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Bishop Carroll gift-wraps Johnstown’s fourth victory

Written by: on Sunday, October 5th, 2008


JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Johnstown Trojan head coach Kevin Marabito summed up Saturday night’s game against Bishop Carroll rather eloquently.

It only took one sentence.

“It was a comedy of errors tonight,” the Trojans’ boss said.

The only problem was, this wasn’t one of those funny comedies – this was downright ugly.

Johnstown (4-2) relied on its defense, which has now given up 12 points in the last eight quarters, to stymie Bishop Carroll’s I/wishbone offense in a 16-0 victory from Trojan Stadium, but that was about where the highlights stopped.

Bishop Carroll, a four-time PIAA semi-finalist, registered seven fumbles, losing three.  The Huskies also threw two interceptions and gave away two turnovers on downs to boot.

Count ’em up – that’s seven turnovers in all, to go along with three penalties for 25 yards.

Johnstown was spared the turnover bug save for a third quarter interception, but committed seven penalties for 45 yards, and, thanks to penalties and an 18-yard loss on a fumbled snap, registered a nine-play, 15-yard, 6:52 drive in the fourth quarter, which actually gained two first downs.

“It wasn’t a pretty game in the least,” Marabito said.

But, a win is a win, and while everything seemed to be thrown to the wind, Johnstown’s backfield duo of Quadir Christian and John Siciliano went to work and did a fair amount of damage.

“Their (Johnstown’s) quarterback can run, and we knew that coming in,” Bishop Carroll head coach Craig Sponksy said.  “And we paid dearly twice for not being aligned properly.”

It seemed Siciliano made Bishop Carroll pay all night long, as he finished with 15 carries for 78 yards.  Four of his runs went for 11 yards or greater, including a long of 25.  Siciliano added 55 passing yards on 12 attempts.

Christian, meanwhile, made his living going up the middle, up the middle, and then bouncing outside, all the while breaking Bishop Carroll tackles and the hearts of the blue-and-white clad Husky fans.

Christian scored the game’s first touchdown in the second quarter at the 6:53 mark on a two yard run.

His second touchdown, a 17 yard jaunt with 4:48 left in the third quarter, put the game on ice.

In all, Christian finished with 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, all team highs for the Trojans.

Bishop Carroll twice got deep within Johnstown territory, but, backup quarterback Chad Panick twice threw interceptions, including one which was snagged by Trojan DB Ryan Sisco in the end zone.

The Huskies did get a highlight from feature tailback Brendan Julock.  Julock, just a junior, ran for a game-high 106 yards on 16 carries, giving him a team-best 823 yards rushing this season.

But, as Sponksy pointed out, “Johnstown made it tough (to get those yards).”

The Huskies were limited to just 166 yards of offense, and were without the services of starting quarterback Shawn Perich, who rolled his ankle on the first play from scrimmage.  Perich finished 1-of-1 for 13 yards on the game.

In relief, Panick completed four passes for 33 yards and added nine yards on the ground on eight carries.

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