Marauders bounce back in big way

PATTON — Losing is something with which Bishop Guilfoyle isn’t familiar.

Prior to last week, the former three-time PIAA champions lost only one game in four seasons dating back to 2014.

But after suffering a rare loss last week at the hands of Westmont, Bishop Guilfoyle got back to its winning ways on Friday night by defeating Cambria Heights, 24-6.

Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said that after a sloppy performance last week, his team collected a much-needed bounce-back win.

“We felt like last week we just didn’t play the kind of football that we’ve played in the past five or six years,” Wheeler said. “It was a challenge for our players to come out and have a better week and some of them stepped up. I thought we had a really good first half and was happy to come away with the win.”

On Cambria Heights’ first possession, starting quarterback Ryan Bearer threw an interception to Ben McCloskey to give the Marauders positive starting field position.

On the ensuing drive, Bishop Guilfoyle (2-1) marched down the field, capping the drive off with a 9-yard touchdown, thanks to a Danny Carrieri quarterback keeper.

After reclaiming possession, the Highlanders lost the ball almost as soon as they got it. Bearer threw his second interception of the game in as many drives, this time to Caleb Crawford.

Giving up 30 points last week, the Marauders limited Cambria Heights to only six points. Bearer connected with wide receiver Cody Gray on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining in the first half for the Highlanders’ only score.

“Last week was just a bad week,” McCloskey, who was one of three Marauder defenders to intercept a Bearer pass, said. “I think that we came out and made the adjustments, made plays… I think we have all of the pieces.We just need to put it together.”

After the Crawford interception, West Virginia commit Kolton McGhee converted on a 41-yard field goal attempt, giving his team an early 10-0 lead.

Two short passes in the second half turned into big plays for Bishop Guilfoyle, ultimately putting the game away. Carrieri hit Daniel Potopa on a slant route, and after breaking a tackle, Potopa ran down the field and reached the end zone on what turned out to be a 55-yard touchdown.

On their next drive, Carrieri connected with McCloskey, who stiff-armed a defender and ran 51 yards before being tackled at the 3.

Guilfoyle scored three plays later with a 3-yard play-action pass to Andrew Yanoshak.

“A couple of holes were opening up in the defense, especially on that throw to Potopa,” Carrieri said of his two 50-plus yard passes. “The linebacker jumped underneath and the safety was over top of me at a perfect hole right to the end zone.”

Carrieri finished the game 7-for-12 in the air while picking up 79 yards, and he added 32 yards rushing.

“Danny made some good throws today,” Wheeler said. “His decisions were really good tonight, the offensive line gave him time when he need it and the receivers made some really good catches, which we needed early on.”

Carrieri pushed the glory onto teammates, adding that Friday was only one win in the grand scheme of the season.

“We just wanted to get back on track with what we were doing,” Carrieri said. “We put in a lot of hard work this week, and I’m glad we were able to come out and get this win. We just have to keep being consistent with what we are doing, keep working hard and getting better every week.”

With the loss, the Highlanders fell to 0-3 on the season after losses to Penn Cambria and Richland in weeks prior.

“I thought the kids played hard. I put this one on me,” Lewis said. “I didn’t have our team prepared tonight. We came out and played sloppy and undisciplined. That was the difference in the game.”

Lewis plans to regroup with his team and pick up its first win next week.

“I’m proud of this group and happy with the way they fought for four quarters,” Lewis said. “We’ll get back to the drawing board and get after (Bishop) McCort next week.”

Score by quarters

Bishop Guilfoyle 10 14 0 0 –24

Cambria Heights 0 6 0 0 — 6

First Quarter

BG–Carrieri 9 run (McGhee kick), 6:14

BG–McGhee 41 kick, 3:07

Second Quarter

BG — Carrieri 55 pass to Potopa (McGhee kick), 10:54

BG –Carrieri 3 pass to Yanoshak(McGhee kick), 5:22

CH — Bearer 24 pass to Gray (run failed), 0:11

Team Statistics BG CH

First downs 7 9

Total yards 194 191

Rushing yards 64 143

Passing yards 130 48

Kick returns 2-15 5-0

Interceptions ret. 2-33 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 7-12-0 3-13-3

Punts 4-132 4-111

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 6-70 6-75

Individual statistics

Rushing–Bishop Guilfoyle, Carrieri 10-32, L. Yanoshak 4-20, Potopa 4-5, Crawford 4-4, McCall 2-2, Myrick 1-1. Cambria Heights, Stockley 15-82, Link 5-40, Farabaugh 8-20, Trybus 3-11, Bearer 1-(minus 10).

Passing–Bishop Guilfoyle, Carrieri 8-13-0-130. Cambria Heights, Bearer 3-12-3-48, Farabaugh 0-1-0-0, Link 0-1-0-0.

Receiving–Bishop Guilfoyle, McCloskey 4-65, A. Yanoshak 2-10, Potopa 1-55, L. Yanoshak 1-1. Cambria Heights, Gray 2-30, Maul 1-18.