Roll 28-7 on Homecoming as "D" throttles Bishop LeBlond, Ross runs for 261 yards, 3 TDs Friday
By PAUL STURM, Constitution-Tribune Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — For a second-straight game, the Chillicothe High School football Hornets' defense was virtually impenetrable, paving the way for a 28-7 Homecoming victory over St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond Friday night.
CHS defenders choked off the Golden Eagles' offense on only 27 total yards – including a nuns four running the ball – until Bishop LeBlond's final offensive snap when the game's outcome was long since decided.
Held to one first downs through the storm-interrupted, Midland Empire Conference contest's first 45 minutes, BLHS followed its second with a 58-yards touchdown run with only 1:42 left. That swelled its total offense for the game to a still-shriveled 85 yards on 40 snaps.
The Hornets' offense didn't just stand around and watch the defense dictate.
With senior fullback Kyle Ross ramming and rambling for 261 yards, unofficially, behind persistent blocking by the offensive line and lead backs, Chillicothe was tracked for a season-best 366 yards on offense, 347 of them on the ground, also a 2015 high. The CHS offense has surpassed 300 rushing yards three times and 300 total yards four times in five games.
Ross, having his third 10-yards game of the year, easily set a new personal-high in yards and carries (31). He now has 665 yards rushing for the season.
His impressive, but not perfect, night included touchdown runs in the first, second, and fourth quarters. the key one was his 81-yarder off right tackle a few plays after the second period began following an approximately 1-hour storm delay that also featured about a 20-minutes power outage in much of Chillicothe.
The only sour note of Ross' night was haven the ball knocked loose and recovered by Bisohp LeBlond on two of his carries. Those were CHS' first two lost fumbles of the season and, with three missed field goals by the Hornets, helped deny the Hornets an even-more decisive triumph.
Chillicothe's win improved its MEC record to 2-1 and its overall mark to 4-1. The first time it has stood 4-1 since 2009. The past two years, week five losses to Bishop LeBlond had spoiled 3-1 CHS starts.
The football Hornets play at home against next Friday, hosting 1-4 St. Joseph: Lafayette.