PERU — The St. Bede Bruins held a 13-8 halftime lead over visiting Amboy/LaMoille in Friday’s season opener at the Academy, despite a heavily tilted tally of plays from scrimmage favoring the Clippers (34-18).
Those numbers caught up to the Bruins in the second half. The Clippers had the only score of the second half, a 68-yard run by Drake Barlow to squeak out a 14-13 win.
Braidy Shipp hauled in a 19-yard pass from Jack Brady, coming back for the ball, before dancing into the end zone with 2:42 left in the second quarter. Justin Shaw ran in the conversion to put the Bruins on top 14-8.
That lead held until the 7:14 mark of the third quarter, before Barlow raced for paydirt for the game-winner.
The Bruins struck first in the game on an 18-yard pass from Brady to Bailee Hopps. A missed conversion would loom largely later in the game.
Amboy tackled Shaw in the end zone on the handoff to put up two points with a safety.
Appleman scored a one-yard TD with 6:47 left in the second quarter. Amboy missed its PAT, but took an 8-6 lead.
• St. Bede won the soph prelim 12-0 on touchdowns by Daryl Senica (2 run) and Nick Szczpaniak (50-yard interception return).
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