolled past Veritas Christian (Kan.) 75-14 at Eagle Stadium.
It’s the first victory in LeBlond’s venture into 8-man, bringing the young record to 1-2 under new head coach Eric Fairchild.
The scoring started early and didn’t let down, growing to 47-0 midway through the second quarter. That’s when freshman Landon Gardner pulled the tricks out of the bag, flipping two passes in a Patrick Mahomes-like manner for a first down and touchdown. Reggie Love was on the receiving end of both tosses.
Up 55-0, LeBlond nearly sniffed out a possession in the red zone after the Eagles coughed up the ball on a mishandled handoff, though the Eagles settled for a forced punt.
A few plays later, junior Fred Lageschulte took a swing pass from Gardner, juked past a defender and sprinted 44 yards to pay dirt to extend the lead to 63-0.
The win for LeBlond (1-2) comes after two brutal weeks against top-ranked 8-man schools in Pattonsburg and North Andrew. The two entered Friday night unbeaten and faced off, Pattonsburg winning 68-62. LeBlond remained competitive in stretches of both games, even outscoring the Panthers in the second half in Week 1.
LeBlond will take on Stanberry on the road next week before an off week from their first four weeks of a new 8-man journey.