LORETTO - It wouldn't be altogether inaccurate to describe Bishop Carroll's 36-14 victory over Cambria Heights Saturday night as a game filled with rarities.
The scoring began with both teams returning 46-yard fumble recoveries for touchdowns in the first quarter.
Marty Lessard picked up a Dennis Link fumble to put the game's first points on the board less than two minutes in to the game. The extra point attempt by Alex Gruss was blocked.
The Highlanders scored in a much more unconventional way. Brody Shuty intercepted a Richard Legros pass and returned it 12 yards before fumbling the ball. Joey Owens recovered for Heights at the 46 and ran it in for the score, giving the Highlanders a 7-6 lead with seven minutes to play in the first quarter.
"We just scored a touchdown on a fumble, then we get an interception, and, all of sudden, they scored," said Huskies coach Greg Snyder. "It was weird. But our kids went out and rebounded from that. They took it in stride."
Two drives later, BC's Dan Lesney returned a Johnny Galinis punt inside the Cambria Heights 20. The five-play drive was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Tyler Janosik. The 2-point conversion pass attempt failed, leaving Carroll with a 12-7 lead.
Gruss tacked on a 26-yard field goal at the end of the first half, extending the Huskies' lead to 15-7 at intermission.
Also somewhat out of the ordinary was the 98-yard passing performance by Bishop Carroll fourth-string quarterback Brody Shuty, who completed 5-of-8, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Alex Repko.
"This was his second week playing quarterback and he did a heck of a job," Snyder said. "Last week, we relied on his legs a little bit. This week, we wanted to let him throw a little bit...We were looking to get him some really high-percentage passes to help him read the defense a little bit better. If you've never read a defense in your life, you're going to struggle."
Repko was Shuty's biggest target, pulling in three catches for 63 yards.
The Huskies' running game provided its usual contributions, totaling 234 yards and three touchdowns. Dan Lesney led Bishop Carroll (4-3) out of the backfield with 92 yards on six carries, the biggest of which was a 68-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter.
BC's Tyler Janosik added 61 yards on 12 carries. Repko chipped in 50 yards, the majority coming on a fourth-quarter 45-yard touchdown run.
The Cambria Heights offense managed just 111 yards, all but 1 of which came on the ground. The Highlanders had only 21 yards at halftime. After recovering a fumble in the final minutes of the game, Cambria Heights set up its offense at the BC 35. CH (1-6) got down to the 2-yard line before time expired.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cambria Heights7 0 0 7 - 14
Bishop Carroll6 9 14 7 - 36
BC-Lessard 46 fumble return (kick failed), 10:36.
CH-Owens 46 fumble return (Galinis kick), 7:11.
BC-Janosik 4 run (pass failed), 11:47.
BC-Gruss 26 FG
BC-Lesney 68 run (Gruss kick), 11:47.
BC-Repko 33 pass from Shuty (Gruss kick), 2:13.
BC-Repko 45 run (Gruss kick), 11:27.
CH-D. Link 1 run (Galinis kick), 2:22.
RUSHING: Cambria Heights-D. Link 12-53, Josh Fees 15-31, Austin Gill 3-22, Stephen Flis 1-8, Jared Shank 1-7, Legros 3-0, Trenton Coy 5-(-5), Team 1-(-6). Bishop Carroll-Lesney 6-92, Janosik 12-61, Repko 5-50, Dan Frederick 6-24, Lessard 5-18, Shuty 4-9, Josh Surkovich 1-(-5), Team 2-(-10).
RECEIVING: Cambria Heights-Coy 1-1. Bishop Carroll-Repko 3-63, Lesney 1-22, Scott Holsinger 1-13.
PASSING: Cambria Heights-Legros 1-8-1-1. Bishop Carroll-Shuty 5-8-0-98.
INTERCEPTIONS: Cambria Heights-none. Bishop Carroll-Shuty 1-12.