JOHNSTOWN - Bishop Carroll head coach Greg Snyder had a memorable debut to the 2013 season Friday night.
At the helm of the Huskies for the second year in a row, his club battled back from an early deficit and defeated Bishop McCort, 13-3, in a defensive battle at Johnstown's Point Stadium
"We knew our defense was going to carry us this year and tonight they did," Snyder said.
They did indeed.
The Huskies held the Crimson Crushers without a first down until early in the fourth quarter, forced three McCort turnovers, and gave up just 71 total yards.
"These kids worked so hard, they created an opportunity to be successful, and they produced it on the field," Snyder said.
The Huskies fought through some early difficulties.
n A red-zone opportunity on the game's initial series came up empty as the Crushers stopped BC on downs.
McCort was able to take advantage of an opportunity to give itself an early lead.
The second of back-to-back Bishop Carroll fumbles later in the quarter led to a 42-yard field goal by Braden Junker that gave McCort a 3-0 lead.
Bishop Carroll erased that advantage late in the first half as the Huskies engineered an eight-play, 49-yard scoring drive.
A balanced attack on the ground wound up helping the Carroll offense.
Rushes of 12 yards by Tyler Janosik and 11 yards by Dan Lesney set up Janosik's 1-yard touchdown with 1:00 remaining before the break.
The Huskies' defense came up with the biggest play of the night on the opening series of the third quarter.
McCort replaced an ineffective Nemo Trexler at quarterback with sophomore Blake Wade, but that proved no better for the Crimson Crushers.
Wade's third-down throw was picked off by Alex Repko, and the senior returned it the distance for a 38-yard touchdown.
Alex Gruss added the extra point for a 13-3 lead that put the Huskies in control of the contest.
McCort's defense held the Huskies to just 141 total yards, but Bishop Carroll avoided any costly mistakes and made timely plays in the second half.
Snyder more than admitted to his team playing it safe from that point on.
"We didn't want to risk anything, and we got just enough to get some first downs and milk the clock once we got the lead" Snyder said.
Bishop McCort did mount another drive to try and put some points on the board.
However, after Junker's 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide with 3:13 left, the Huskies were able to effectively run out the clock and secure the win.
Janosik led the Huskies with 48 yards on the ground, while Lesney had two of Bishop Carroll's three interceptions on defense.
Bishop?Carroll will host Somerset next Friday. Somerset defeated Central Cambria, 28-6, in its opener.
Bishop?Carroll0 6 7 0 - 13
Bishop McCort3 0 0 0 - 3
BM- Junker 42 FG 1:16
BC-Janosik 1 run (kick failed) 1:00
BC-Repko 38 interception return (Gruss kick) 10:51
Rushing: Bishop?Carroll - Repko 7-20, Lesney 10-30, Shuty 2-38, Janosik 16-48, Maruca 7-(-4), Surkovich 1-5, Woo 1-2, Frederick 2-9. Bishop McCort - Rugg 9-32, Trexler 12-14, Smith 3-7, Wade 1-minus 12, DiFrancesco 1- (-1)
PASSING: Bishop Carroll - Maruca 1-7-1-(-7), Repko 0-1-0-0. Bishop McCort - Trexler 3-7-0-20, Wade 1-8-3-10
Receiving: Bishop Carroll - Janosik 1-(-7). Bishop McCort - Formica 3-24, DiFrancesco 1-6
INTERCEPTIONS: Bishop?Carroll - Repko, Lesney 2. BIshop McCort - Burgo.
Passing Yards -7 30
Total yards 14171