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Bishop Carroll wins a thriller in opener against Junction City

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 9:32 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In the opener of what’s turned into maybe the toughest schedule in the state, Bishop Carroll hosted ranked Junction City in the season opener. In a game that came down to the final seconds, a hold on a late 2-point conversion try, the Golden Eagles got the 29-28 win.

Early in the 1st, after a vintage Carroll drive, the Golden Eagles got it down near the goal line. But Junction City stood strong for four downs... including a 4th & Goal stand at the 1-yard line. After no scoring in the 1st, the Blue Jays would eventually get something going on the offensive end, mostly through the air, finishing with a quick slant touchdown pass from Andrew Khoury to Russel Wilkey. BC blocked the extra point, and Junction City struck first at 6-0.

Carroll quickly answered in the 2nd, with a long drive, capped by a 1-yard QB sneak by Aiden Neidens. Carroll took the lead 7-6. DJ Giddens scored on a 6-yard run just before half, and the Blue Jays took a 14-7 lead into the break.

Hunter Trail scored for the Golden Eagles on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter to tie the game up at 14. That score held until the 4th, when Carroll capped off another long drive with a short TD run, to take the lead 21-14. Another Giddens score and 2-point conversion then gave Junction City a 22-21 lead with about 9 minutes left in the game.

Hunter Trail and Bishop Carroll answered though with a TD run with 1:30 left to play. A 2-pt conversion made it 29-22. But the Blue Jays immediately answered in two plays with a touchdown. With the score 29-28 Carroll, Junction City put the game on the line with a 2-point conversion try, which failed. The Golden Eagles are 1-0 heading into the Holy War against Kapaun.

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