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October 25, 2013

Friday night preview: Huskies, Bison to square off in LHAC

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Carrol’s Brody Shuty began the season catching passes for the Huskies.

Now, the senior captain is throwing them.

Turns out, Shuty is pretty effective running Carroll’s offense from the quarterback position.

The 5-3 Huskies will need a big game out of Shuty and Company tonight against 6-2 Bedford at St. Francis University (7:30 p.m.).

“Last (week) was his third game at quarterback,” Huskies coach Greg Snyder said of Shuty. “He’s an athlete. He can make things happen. He gives us a big time threat to the outside to run, and that certainly helps our inside game. The last two weeks our offense has really been clicking.”

Injuries forced Shuty into the quarterback spot during a 14-7 loss to a Bishop Guilfoyle team that brings a six-game winning streak into this week.

The Huskies defense has been formidable throughout the season, but the offense has come up big the past two weeks in wins at Johnstown (47-35) and against Cambria Heights (36-14).

“Brody has been phenomenal. He had around 100 yards rushing against Johnstown,” Snyder said. “He almost had 100 yards rushing against Guilfoyle, and he almost had 100 passing yards against Heights. He’s a great kid, a really smart kid. He’s really stepped up.”

Shuty has completed 8 of 28 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He’s rushed for 265 yards on 39 carries, a 6.8 average, to complement Carroll’s standout senior back Tyler Janosik, who has 742 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 139 carries. Shuty had 271 receiving yards on 15 catches before the move.

“Janosik is a threat running the football. We want to make sure we limit his yardage,” Bedford coach Kevin Steele said.

 “With Shuty at quarterback the last couple weeks they’ve scored a few more points and he’s a threat running the ball. They’ve diversified their attack.”

Bedford beat Central Cambria (28-14) last week to successfully rebound from a tough setback at Somerset (35-27).

The Bisons have multiple contributors on offense, with quarterback Austin Montgomery throwing for 601 yards, four touchdowns and an interception, and four backs with 300 or more rushing yards. Junior Jeremiah Bingham (456 yards, six touchdowns), senior Kody Blevins (383, three), sophomore Montgomery (345, seven) and sophomore August Cook (307, four) have combined for 20 touchdowns.

“Our kids continue to improve each week,” Steele said. “They’re working very hard. We have a very coachable group of young men.

“Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of kids step up. Both older kids and younger kids have played very well. Our offensive line has done a nice job. Between Montgomery, Bingham, Cook and Blevins, we’ve had several weapons. We continue to seek balance both running and throwing the football.”

Steele knows Carroll presents some challenges.

“They’re a very aggressive defense. They have good size and athleticism,” he said. “They’ve had good success on defense and created turnovers. Teams have not had a lot of success against them. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”

Snyder sees similarities on the line.

“I like our size and I like our speed up front,” Snyder said. “Bedford is a big team. They remind me of our team a little bit.

“They like to throw a little more than we do. We like to grind it out and pound it out. Games can be won in the trenches. We’re going to have to see if our line can get to their line in order for us to be successful.”

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