BG keeps streak intact, beats Crushers

Photo for the Mirror by Ed Lee Bishop Guilfoyle’s Mark Conrad pulls in a touchdown reception behind Bishop McCort defender Carnell Andrews on Friday night at Mansion Park.

Because of its resume over the past three seasons, it seems sometimes people expect the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic football team to simply roll over so many of its opponents. Of course, three state championships and a 49-game winning streak will do that to you.

Coming off a nail-biter of a win at Westmont Hilltop last week — which raised a few eyebrows in the scholastic community — there were those who felt Friday night’s foe, a 2-0 Bishop McCort team, might dampen those expectations of the Marauders. Maybe next time.

The Marauders used a bend-but-don’t-break defense and big plays on offense from Mark Conrad and Josh Yasulitis to record a 19-0 victory at Mansion Park.

“We always tell our guys to know where we want to be,” BG coach Justin Wheeler said. “We improved from last week. We wanted more urgency, to be more consistent and a better effort, and we got that.”

McCort had the better effort to open the game, marching from its own 26 down to the BG 7 where it had the ball on fourth-and-3. The Crimson Crushers scored on a gadget play, but it was negated when they were flagged for an illegal man downfield. On the next play, this time from the 13, quarterback William Miller’s pass fell incomplete and BG got the ball back.

“It was a great a drive. It was set up as our NASCAR, a run-pass option and it can be a tricky call. They actually said we had two guys downfield,” Bishop McCort coach Brian Basile said. “It took a little wind out of our sails.”

Wheeler admitted it was a huge play in the game, considering his team took the ball and then went 87 yards in seven plays, scoring when Conrad hit Michael Berish with a 36-yard touchdown pass, making it 7-0 at the 4:20 mark. Kolton McGhee added the PAT kick.

“That play … football is about emotion, that was emotion, and it’s about getting into a groove and that stop (on fourth down) was just huge,” Wheeler said.

On Guilfoyle’s second possession of the game, the Marauders needed only four plays to score, going 61 yards for a touchdown. This time, Yasulitis, who was taking snaps at quarterback as well as Conrad, launched a pass that Conrad caught in stride for a 48-yard score. The PAT failed, but instead of being down 7-0 at one point in the opening frame, the Marauders were now up 13-0.

“That is the great thing that Bishop Guilfoyle has, you cannot load up on just one guy,” Basile said. “You have to be sound all over. We are young in our secondary and they exploited that some.”

BG scored its last touchdown on its first drive of the second quarter, going 57 yards in seven plays, this time, though, Conrad hit Yasulitis for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The PAT kick failed, but it was now 19-0 with 8:52 to go in the half.

The Marauders had just four possessions in the second half, and suffered their only turnover of the game on a fumbled punt. It didn’t matter. The defense turned away McCort anytime the Crimson Crushers got close.

McCort got down to the BG 10 late in the third quarter, and on third-and-five, defensive end Charles Patterson ripped the ball from Miller who was trying to escape pressure, and carried it to the 26 before he was brought down. Drive over.

“He is a kid who played for us a few years ago, and he is back out with us. He has been a huge addition for us,” Wheeler said of his senior defender. “They are driving on us, and he comes up with a play like that … another momentum swing.”

McCort was in the red zone four times in the game and four times came away empty. In the second quarter, it got down to the 13 before Conrad picked off a Miller pass.

“We were controlling the ball. We were keeping it out of their hands. we had it four times in the red zone … you do the math, but give Bishop Guilfoyle credit. They played a great game. They are a great team,” Basile said.

Wheeler couldn’t help but smile when asked about the now 50-game winning streak.

“It’s nice to get that, but hats off to the guys over the last four seasons who were a part of that,” he said. “But hopefully, we can forget about that until we get near 60.”

Game notes: McCort was held to just 10 yards passing. … Conrad accounted for 198 yards of offense. Yasulitis amassed 134 yards on offense. …McCort’s Carnell Andrews rushed for 114 yards on 14 carries, but only seven yards came inside the red zone. …Teammate Anthony Walters added 95 yards on 16 carries. …Next Friday, BG is at Cambria Heights while McCort hosts Somerset.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bishop McCort 0 0 0 0 — 0

Bishop Guilfoyle 13 6 0 0 — 19

First quarter

BG–Berish 36 pass from Conrad (McGhee kick) 4:20

BG–Conrad 48 pass from Yasulitis (kick failed), 1:13

Second quarter

BG–Yasulitis 23 pass from Conrad (kick failed), 8:52.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Bishop McCort–Walters 16-95, Andrews 14-114, Miller 9-13, Phillips 4-5. Bishop Guilfoyle–Sankey 6-9, Berish 11-42, Conrad 5-17, Yasulitis 10-63, Fanelli 1-7, Wills 4-5.

PASSING: Bishop McCort–Miller 1-8-1-10. Bishop Guifoyle–Conrad 8-13-0-133, Yasulitis 1-1-0-48

RECEIVING: Bishop McCort–Andrews 1-10. Bishop Guilfoyle–Berish 3-70, Berkheimer 3-37, Yasulitis 1-23, Conrad 1-48, Potopa 1-3.

INTERCEPTIONS: Bishop McCort–None. Bishop Guilfoyle–Conrad.

TEAM STATISTICS BG BM

First downs 18 13

Rushes-yards 37-143 43-227

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 9-14-0 1-8-1

Yards passing 181 10

Total yards 324 237

Fumbles-lost 1-1 4-1

Penalties-yards 1-10 6-41.5

Punts-avg. 3-29.6 6-41.5

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