Maybe he was inspired by seeing his counterpart, Greg Snyder, successfully call for one on a first-quarter touchdown drive, or maybe he felt it was necessary because Marauders were finding getting to the end zone to be a Herculean task, but Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic football coach Justin Wheeler decided to roll the dice on a fake punt early in the second half with his team behind.
"We've been working on that for awhile," Wheeler said. "We thought we would try to get them a little misaligned. We haven't shown any fake punts. So we worked on it this week, a little quick shift fake punt."
It was executed just as it was drawn up, and Brandon Chadbourn connected with Matt Gormley 1 yard beyond the sticks at the Bishop Carroll 40.
Photo for the Mirror by Ed Lee
Bishop Guilfoyle running back D.J. Kitt bulldozes his way through several Bishop?Carroll defenders Saturday night at Mansion Park in Altoona.
The Marauders capitalized to turn that into a 13-play drive that knotted the score, then rode the momentum to squeak out a hard-fought 14-7 Laurel Highlands Conference Section 1 win on a damp homecoming Saturday evening at Mansion Park.
Guilfoyle won its fourth straight game to go to 4-2 and set up a clash for the section title at Central Cambria on Friday - both teams are 4-0 in the section.
"The importance of this was how we came back in the game," said Marauder senior Nick Little, who helped key a BG defense that didn't allow any points after Carroll's opening drive. "That was a strong second half. We didn't get down in the first half. We came back, learned and made the plays."
There were a number of important ones. Gormley hauled in a 28-yard pass over his shoulder with a Carroll defender all over him at the Husky 6 to set up the tying score midway through the third quarter, and Chadbourn was leveled just as he released that pass. Chadbourn later eluded another near sack when he somehow dumped the ball off to D.J. Kitt, who scampered 11 yards on a key third-and-7 on the go-ahead drive. The Marauder defense stopped Brody Shuty 2 yards short on a third-quarter fourth down, and Little sacked Shuty at his own 14 late to snuff BC's last chance.
It all started, though, when Chadbourn shifted from the gunner position back to quarterback on fourth-and-7 at the BC 48 and hooked up with Gormley at the 40 on the Carroll sideline.
"We worked on that in practice. I knew what we could do. I had a reliable receiver out there, and I just got it to him and got a first down," Chadbourn said.
Chadbourn eventually pushed into the end zone from the 1 to tie the game at seven. Guilfoyle only ran 16 plays in the first half, turning it over twice.
"We knew we made mistakes, and, if we fixed those up, we could get the lead back," said Chadbourn, who rushed for 81 yards and threw for another 69.
After turning back Carroll on its second fake punt of the game, the Marauders marched 52 yards in eight plays. Little carried the last yard 35 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The Huskies dropped their second straight heartbreaker to a rival, falling to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the section - they were beaten 17-7 by Central Cambria last week. Playing with Shuty, a receiver, at quarterback in place of the injured David Maruca, Carroll marched 75 yards on 17 plays and ate 8:57 off the clock after taking the opening kickoff. Shuty ran 16 yards on a fourth-and-14 fake punt to keep the drive alive, and Tyler Janosick scored on a 2-yard run.
"The first half, we controlled the ball, we controlled the tempo," Snyder said. "On drives, we just didn't finish a couple there. We moved the ball the whole game. We just had a slip up here and there, and our inability to throw the ball I think came back to haunt us a bit."
Carroll forced a pair of turnovers in the first half but had two drives stall in Guilfoyle's side of the field with an opportunity to add to its lead.
"Our mindset was 'don't let them score,'" Little said. "We've got to be a team. We're a pack of dogs. We had to attack."
Shuty ran for a game-high 93 yards, while Janosik tacked on 65. The teams meet again in November in the District 6 Class A playoffs.
"We've got a great team. We came into their house for homecoming and almost snuck out with a victory," Snyder said. "I just want the opportunity to play them again."
Game notes: Jennifer Patterson was crowned homecoming queen, and Brendan Trybus was the king. ... Guilfoyle outgained Carroll by 1 yard, 231-230. ... The Huskies host Bishop Carroll next Saturday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Carroll7 0 0 0 - 7
Bishop Guilfoyle0 0 7 7 - 14
BC-Janosik 2 run (Gruss kick), 3:03.
BG-B. Chadbourn 1 run (Verba kick), 5:15.
BG-Little 1 run (Verba kick), 11:25.
RUSHING: Bishop Carroll-Shuty 19-93, Janosik 13-65, Lesney 3-20, Repko 2-11, Lessard 2-5, Frederick 1-(-1). Bishop Guilfoyle-B. Chadbourn 16-81, McCloskey 13-62, Kitt 4-18, Little 2-3, Yasulitis 1-0, TEAM 2-(-2).
PASSING: Bishop Carroll-Shuty 1-7-0-37. Bishop Guilfoyle-B. Chadbourn 7-11-1-69.
RECEIVING: Bishop Carroll-Noel 1-37. Bishop Guilfoyle-Gormley 2-36, Miller 2-20, McCloskey 2-2, Kitt 1-11.
INTERCEPTIONS: Bishop Carroll-Repko. Bishop Guilfoyle-none.