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October 3, 2013

Five wins, no losses and nothing easy for fourth-ranked Albia

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Leshen’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Hugen two weeks ago at Davis County rallied the Blue Demons from a 20-14 deficit midway through the fourth quarter. Last Friday, Bondurant-Farrar responded after giving up a game-opening safety to score touchdowns on consecutive drives to open a 12-point first half lead.

And even after rallying from that deficit to take a one-point lead, the Blue Jays tested the resilience of the Blue Demons once more by driving right down the field twice to take seven-point leads with go-ahead touchdowns each time after an Albia score. Led by Leshen, who contributed to all six Blue Demon touchdowns, the Blue Demons saved the best for last shutting out Bondurant-Farrar in the final quarter while consecutive touchdown connections to Hugen finally rallied Albia for a lead that would stick at 42-36 with under seven minutes left in the contest.

“We haven’t won five straight games forever. To win the fifth straight game against a team as good as Bondurant-Farrar is huge for us,” Leshen said after piling up 304 of his 373 total yards through the air, going 11-14 with five touchdowns passing the football Friday. “It feels good whenever we are in those close situations that no one is getting down on each other and every keeps doing their jobs. It’s awesome to see.”

For head coach Jerry Staton, seeing his team come through in the final minutes is a tribute to the hard work the Blue Demon players have put in to be the better team when a game is coming down the stretch.

“I think true platoon football wore (Bondurant-Farrar) down,” Staton said. “In the fourth quarter, they didn’t score and we were still moving the football. There’s something to be said about having fresh legs out there on the field in those final minutes.”

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