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October 5, 2013

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Bishop Carroll (3-2)

at Bishop Guilfoyle (3-2)

The Huskies took a step back last Saturday night when their offense struggled to put points on the board after outgaining a surging Central Cambria squad 170-10 in the first half at Loretto. The Red Devils took advantage of an early interception, and finally wore down the Bishop Carroll defense late in the third, marching 69 yards on seven plays with under five minutes remaining and taking a 14-7 lead on Will Seymour’s 6-yard dive. Central Cambria sealed the win with an 18-play drive, capping the night’s scoring on Colby Crimmins’ 23-yard field goal.

Bishop Carroll, which had the ball at the Red Devil 1-yard line twice in the first half, started last week’s game a little sluggish, according to Huskies coach Greg Snyder. It was a problem addressed early this week with a key conference and district clash with the Marauders on the horizon.

“I think the kids did a great of job of moving on and putting last week’s game behind us,” Snyder said. “We have to do a better job of finishing drives, and that’s something we’ve worked on this week. But we’re moving on and I believe the kids are learning from their mistakes and are working harder. That’s really all we can do, move forward and get better each week.”

And Tyler Janosik is just the man to lead the Huskies to their fourth win, as the senior quarterback has rushed for 445 yards on 93 carries, scoring five touchdowns. On defense, he leads the Huskies with 47 tackles. A strong defensive team, the Huskies have a total of five players, including Janosik – Alex Keim (42), Kenny Weiland (35), Marty Lessard (34) and Alex Repko (31) – with more than 30 tackles on the season.

Snyder, however, sees the Marauders as a mirror image of his squad.

After losing its first two games of the season to Bedford (13-10) and Richland (43-14), Bishop Guilfoyle has sprung to three straight LHAC wins – including an eyebrow-lifting 40-14 romp over Forest Hills two weeks ago. The Marauders handled Penn Cambria 35-0 last week.

“They remind me a lot of us on defense,” Snyder said. “They’re very quick to the ball. They have a lot of great athletes and very capable of making big plays, so we have to be ready.”

Junior Brandon Chadbourne leads the Marauders’ defense with 47 tackles from his defensive back spot, while senior linebacker Nick Little owns 46, including nine tackles for losses.

On offense, Bishop Guilfoyle is paced by senior Damon Rickens, a slash-type quarterback who has completed 14 of 35 passes for 132 yards through five games while rushing for 55 yards and a score. Junior Sam McCloskey is the Marauders’ top rusher, gaining 242 yards on 43 carries and three touchdowns. Junior Matt Gormley is the team’s top receiver with eight grabs for 93 yards and a TD.


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