LORETTO - Penn Cambria had two enemies in Saturday night's Laurel Highlands football game at DeGol Field: Bishop Carroll and the clock.
The Huskies relied heavily on running backs Tyler Janosik and Dan Lesney not only to earn the Huskies a 21-0 win, but also to keep the Panthers' offense off the field.
The duo combined for 148 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and were largely responsible for taking valuable minutes off the clock.
"It just happened that way, that we were able to move the ball that well tonight," said Bishop Carroll coach Greg Snyder. "We stopped ourselves on a couple drives, but overall, offensively we played really well tonight. Defensively, too, obviously."
Penn Cambria had an opportunity to score first on a 20-play drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and start of the second, but the drive resulted in a Colin Shable blocked field goal attempt from 31 yards away.
Bishop Carroll scored on the following possession, taking the clock down to 15 seconds remaining in the half. Janosik contributed 41 yards to the drive before Lesney finished the series on a 5-yard touchdown run.
"I just followed my blocks. The line blocked really well," Janosik said. "Once we got that lead, we kept pounding the ball, taking it to them. We got a couple big drives that set us up to keep scoring."
The Huskies scored their two other touchdowns in the third quarter, a 3-yard run by Janosik and a 3-yard run by Alex Repko. Meanwhile, Penn Cambria only had eight plays from scrimmage in the third frame, including one punt.
Janosik finished with 99 yards on 18 carries, Lesney with 49 yards on 10 touches. BC totaled 239 rushing yards by game's end.
Just when Penn Cambria thought it had the Huskies' ground game stalled, quarterback David Maruca unleashed an aerial assault. Maruca completed 4-of-4 passes for 93 yards. Brody Shuty hauled in two catches for 61 yards to lead the BC receiving corps.
"When they're putting that many guys in the box, we're going to throw the ball," Snyder said. "We feel very comfortable throwing the ball. We don't have any reservations doing so. But the nice part is, our five offensive linemen don't play defense. I thought we started wearing [Penn Cambria] down and imposing our will a little bit.
"All around, I think that was our best game so far."
"They get first downs, move the ball and keep the ball away from you," PC coach Jason Grassi said. "I have to give them credit. They just pound it at you and hit you over the top every once in a while and catch you sleeping."
The Panthers had just 99 total yards of offense. Mark Mardula led the ground game with 26 yards on nine carries. He also stepped in at quarterback in the second half, completing 1-of-10 for 22 yards and one interception.
"We seemed to have it in spurts," Grassi said. "I have to do a better job of getting these guys ready to play. I take responsibility for that. I thought we fought, but we have to do it consistently, and I have to find a better way to get our offense moving a little bit more."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Penn Cambria0 0 0 0 - 0
Bishop Carroll0 7 14 0 - 21
BC-Lesney 5 run (Alex Gruss kick), 0:15.
BC-Janosik 3 run (Gruss kick), 7:29.
BC-Repko 3 run (Gruss kick), 2:34
RUSHING: Penn Cambria-Mardula 9-26, Tyler Strasser 10-17, Chad Tsikalas 3-15, Payton Behe 3-12, Jake Hurley 1-6, Dante Delerme 2-2, Team 2-(-1). Bishop Carroll-Janosik 18-99, Lesney 10-49, Dan Frederick 3-31, Marty Lessard 2-23, Alex Repko 5-16, David Swatsworth 3-15, Maruca 2-11, Alex Keim 1-11, Team 3-(-16).
RECEIVING: Penn Cambria-Hurley 1-22. Bishop Carroll-Shuty 2-61, Repko 2-32.
PASSING: Penn Cambria-Tsikalas 0-1-0-0, Mardula 1-10-1-22. Bishop Carroll-Maruca 4-4-0-93.
INTERCEPTIONS: Penn Cambria-none. Bishop Carroll-Shuty 1-0.