Bishop Carroll dominates 2nd half to top Northwest
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Entering halftime tied at 13, Bishop Carroll Head Coach Dusty Trail told his team to treat it as if the slate was clean and that no team had the upper hand. The Golden Eagles had just scored two straight times heading into the half, but Trail wanted his team to stay focused on the goal at hand. The message went on to resonate with his team as they claimed victory, 37-27 to open the 2021 season.
The two rivals are no stranger to one another, the matchup normally headlines the beginning of the season and the pair have met deep in the 5A playoffs over the last couple of seasons. The Golden Eagles remained unable to get over the Grizzlies until tonight.
“We haven’t won a game against them in four years, since I have been here. It is huge but we have a lot of work to improve on,” said defensive lineman Andrew Bye.
Both offenses started off sluggish before Northwest would eventually find points. Quarterback Geremiah Moore willed the team down the field before finishing the first scoring drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. The second time the Grizzlies would find the end zone would be a play many are used to seeing from Moore with a seam created by the offensive line, two juke moves and then a 66-yard race Moore won with ease.
The Northwest defense was stingy to start the game, stopping Carroll on multiple occasions and coming away with an interception to start.
On defense the Golden Eagles were eventually able to slow down the Grizzly attack, giving their offense a chance to fight back, and take over the game.
Chase Smarsh made his debut at Quarterback for Bishop Carroll but the senior looked like a seasoned vet, commanding the offense and finding his receivers in the right moments. Tate Blasi and Matt Holthusen proved to be Smarsh’s favorite targets on the night. Holthusen was able to elude would-be tacklers to haul in his second touchdown of the first half on a 70+ yard play that would help swing the momentum.
After the break, the Golden Eagles would go on to extend their unanswered streak of points before the Grizzlies were able to find points again.
After the game, Blasi spoke about the offseason and how it felt to see the preparation starting to pay off.
“It feels great, all of the work we have put in all summer it feels like it is starting to pay off but this only the beginning, we just have to go out and keep working,” Blasi explained.
QB1 agreed, calling the second half burst something he knew this team was capable of.
“It was a 0-0 game. We had to keep our foot on the gas and go out there end execute and do what we do best,” Smarsh agreed.
Geremiah Moore led the Grizzly running attack, rushing for 235 yards on 20 carries and 3 scores. He also put up 136 yards in the aerial attack going 10-12 from the pocket.
Smarsh had the hot hand in the Carroll attack finishing the night 9-12, with 191 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Jadonn Williams helped in the ground attack adding 44 yards on 6 carries.
Bishop Carroll returns in a week against Wichita South, while Wichita Northwest is set for a game against Wichita Heights.
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