Bishop Carroll hangs on for win at Great Bend

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The Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles won on the road against the Great Bend Panthers 36 to 33.

Bishop Carroll Golden Eagle #18 Aiden Niedens hands the ball off to #20 Jackson Nichols in the second quarter. The Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles faced the Great Bend Panthers at Memorial Stadium in Great Bend, Kansas on September 28, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The Golden Eagles traveled to Great Bend to face a tough 5A opponent in the Panthers.

The game got off to a slow start with both teams trading punts. With about five minutes left in the first quarter, Bishop Carroll quarterback Cade Becker scrambled on a play only to be tackled down to the turf on his shoulder. He tried to keep going for another play, but he clearly favored the injured shoulder. After the possession ended in a punt, he would be finished for the night.

Great Bend took the ball and quarterback Koy Brack threw it 66 yards down the field to Alex Schremmer to put the Panthers on the board. Dani Franco's point after touchdown kick went wide of the goal posts.

Carroll took over with the ball on their 10-yard line. Sophomore Aiden Neidens stepped into the quarterback role and marched the team all the way down the field. Jackson Nichols capped the drive with a three-yard run to give the Golden Eagles the lead after the PAT.

Great Bend answered right back in under a minute after a long pass play set up Koy Brack for a four-yard quarterback keeper. They tried for a two-point conversion, but it was unsuccessful. The Panthers reclaimed the lead at 12 to 7.

Bishop Carroll would answer with another long drive to retake the lead 14 to 12. This time Brady Bockover carried the ball into the end zone from three-yards out.

The Golden Eagles went up 21 to 12 on an Aiden Neidens scramble into the end zone from seven yards out and 47 seconds remaining in the half.

Great Bend decided the half was not over. The kickoff from Bishop Carroll went out of bounds and the Panthers took over on the 35-yard line. With 13 seconds left on the clock, Koy Brack took the ball in for a touchdown again.

The half ended with a score of Bishop Carroll 21 Great Bend 19.

The second half started on a rough note for Bishop Carroll. The Golden Eagle offense had a total of three three-and-outs. During that time, Great Bend retook the lead on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Brack to Alex Schremmer.

Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Brack would throw another 35-yard pass for a touchdown. This time he found Dalton Miller for the score. The Panthers led 33 to 21 at this point.

Bishop Carroll was not finished though.

Two minutes later, Aiden Neidens threw a pass to Gunner Lynch for their first points of the second half.

Great Bend tried to respond, but the Golden Eagle defense came alive and forced a punt.

At the three minutes remaining mark, a crucial fourth and inches ended in a three-yard gain. The Golden Eagles would go on to add another touchdown on Brady Bockover's second score of the night. Bishop Carroll elected to try for two points and were successful.

The score stood at 36 to 33 Bishop Carroll with 2:11 remaining on the clock.

Great Bend started from near the 35-yard line. They faced a fourth and long and got a defensive pass interference call to extend the drive. Bishop Carroll would end up with 11 penalties on the night, a number not normally seen for the Golden Eagles.

A series of long passes to receivers near the sideline pushed the Panthers to a first and goal with 1:29 remaining.

The next three plays went backward for Great Bend. Faced with a crucial fourth down, they choose to try to tie the game with a 33-yard field goal. Dani Franco's kick again went wide of the mark.

The Golden Eagles held on to win the game.

Bishop Carroll head coach Dusty Trail praised his young new quarterback. "He did a great job," said Coach Trail. "He's just a sophomore so he's learning. He did a great job extending plays with his feet and making some great passes."

"I did not feel good watching Great Bend get down to the five at the end," said Coach Trail. "Our kids made a great goal-line stand there.

Both teams end the night with a record of three wins and two losses. Great Bend stays home for another week as Andover Central comes to Barton County.

Bishop Carroll will face longtime rival Kapaun-Mount Carmel in the Holy War at Cessna Stadium.