JOHNSTOWN - Brandon Chadbourn knows there is a big difference between being the team that sneaks up on everyone and the team that everyone has come to topple.
"We're staying humble and working hard like we're the underdog every week," Chadbourn said after his Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders' 61-12 season-opening romp over Richland in a non-sectional Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference game on Friday at Herlinger Field.
"It's different when you're in the front. I told our guys we'd better be ready each and every week," Marauders coach Justin Wheeler said. "We knew this was going to be a tough place to play. But I'm very proud of them. And the offensive line did great. And all around it was a great effort."
Sam McCloskey scored four touchdowns, and Chadbourn scored three times. McCloskey led all rushers with 166 yards on 15 attempts, scoring from 3, 8, 1 and 32 yards. Chadbourn scored from 55, 11 and 1 yards. He rushed 12 times for 135 yards.
"When you have kids like them you try to give the ball as much as you can," Wheeler said.
"We can definitely get better in all aspects of the game," said Chadbourn, who also completed four of nine passes for 70 yards. "This is week one. Hopefully by Week 10 we're firing on all cylinders and everything's going right."
Richland coach Brandon Bailey hoped a good camp would provide a good springboard for a strong showing.
"You can't prepare yourself for the size, speed and athleticism that they have," Bailey said.
Guilfoyle (1-0) rolled up 452 total yards, including 354 on the ground.
"Certainly the better team won," Bailey said.
Dominic Farina opened the scoring with a 51-yard run on the game's initial possession.
"They came out and gave us a good first punch," Wheeler said. "I told our kids we've got to come back. That's the mark of a championship team. Our guys responded well after that first score."
Farina also scored from 1 yard out in the second period. He led the Rams with 55 yards on eight rushing attempts.
Johnny Kutchman completed 12 of 20 passes for 93 yards.
Guilfoyle took 40-12 lead into halftime. McCloskey's third TD of the night pushed the lead to 47-12 and prompted the enactment of the mercy rule.
Richland, the reigning District 6 Class AA runner-up, totaled 191 yards.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle20 20 14 7-61
Richland12 0 0 0-12
R-Farina 51 run (pass failed),10:27
BG-McCloskey 3 run (Trybus kick), 9:26
BG-B.Chabourn 55 run (Trybus kick), 6:35
R-Farina 13 run (pass failed), 4:32
BG-McCloskey 8 run (kick failed), 2:20
BG-Gormley 14 pass from B. Chadbourn (pass failed), 11:53
BG-B.Chadbourn 11 run (pass failed), 10:13
BG-B.Chadbourn 1 run (McCloskey run), :30
BG-McCloskey, 1 run (Trybus kick), 8:15
BG-McCloskey 32 run (Trybus kick), 1:21
BG-Irwin 1 run (Luther kick), 9:17
RUSHING: Bishop Guilfoyle - McCloskey 15-166, B.Chadbourn 12-135, Irwin 2-21, Kitt 3-18, Yasulitis 3-10, Trybus 1-7, Conrad 1-4, Berish 1-(-4), TEAM 1-(-3). Richland - Farina 8-55, Kutchman 9-23, Warshel 5-22, Joy 1-(-1), Bowser 2-(-2), Rubal 2-(-7).
PASSING: Bishop Guilfoyle - B.Chadbourn 4-9-0-70, McCloskey 1-1-0-28. Richland - Kutchman 12-20-1-93, Rubal 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: Bishop Guilfoyle - Gormley 2-57, B.Chadbourn 1-28, Miller 1-12, E.Chadbourn 1-1. Richland - Joy 3-32, Warshel 3-16, Farina 3-14, Ball 2-25, Ludwig 1-6
INTERCEPTIONS: Bishop Guilfoyle - Luther, Trybus.