Carroll’s offense struggles
LORETTO – Playing in the Laurel Highlands Conference can provide a lot of ups and downs for a team.
Friday night, Bishop Carroll found that out the hard way.
The Huskies were riding high after upsetting Bishop McCort in the season opener, but were unable to carry that momentum over to Week 2 as they fell at home to Somerset, 24-13.
“Each week in this conference is so tough. We enjoyed a big win over McCort last week and turn right around and face a really good Somerset team this week,” Bishop Carroll coach Greg Snyder said.
Somerset dual-threat quarterback Tanner Stull proved to be too much for the Huskies defense as he threw for 116 yards and one touchdown while also running for a team-best 99 yards. Stull made a habit of keeping drives alive with consistent tough runs on third down, often making more than one defender miss to pick up extra yardage. But it was his arm that provided perhaps the biggest play of the night as he connected with Raven Beeman for a fourth-quarter touchdown that put the game out of reach.
“Not many teams can stop Stull. In fact I haven’t seen any that have. For the most part, we kept him pretty well contained and kept him in the middle of the field. He just came up with big plays when he had to,” Snyder said.
“Tanner is a great player for us, but he wasn’t alone tonight. We had a lot of kids step up and contribute to get this win,” Somerset coach Bob Landis said.
One of those contributors for Somerset was fullback Matthew Boyer. The 240-pound back rushed for 48 yards and punched in two short touchdown runs.
Bishop Carroll was stymied on offense for most of the night. Its biggest play came in the second quarter when David Maruca connected on a 61-yard touchdown pass to Brody Shuty. Shuty was the Huskies top offensive weapon as he finished the game with seven catches for 87 yards.
“They were really bringing a lot of guys into the box and shut down our running game tonight. David Maruca hurt his throwing arm early in the game, and it limited what we could do with the playbook tonight. Somerset was able to sell out on the run and really shut that part of our game down,” Snyder said.
The other bright spot for the Huskies was their play on special teams. Alex Repko was able to break off two long punt returns, including a 63-yard return in the third quarter that set up their second touchdown. Bishop Carroll also blocked an extra point.
“You won’t find a team that practices harder on special teams, and it paid off tonight. At some point this year, we think our special teams will win us a game,” Snyder said.
Bishop Carroll will look to bounce back next week as it travels to Forest Hills. Somerset will try to improve to 3-0 as it travels to face Bishop McCort.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Somerset 3 6 8 7 – 24
Bishop Carroll0 7 6 0 – 13
S – Hayward 29 FG, 5:11
BC – Shuty 61 pass from Maruca (Gruss kick), 8:49
S – Boyer 4 run (kick failed), 2:23
BC – Janosik 1 run (two-point conversion failed), 7:29
S – Boyer 2 run (Stull run), 3:30
S – Beeman 17 pass from Stull (Hayward kick), 9:27
RUSHING: Somerset – Stull 13-99, Boyer 10-48, Faulkner 10-22, Beeman 4-(-1). Bishop Carroll – Janosik 17-61, Lesney 7-53, Maruca 6- -22, Repko 4-6, TEAM 1-(-4).
PASSING: Somerset – Stull 8-18-0-116. Bishop Carroll – Maruca 8-14-0-85
RECEIVING: Somerset – Berkebile 4-39, Beeman 2-53, Mostoller 1-13, Baker 1-11.Bishop Carroll – Shuty 7-87, Lesney 1-(-2).
Punts-avg. 3-33.3 3-25