By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE «» The defense that did a number on Maryville's offense until a decisive late drive in week 4 made no such mistake against the Chillicothe High School football Hornets Friday.
St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond's Golden Eagles unofficially limited Chillicothe to 134 total yards and capitalized both times they took possession in Hornets territory to spoil Chillicothe’s Homecoming with a 14-0 shutout.
Both squads are 3-2 overall records with 1-2 Midland Empire Conference marks.
Bishop LeBlond safety Cort Patrick picked off two passes, the first of which set up the game’s first touchdown while the second helped seal the MEC victory midway through the fourth period.
After he grabbed Tyler Clampitt’s underthrown pass into double coverage and returned it a few yards to the Chillicothe 41 in the middle of the first quarter, Bishop LeBlond scored four plays later when quarterback Matthew McCullough fired a perfectly-delivered deep left sideline throw to Patrick Dillon for a 35-yards score with 4:27 left on the first-quarter clock.
After a Gillen Gates interception of a McCullough pass, Chillicothe moved the ball from its 23 to the Golden Eagles’ 23 in the second stanza, but Gillen Gates' fumble on an inside trap was recovered by Grant Thrasher to deny Chillicothe’s first threat.
After a short CHS punt into the wind early in the second half, Bishop LeBlond moved 45 yards in eight plays to double its lead to 14-0.
Tim Romesburg’s 14-yard gallop on a quick hitter moved the ball inside the 30. Two plays later, with a good pocket to throw from, McCullough gunned a low strike to a diving Tyler Thrasher on a post pattern for a 22-yards pickup to the CHS 6.
Four runs later, McCullough went in standing up from the 1 and Romesburg’s conversion kick was good at the 4:58 mark of the third period.
Chillicothe twice had the ball first-and-10 at the BLHS 30 or inside it in the last quarter, but could not break through.
First, Patrick picked off a fourth-and-5 throw at the 6-yard line. Then, after Chillicothe's Luke Plummer forced and Hayden Major recovered a fumble at the Bishpo LeBlond 22 two snaps later, the visitors' defense, with help from a CHS holding penalty, stopped the Hornets on downs with only about four minutes left.
McCullough unofficially finished the night throwing for 119 yards and led the running attack with 94.
Chillicothe was tracked for only 71 rushing yards and 63 through the air.
Chillicothe will welcome Lafayette next Friday.