Bishop Carroll shuts down Blue Devil attack
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, November 10th, 2013
With the lights going out on Memorial Field at Bellwood-Antis High School for the last time in the 2013 season, Bishop Carroll head coach Greg Snyder had this to say after his Huskies completely shut down the Bellwood-Antis offense in the second half of the D6 quarterfinal game en-route to a 33-19 win : “That’s what we do, we run the ball, run the ball, run the ball. And if you can stop us, you can beat us.”
Bellwood-Antis couldn’t stop the Huskies. As a matter of fact,with 28 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, the Blue Devils only held the ball for 36 seconds more until there was just 9:21 left in the game and they trailed 25-19. This after heading to the mid-point break with a 19-6 lead. Bishop Carroll held the ball for a total of fifteen and a half minutes of the second half to totally dominate the Blue Devil’s. But it didn’t start out that way.
Bellwood took the opening kick and took early control of the game. The Blue Devils drove 64 yards on 11 plays capping the drive on a one yard Tanner Snyder run. “They just crammed the ball down our throats in the first half” said Snyder.
On Bishop Carroll’s first series of the game the “playoff jitters” crept in. Tyler Janosik, who would finish with 102 yards on 21 carries, was hit and fumbled the ball. Bellwood’s Jake Stapleton recovered and the Blue Devils were back in control. On 2nd and 4 at the Husky 29 Casey Gray went in motion and slipped as the ball was pitched to him in the backfield. Gray never touched the ball and it sailed 12 yards back before Nick Torsell recovered for the Blue Devils. On the next play qb Nate Burch hit Snyder for a 19 yard gain and a first down. Snyder closed out the drive to give his team a 12-0 lead as again the point after failed.
Bishop Carroll then showed a glimpse of what was to come as, after starting at their own 11 following 2 personal foul penalties on the kick return, the Huskies drove to the Blue Devil 27 in a time consuming 8 minute possession that didn’t have a good ending. Brody Shuty put the ball on the ground and the Blue Devils recovered.
Bellwood struck quickly this time, moving the ball 66 yards in just 7 plays. Gray capped the drive, and unfortunately for the Blue Devils it was the last time they would come close to the opponent’s end zone until there was less the 2 minutes remaining in the game.
Trailing 19-0 with just 4:49 to go in the half, the Huskies took over. On what would be their fastest scoring drive of the game, Janosik shook off the jitters and marched straight through the Blue Devil line rushing for 44 yards on 5 carries. The last carry a 13 yard scoring run. Mark Dumm would miss the kick, but Bishop Carroll went into the break with the momentum and confidence they needed. “I really do think we came out and we nervous from the get go. These kids have never been in a playoff game. Heck, we won 2 games in the last 2 years” said Huskies coach Snyder.
Bishop Carroll took the second half kick and started at their own 44 yard line. Four minutes and 8 plays later they cut the deficit to 6 on a Janosik 3 yard run.
“We had great field position all night long thanks to our special teams. (Dane) Woo did a great job on a couple returns tonight for us” said Janosik. He didn’t know just how right he was as the Huskies average starting field position was their 49 yard line.
Holding the Blue Devils to 3 plays on the second drive of the half, Bishop Carroll continued to suffocate their opponent. The Huskies drove 53 yards in just over 7 minutes to tie the score at 19 on a 6 yard Shuty run. It didn’t come easy as Shuty had an 18 yard td run recalled by a holding penalty. Then Trenton Creppage sacked the signal caller for another setback but on 4th and 22 the “rookie” quarterback came up big hitting Dan Lesney for a 22 yard first down play to keep the drive going. “Brody never played quarterback until the fifth game of this year. His passing game in really starting to come along” said Snyder.
Kyler Lardieri took the ensuing kick and had the ball ripped from his arms. Dan Frederick recovered for the Huskies at the Blue Devil 34. That was the last time the Blue Devil’s would see the ball until midway into the 4th. Bishop Carroll took their first lead of the night on a 14 yard td strike to Woo, who easily leaped over the shorter defender to snare the pass from Shuty. 25-19 advantage Bishop Carroll with 9:21 remaining.
Bellwood’s Tanner Snyder fielded the kick at the 17 but his knee barely touched the ground and the referees stopped the play there. 83 yards stood in the way of defending their District 6 title. The Blue Devils only managed to get to the Husky 46. On third and 5, Janosik sacked Burch to make it fourth and 8 from the Husky 46. Frederick then ended the Blue Devils title defense, sacking Burch for an 8 yard loss.
Bishop Carroll then finished off Bellwood-Antis’ title defense and Janosik drove the final nail in the Devil’s coffin with a bruising 13 yard td run.
“I’m just so darn proud of our team. Our line came out in the second half and controlled them” said Janosik. “We were nervous. We came out flat in the first quarter.”
“These kids have never been won. Since 7th grade they’ve never won. Today, they’re winners. This is a huge win for Bishop Carroll, but we’re not done. We’ve got Homer Center next” said coach Snyder.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Carroll0 6-13-14-33
BA-T. Snyder 1 run (kick failed)
BA-T. Snyder 10 run (pass failed)
BA-Gray 20 run (Creppage kick)
BC-Shuty 6 run (kick failed)
BC-Repko 23 run (Dumm kick)
BC-Shuty 5 run (kick failed)
BC-Woo 14 pass from Shuty (kick failed)
BC-Janosik 13 run (Woo run)
RUSHING: Bishop Carroll-Janosik 21-102, Repko 8-66, Shuty 15-49, Lesny 4-31, Frederick 2-7, Woo 1-3, TEAM 1-(-2). Bellwood-Antis-T. Snyder 15-85, Gray 11-39, Lardieri 3-24, Stapleton 2-6, Wood 1-4, Burch 3-2, McMillan 1-0, TEAM 1-(-2).
PASSING: Bishop Carroll-Shuty 3-9-0-60. Bellwood-Antis-Burch 9-10-1-96, TEAM 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING: Bishop Carroll-Holsinger 1-25, Lesney 1-21, Woo 1-14. Bellwood-Antis-T. Snyder 4-57, Gates 2-26, McMillan 2-3, Lombardo 1-10.
Total yards 317—254
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