Marauders lose first regular-season contest since 2013
By Jon Fleck
For the Mirror
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s first offensive play Saturday night was disastrous. Westmont Hilltop’s Lee Santee stepped in front of Daniel Carrieri’s pass for an interception that gave the Hilltoppers the ball at the BG 13.
Four plays later, Hudson Holbay scored on a 1-yard run to give Westmont a 7-0 lead just 2:19 into the game.
It didn’t get any better for the Marauders. BG turned the ball over two more times and mustered just 176 yards of total offense in a 30-0 loss at Mansion Park that broke the team’s 48-game regular season winning streak.
“First of all hats off to Westmont. They played a great game and capitalized on three turnovers. You can’t turn the ball over and give them those opportunities,” BG coach Justin Wheeler said.
Guilfoyle hadn’t lost a regular-season game since week two of the 2013 season when Forest Hills knocked off the Marauders, 43-14. The last home shutout came in 2009 at the hands of Johnstown, 42-0.
“The good news for us is that we did everything bad. If you’re going to lose a game, you might as well play the worst you possibly can,” Wheeler said. “We did a lot of things we can correct. A lot of mental mistakes. I still think we’re a very good football team. Hopefully, this adversity brings this group together.”
After Westmont tacked on a field goal late in the half to go up 10-0, BG put a quick drive together, but Kolton McGhee missed a 52-yard field goal try as time expired.
The Marauders recovered a surprise onside kick to start the second half, but four plays later, a Camden Moors interception and 32-yard return gave the Westmont the ball at the BG 38.
“I saw the out. I was covering another guy who ran a hitch. I saw where the quarterback’s eyes were, and I just jumped it,” Moors said.
Moors capped the drive with a four-yard TD run that put Westmont up 17-0. The senior back finished with 135 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries.
“The kid’s a great player. He’s been starting for them a bunch of years. Both sides of the ball he made plays that put them in position to win,” Wheeler said.
BG put together a 15-play drive on its ensuing possession, but two plays after Dominic Pulcinello dropped a pass in the end zone, Guilfoyle turned the ball over on downs, coming away with no points.
It was one of eight Marauder drops on the night.
Carrieri was 9-of-30 passing for 113 yards and three interceptions. Daniel Potopa caught eight of the nine completions for 104 yards.
Moors sealed up the win for Westmont with two more touchdown runs in the four quarter, a 24-yarder followed by one from 13 yards out.
“When we want to play, we can play with anybody. Give credit to the kids for bouncing back from a stinging loss last week. They were focused all week. Showed a lot of grit and moxie and just kept fighting.”
Westmont lost by a point last week to Bedford when the Bisons scored two touchdowns in the final 2:10 of the game. The win over Guilfoyle evens the Hilltoppers record at 1-1.
BG is now 1-1 as well. The Marauders next game is Friday night in Patton against Cambria Heights.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Westmont Hilltop 7 3 7 13 — 30
Bishop Guilfoyle 0 0 0 0 — 0
WH–Holbay 1 run (Kaseler kick), 9:41.
WH–Kaseler 38 field goal, 1:22.
WH–Moors 4 run (Kaseler kick), 5:46.
WH–Moors 24 run (Kaseler kick), 9:51.
WH–Moors 13 run (kick failed), 2:24.
TEAM STATISTICS WH BG
First downs 12 11
Total yards 219 176
Rushes-yards 44-29 24-63
Yards passing 0 113
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 0-0-0 9-30-3-113
Punts-avg. 4-30.8 3-49.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-15 2-23
RUSHING–Westmont Hilltop, Moors 15-135, Holbay 10-30, Santee 12-39, Kushner 4-7. Bishop Guilfoyle, Crawford 7-19, Potopa 6-22, Yanoshak 4-0, Carrieri 6-14, McGhee 1-8.
PASSING–Bishop Guilfoyle, 9-30-3-113.
RECEIVING–Bishop Guilfoyle, Potopa 8-104, Pulcinello 1-9.