Bishop Carroll excited for GWAL return

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 8:51 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles enter the 2021 season looking to return to its roots after a year away from City League competition.

At the early onset of 2020, the Golden Eagles crafted an entirely new schedule after Wichita Public Schools initially decided to postpone fall competition. In lieu of playing its normal opponents, Bishop Carroll would take one of the toughest schedules in the state.

Head Coach Dusty Trail says It is that experience that will work in their favor.

“The experience was them learning what it takes to prepare week in and week out to be able to compete with championship caliber teams and the young guys that are on this team got to experience that,” Trail explained.

Returning to GWAL play doesn’t mean the competition falls off, Bishop Carroll will open the season against around-the-corner rival, Wichita Northwest. The two teams having one of the most exciting interleague rivalries in the state are almost guaranteed to have square off in the post season.

“That is always a big game, is a good test for us and a good test for them to see where each other are at and it shows what we need to work on,” Trail shared.” Coach Martin and I love playing that game week one because it is a good barometer for each of us to show where we are and what we need to work on and what we need to do to get to that playoff level,” he said.

The Golden Eagles will look to fill key positions in fall practices. Trail says the quarterback position is still an open battle in the first week of camp but adds a number of options are vying or the spot.

“We’ve got a few guys back on offense but there are still some question marks. The quarterback position that is going to be a battle. We have several guys that are vying for that spot.” Trail shared.

With the absence of familiar names from a season ago, the Golden Eagles have adopted an underdog persona, looking to prove doubters wrong.

“I think just the fact that we are the underdogs, no one knows who we are,” explained senior Michael Polley. “That just puts a chip on your shoulder and you want to go out and prove to everyone that Carroll still has it,” he smiled.

That underdog mentality accompanies the usual hard hat mentality associated with the Golden Eagles, aiming to outwork the competition each week.

“Our coaches have been telling us to go full out every practice and not to cut any reps or anything,” senior Matthew Holthus explained. “I think that is what we need to stick with right now and for this whole season and that is what we need to do to be successful,” he noted.

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