BELLWOOD - Maybe not shocking, but certainly surprising.
That was Bishop Carroll Catholic's 33-19 upset win over defending champion Bellwood-Antis in the District 6 Class A football quarterfinals Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
If the final score wasn't stunning enough, the manner in which the Huskies got there definitely was.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Bishop Carroll’s Scott Holsinger gets by Bellwood-Antis’ Cameron Wood after a reception Saturday night.
n Bellwood scored on its first three possessions and led 19-0 before Carroll's first touchdown with 50 seconds left in the half.
n Bellwood had the ball for only one offensive series the entire third quarter while Carroll had only two series and scored both times to tie the score at 19-all.
n Carroll had only two series in the fourth quarter, too, and also scored both times.
Trailing 19-0 with five minutes left in the first half would have been enough for most teams to consider packing it in for the rest of the night. Not Bishop Carroll, though.
"It was gut-check time," BC coach Greg Snyder said.
"We knew we could play with Bellwood," Snyder said. "We knew we were capable of doing what we do best - run the ball and throw a couple passes here and there.
"Unfortunately, for my blood pressure, we've always been a slow-starting team before we get that fire," he continued. "But, I knew they'd have trouble stopping us once we got started."
Carroll entered the game as the sixth seed with a 6-4 record. Bellwood, on the other hand, was the third seed at 8-2 and was state-ranked most of the season.
Snyder admitted his Huskies were not used to the playoff stage and were a bit unnerved early.
"We were a little shellshocked," he said. "These kids have never experienced anything like this."
Once one of the top programs in the district, the Huskies had fallen on hard times in recent years. Snyder, former coach and athletic director at Bishop Guilfoyle, took over the Carroll program last season and the Huskies won only once in 10 games.
The Huskies, however, got things rolling this season and Saturday showed how far they've come.
"We're going in the right direction," Snyder said. "The kids are buying in.
"Once we got that touchdown late in the half and almost got another, there wasn't much needed to be said at halftime," Snyder said. "We came out the second half and just took control. We run the ball, run the ball, run the ball."
Bellwood dominated early. Tanner Snyder's 1-yard run opened the scoring and Snyder scored again from the 10 in the first quarter after the Blue Devils recovered a fumble. Another Carroll fumble led to B-A's third score, a 20-yard run by Casey Gray midway through the second.
The tide starting turning after that and Brody Shuty, Carroll's slick quarterback, scored from the 6 to make it 19-6 with 50 seconds left.
It was all Carroll in the second half. The Huskies took the second-half kick and got a 23-yard TD run from Alex Repko. Then, after B-A went three-and-out, the Huskies tied the score at 19-all on Shuty's 5-yard scamper.
Carroll took the lead, 25-19, early in the fourth when Dane Woo made a leaping catch of a Shuty pass in the end zone and the Huskies iced it when Tyler Janosik scored on a 13-yard burst up the middle with 2:43 left.
"We know we have three running backs and we kept them fresh," Snyder said, noting the success of Repko, Janosik and Shuty.
Shuty was the big key, however. Forced to take over the quarterbacking duties in mid-season after injuries sidelined the team's first two QBs, Shuty has been outstanding.
"He's a very great athlete with a great mind," Snyder said, "and he's getting a lot better at quarterback."
"That drive to start the second half was big," Shuty said. "It's a great win, huge, undescribable.
"We knew what we had to do, we wanted it badly."
Bellwood coach John Hayes was disappointed.
"I said to the guys I can't ever remember that happening to us," Hayes said of Carroll's big comeback. "They played extremely well the second half and, for whatever reason, we lost the momentum.
"The quarterback [Shuty] played a great game," Hayes continued. "He beat us every time we had them in a critical situation. Great for him, but that falls on us. Some times kids lose their team discipline and they took advantage of it.
"They outplayed us the second half."
Carroll will face Homer-Center in the 6-A semis next Saturday.
"Words can't express what this win means for us, but we're not done," Snyder said. "We've got Homer-Center next."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Carroll0 6 13 14 - 33
Bellwood-Antis12 7 0 0 - 19
BA-T. Snyder 1 run (kick failed), 7:10.
BA-T. Snyder 10 run (pass failed), 2:07.
BA-Gray 20 run (Creppage kick), 4:48.
BC-Shuty 6 run (kick failed), :50.
BC-Repko 23 run (Dumm kick), 8:08.
BC-Shuty 5 run (kick failed), :11.
BC-Woo 14 pass from Shuty (kick failed), 9:21.
BC-Janosik 13 run (Woo run), 2:43.
RUSHING: Bishop Carroll-Janosik 21-102, Repko 8-66, Shuty 15-49, Lesny 4-31, Frederick 2-7, Woo 1-3, TEAM 1-(-2). Bellwood-Antis-T. Snyder 15-85, Gray 11-39, Lardieri 3-24, Stapleton 2-6, Wood 1-4, Burch 3-2, McMillan 1-0, TEAM 1-(-2).
PASSING: Bishop Carroll-Shuty 3-9-0-60. Bellwood-Antis-Burch 9-10-1-96, TEAM 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING: Bishop Carroll-Holsinger 1-25, Lesney 1-21, Woo 1-14. Bellwood-Antis-T. Snyder 4-57, Gates 2-26, McMillan 2-3, Lombardo 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS: Bishop Carroll-Lee.