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|Block wins by Desire|
It wasn't the kind of start Block head coach Benny Vault was expecting. As a matter of fact, he almost missed it.
Desire Street Academy returned the opening kickoff 95 yards to tak a 6-0 lead over Block in a Class A first round playoff game in Jonesville Friday.
"I was still getting my headset out of the box," Vault said. "I came back to the sideline and saw No. 9 running the ball into the end zone."
Block would answer and score just enough points to defeat the Lions 26-20 to advance to the second round.
"Well, I knew they were supposed to score one touchdown," Vault said. "So I was just trying to stay positive and keep the team positive. We moved down the field and put points on the board, which is what we needed to do. I was really disappointed in our speical teams play."
Block (7-3) scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to VaShawn Davis. Chris Collins made the extra point for a 7-6 Bears lead.
Block quarterback Curdarius Johnson compled 6-of-8 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 2:58 to go until halftime and added a nine-yard touchdown run to give the Bears a 20-14 halftime lead. Johnson passed 23 yards to Tevin O'Steen for a 26-14 lead.
John Bloodsaw led Block's running game with 18 carries for 85 yards and Collins added 61 yards on 13 carries.
Bloodsaw hyperextended his knee in the contest.
"We're holding him out of practice this week and hoping he'll be ready to go Friday," Vault said.
Block faces No. 25 seed Cedar Creek in Ruston, La. next Friday at 7 p.m. in the regional round. Cedar Creek advanced with an upset win over No. 8 seed St. Edmund.
"I predicted that because Cedar Creek has been coming on strong lately," Vault said. "They were ranked No. 1 going into last year and have a few of those guys back. We have to make some key stops on defense and take advantage of everything we get on offense. They are real big and the first team we play that has guys going only one way. They are well coached and stick to their scheme."
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