BG pummels Red Devils
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic ran its record to 3-1 with a 37-7 mercy-ruling of Central Cambria in a Laurel Highlands Conference battle Friday night at Mansion Park, but it could turn out to be a costly victory for the Marauders.
BG junior standout Keegan Myrick, one of the area’s top running backs, suffered a left knee injury late in the first half and did not play in the second half.
“We had the lead so we weren’t going to try him the second half,” BG coach Justin Wheeler said of Myrick. “Hopefully, he’ll be fine. We’ll see how it goes in practice next week.”
Before he went to the sidelines, Myrick was unstoppable, scoring four touchdowns, a pair of two-point conversions and piling up 156 yards on 18 carries. He also caught three passes for 41 yards.
Myrick, a 6-foot, 160-pound junior, scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter and added TDs on runs of 18, 2 and 21 in the second quarter.
“He’s really good, an amazing talent,” Wheeler offered. “We’ve had some kids around here who have been really good and he’s right there with them.
“Plus, he’s only a junior so it’s going to be fun to watch his growth.”
BG’s J.J. Johnston scored on a 3-yard run early in the third quarter to put the mercy rule (running clock) in effect. Central Cambria averted a shutout on Hobbs Dills’ 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Play of the game: Myrick had several.
Player of the game: Myrick — who else?
Unsung heroes: BG’s offensive line — Brady Bithell, Jack Donoughe, Hayden Fox, Andrew Yanoshak, Colin Butler, Tyler Conigy, Anthony Edwards — dominated up front.
Most vital statistic: BG had 11 first downs, Central Cambria one in the first half when BG built a 30-0 lead.
Central Cambria coach Shane McGregor: “Just about anything that could go wrong did in the first half. Sometimes you have those nights.
“We dug ourselves too big a hole and unless you have Tom Brady at quarterback, you aren’t going to overcome that.
“They controlled the line of scrimmage and, if you have a quick back like Myrick … he made us pay with his speed.”
BG lineman Brady Bithell, who also kicked an extra point: “We have a lot of young guys on the line. We have two sophomores and they did well, plus Yanoshak at tight end and he’s controlling.
“If there’s a hole, he gets it,” Bithell said of Myrick. “If he gets a little hole and gets on space, he does his thing.”
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (3-1), Central Cambria (2-2).
Next week: Bishop Guilfoyle visits Johnstown. Central Cambria hosts Bedford.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Cambria 0 0 0 7 — 7
Bishop Guilfoyle 8 22 7 0 — 37
BG–Myrick 9 run (Homan pass from Kiesewetter), 1:45.
BG–Myrick 18 run (Myrick run), 10:48 (Myrick pass from Kiesewetter), 10:48.
BG–Myrick 2 run (Myrick pass from Kiesewetter), 9:19.
BG–Myrick 21 run (run failed), 2:57.
BG–Johnston 3 run (Bithell kick), 9:16.
CC–Dill 6 run (Johnson kick), 5:21.
TEAM STATISTICS CC BG
First downs 7 18
Total yards 74 324
Rushes-yards 26-42 41-264
Yards passing 32 60
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 3-7-0 5-11-0
Punts-avg. 4-32 1-14
Fumbles-lost 5-2 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-25 5-35
RUSHING–Central Cambria, . Bishop Guilfoyle, Myrick 18-156, Rother 6-52, Johnston 3-36, Conrad 3-18, Kiesewetter 6-14, Chadbourn 2-4, McCloskey 1-4, Lamb 1-1, TEAM 1-(-21).
PASSING–Central Cambria, Seymour 3-7-0-32. Bishop Guilfoyle, Kiesewetter 5-10-0-60, Chadbourn 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Central Cambria, Wyrwas 1-15, Dill 1-12, Long 1-5. Bishop Guilfoyle, Myrick 3-41, Smith 1-11, Negola 1-8.