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United’s goal-line stand thwarts BC rally attempt

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll came out on the short end of a defensive struggle in its home opener Friday night as visiting United thwarted a last-minute Huskies comeback attempt with a goal-line stand to preserve an 8-0 Heritage Conference win.

Series of the game: With Bishop Carroll facing fourth-and-12 at the United 32 with just over three minutes left in the contest, Huskies quarterback Johnny Golden found Ryan Bohrer for a 25-yard gain and a first-and-goal to keep his team’s hopes alive. However, the Lions’ defense then stuffed two Bishop Carroll runs for a combined 7-yard loss and subsequently forced two straight incompletions to turn back the threat.

Player of the game: United quarterback Elijah Clevenger converted a fourth-and-17 play with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Boring for the lone touchdown of the game in the second quarter. Clevenger again found Boring for the subsequent two-point conversion.

Unsung hero: Bishop Carroll senior right tackle/middle linebacker Mason Beiswenger. Beiswenger was credited by Huskies coach Bubba Fatula with making big plays up front on both sides of the ball and providing senior leadership to a young Bishop Carroll squad.

Most vital statistic: United’s defense held the Huskies to just 115 yards of total offense.

United coach Kevin Marabito: “Our defense was stellar.” “We bent at times, but didn’t break, and dug down deep to make the plays we needed to win. Offensively, we didn’t move the ball consistently, but our defense bailed them out, so it was a total team effort.”

Fatula: “We made a lot of young mistakes. We struggled to sustain drives, and it seemed like every possession, one bad snap or penalty would set us back. Our defense played very well and did everything they were supposed to do, but we just need to find a way to punch the ball into the end zone.”

Notable: United running back Hunter Cameron rushed for a game-high 117 yards on 17 carries. Bohrer caught four passes for 65 yards for the Huskies. This was United’s first on-field win since 2018, as the Lions’ lone win last year was a forfeit victory over Conemaugh Valley.

Records: United (1-1), Bishop Carroll (0-2)

Next week: United hosts Northern Cambria on Friday, and Bishop Carroll travels to West Shamokin.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

United 0 8 0 0 — 8

Bishop Carroll 0 0 0 0 — 0

Second Quarter

U–Boring 20 pass from Clevenger (Boring pass from Clevenger), 6:45.

TEAM STATISTICS U BC

First downs 9 11

Total Net Yards 186 115

Rushes-yards 35-150 36-41

Passing yards 36 74

Comp-Att-Int 5-10-0 6-15-1

Punts-avg. 4-25.2 5-33.4

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 5-52 3-15

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–United, Cameron 17-117, Brendlinger 4-8, Clevenger 6-17, Boring 1-7, Worthington 4-(-5), McCully 3-6. Bishop Carroll, George 14-53, Golden 14-21, Becquet 1-1, Novak 4-(-17), Bohrer 2-(-2), TEAM 1-(-15).

PASSING–United, Clevenger 4-7-0-26, Worthington 1-3-0-10. Bishop Carroll, Golden 6-15-1-74.

RECEIVING–United, Croft 2-20, Brendlinger 1-(-1), Cameron 1-(-3), Boring 1-20. Bishop Carroll, Bohrer 4-65, Novak 2-9.

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