Bishop Carroll squeezes past Kapaun for 25th straight Holy War win

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Bishop Carroll proving why it’s the number one 5A football team in the state with its 27-21 win over Kapaun Mt. Carmel in week six. Even though it’s the Holy war, a game high in emotions, coach Trail said his team needs to improve in a lot of area, primarily on defense.

“We’re too inconsistent in our execution. Offensively, we’re doing too many things to shoot ourselves in the foot,” said Carroll head coach Dusty Trail. “Defensively, we’ve got to tackle better and we’ve got to execute setting the edge a little better against the run.”

First drive of the game, Omari Elias got the hand off and carried it up the middle and was pushed through the wall of Carroll defenders by his teammates into the endzone. Kapaun on the scoreboard first, 7-0.

Carroll responded, Chase Smarsh fired it out to Luke Holthusen in the flat. Several Crusader tackles broken as he found his way in for the touchdown to tie the game up for the Golden Eagles, 7-7.

Still in the first half, Tate Blasi busted through traffic and into the open field, looked endzone bound until he was taken down by a couple Crusaders. Blasi fumbled the ball as he was tackled. Jackson Daniel fell on the loose ball and recorded the recovery for Kapaun.

That turnover led to a scoring play where KMC handed the ball off again to Elias who plowed his was in for his second touchdown of the game. That gave the Crusaders a 14-7 lead.

But the Golden Eagles stayed toe-to-toe with the Cruasders who entire first half. Smarsh dropped back and aired it out to Matt Holthusen who pulled off the one-handed catch over the defender in the endzone. Carroll kept it a tied game as both teams headed into the locker rooms.

Carroll came out of halftime with guns blazing and scored in the first 25 seconds of the second half to go up 21-14. But both teams being pretty evenly matched, they kept the scoreboard pretty even. Kapaun relied heavily on Elias for the entire game. He had another touchdown carry to make it a 21-21 game.

In the red-zone, Jadonn Williams got the carry and ran right through the middle, dragged a couple players along with him in for the score. A missed PAT made it a 27-21 lead for the Golden Eagles.

The Crusaders had several chances to score again. An interception while Carroll was in the red-zone which didn’t amount to any points for KMC. With less than two minutes to play, Kapaun started using its passing game to stretch down the field and stop the clock. They found success with that and looked like they might get their first win in 22 years against Carroll. But Michael Polley stepped up in the endzone and came away with the interception with less than a minute left in the game. Kapaun’s hopes were dashed and have now dropped it’s 25th straight game to Bishop Carroll.

Senior quarterback Chase Smarsh said, “The little things. We’ve just got to get better at keeping a consistent drive offense and defense, you know stopping the ball both ways.”

“Both of these teams, I think have a lot of heart, they play hard and I believe we’re going to see each other again probably down the road,” said Trail.

The Golden Eagles are now 5-1 and will host Wichita West next Friday. The Crusaders are also 5-1, suffering their first loss of the season. KMC will host Liberal next Friday.

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