Bishop Guilfoyle needed an entire team effort to overcome a stubborn Bishop Carroll squad on Saturday night at Mansion Park.
The Marauders overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Huskies 14-7, winning their fourth straight and improving to 4-2.
“Give credit to them, they are a great football team,” Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “They gave us everything we could handle tonight.
“Brandon (Chadbourn) is a tremendous athlete but across the board with D.J. Kitt, Sam McCloskey, Nick Little, Matt Gormley usually they are the unsung heroes every week. They ran the ball hard and got us some big first downs. And our offensive line has gotten so much better since Week 1. They are very young but this is four wins in a row and it’s mostly due to our offensive line.”
The Huskies (3-3) took the opening drive and drove 75 yards on 17 plays capped by a
2-yard Tyler Janosik run. The Alex Gruss kick put Carroll ahead 7-0.
The drive took nearly nine minutes and consisted of all but one passing play.
The Marauders offense was stuck in first gear and couldn’t sustain any drives in the first half.
Guilfoyle lost a fumble on one series that was recovered by Kenny Weiland and were stopped on another by an Alex Repko interception, but the Huskies were unable to capitalize on the mistakes.
“It was huge that we didn’t score on those turnovers,” Carroll coach Greg Snyder said. “First and 10 at the 11-line and that would give us a 14-0 lead if we can punch it in or even 10-0 if we make the field goal. We didn’t finish.”
Guilfoyle took the second-half kickoff and drove 62 yards on 13 plays, scoring on a Brandon Chadbourn 1-yard run. Jared Verba added the kick to even the game at 7 at the 5:15 mark of the third.
“At halftime, we came in and said we made some mistakes offensively with two turnovers in the first half and we only had the ball for something like 16 plays,” Wheeler said. “I told them if we could just settle down. I know it’s a big game with some young kids playing. Settle down and do what we do and get back to basics.”
The Marauders got the ball back on downs near midfield with 2:38 left in the third.
The Blair County squad put together an eight-play drive, with Nick Little scoring from the 1.
Verba’s kick put Guilfoyle ahead 14-7.
The Huskies played without starting quarterback David Maruca. Brody Shuty was at the helm for Carroll.
“In the first half, we controlled the ball and the tempo,” Snyder said. “We came out and did what we wanted to do. We had a guy that never played quarterback in his life in there in Brody Shuty and he had one week to prepare. He did one heck of a job and we are going to get better with this.
“We made some mental mistakes and we didn’t finish some drives. I felt we moved the ball the whole game and had a slip up here or there. Our inability to pass the ball hurt us a little bit in the second half. They stepped up in the second half against us. Our kids played as hard as they could. We came to their house on homecoming and we almost snuck out of here with a victory. I want the opportunity to play them again and hopefully we will.”