Richland rally sinks BG
Bishop Guilfoyle wasn’t exactly cruising in the first half of its game against Richland on Saturday night, but the Marauders were up 10 points and certainly were doing their job not only keeping Richland off the scoreboard, but also limiting anything and everything the Rams tried to do.
After halftime, the game took a drastic turn in the opposite direction for BG as Richland ran all over the field at will, while holding the potent Bishop Guilfoyle offense in check.
The Rams scored 19 unanswered points in the second half in handing the defending PIAA Class 1A state runner-up Marauders a 19-10 loss to open the season at Mansion Park.
Drive of the game: After Bishop Guilfoyle’s Cameron Maloney booted a 50-yard punt to pin Richland back at its own 5-yard line, the Rams began an 11-play drive that ate 7:01 off the game clock. Before the drive began, Richland led 13-10, but the drive milked the clock down to 1:28 left in the contest when Jacob Sabol powered his way into the end zone from 3 yards out to ice the contest.
Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler: “I don’t think they (Richland) were better than us, but they made the plays they needed to to win. But, you gotta get off the field on defense and make a stop. We were close so many times. I told our guys that it wasn’t a lack of attitude or effort. Our guys gave us everything they had. We came up a little short tonight.”
Play of the game No. 1: Richland got things going on the first play of the second half as Sabol, who finished with 86 rushing yards, churned out 45 of those yards, including getting help from teammates who helped push through the initial BG stop for 20 more yards.
Play of the game No. 2: During the game-sealing fourth quarter drive, the Rams’ Allen Mangus, who finished with 90 rushing yards, gained 54 down to the BG 21 to help set up the final score.
Player of the game: Richland quarterback Kellan Stahl was the workhorse in the second half as he called his own number 17 times for 87 yards. The junior capped off the great Sabol run with a 9-yard TD run. He also scored from 3 yards out at 10:19 of the fourth to put his team up for good at 13-10. He threw for just 27 yards, but he gained 133 yards on the ground on 24 rushes, while also punting five times for a 33.4 average.
Unsung hero(es): The Richland defense held Bishop Guilfoyle to just two first downs in the second half and just 46 yards of total offense, including minus-1 on the ground.
Most vital statistic: Richland outrushed BG by a 320-54 margin.
Richland coach Brandon Bailey: “We were a little bit flat in that first half. They (Bishop Guilfoyle) came out and kind of took it to us. We challenged our kids at halftime, and they weren’t going to be denied in that second half. We were just very physical.”
Wheeler: “We bring back 10 starters on defense. The first half, I really thought we got after them (Richland) — we shut them down. The second half, they were able to work some double teams on our guys up front. I thought, even though our guys are faster and made some plays in the first half, they did a good job of slowing down our speed on defense in the second half with chewing up clock.”
Notable: Marauder kicker Deven Wyandt got his team on the board with a 25-yard field goal at the beginning of the second quarter. Keegan Myrick was able to cross the goal line from 1 yard out to account for the BG’s points … Stahl completed his first three passes before missing on his next 10 in the first two quarters … The Marauders gained 127 yards of total offense with Haiden Garner accounting for 76 of them via the run and receiving … The two teams were nearly identical in total yards in the first half with Richland owning a slight 83-80 edge. After halftime, it was a decisive 264-46 edge by the Rams … Konner Kiesewetter was 12-of-25 for 72 yards through the air for the Marauders.
Records: Richland (1-0); Bishop Guilfoyle (0-1).
Next week: Richland hosts Bedford on Friday night, while Bishop Guilfoyle travels to Forest Hills.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Richland 0 0 6 13 — 19
Bishop Guilfoyle 0 10 0 0 — 10
BG–Wyandt 25 field goal, 9:40.
BG–Myrick 1 run (Wyandt kick), 4:32.
R–Stahl 9 run (kick failed), 8:37.
R–Stahl 3 run (Facci kick), 10:19.
R–Sabol 3 run (kick failed), 1:28.
TEAM STATISTICS R BG
First downs 15 10
Total yards 347 126
Rushes-yards 43-320 21-54
Yards passing 27 72
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 4-15-0 12-25-1
Punts-avg. 5-33.4 6-30.8
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 10-102 4-30
RUSHING–Richland, Stahl 24-133, Larue 1-12, Mangus 7-90, Sabol 10-86, TEAM 1-(-1). Bishop Guilfoyle, Myrick 11-23, Garner 8-35, Ko. Kiesewetter 1-(-2), TEAM 1-(-2).
PASSING–Richland, Stahl 4-15-0-27. Bishop Guilfoyle, Ko. Kiesewetter 12-25-1-72, Garner 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING–Richland, Larue 3-18, Mangus 1-9. Bishop Guilfoyle, Myrick 2-2, McNelly 1-5, A. Yanoshak 3-25, Garner 5-41, McCloskey 1-(1).