BG Dominates Second Half in 31-7 Win
Written by: Ben McCloskey on Saturday, October 21st, 2017
After a great performance last week, Bishop Guilfoyle would look to extend the streak against a tough Johnstown team. The Marauders managed to pull out a 31-7 win, dominating the second half.
Anyone in attendance Friday night could just feel that this was going to be a big game. It was the Trojans Senior night and both stands were packed. Johnstown was looking to knock off the reigning LHAC champs while BG was looking to silence the doubters as many local sports writers predicted a Trojan win. The Trojans gave the Marauders a handful last season, but nothing they couldn’t handle scoring on a last minute drive to win 21-14.
The Marauders opened the game at their own 36 yard line. After a first down the Marauders couldn’t make another one and were forced to punt the ball away. Johnstown started their drive looking to put the first points up on the board. After a dropped pass up the middle and a deep ball drop the Marauders managed to get the ball back.
Guilfoyle was able to take the ball all the way to the Trojans 27 but couldn’t drive any further and were forced to take a 3 point chip in. The Marauders kicked off to the Trojans and looked to keep up the tough defense.
Once again the stiff Marauder defense was able to keep the Trojans out of the endzone and get the ball back. On the second play of the drive Josh Yasulitis threw the ball to the right side of the field only to be intercepted by Kahari Perry. Johnstown’s following drive would stall as they turned the ball back to the Marauder’s possession.
In the early minutes of the second quarter the Marauders were able to drive down the field and put the ball at the one yard line where Mark Conrad would sneak into the endzone. The extra point was good and the Marauders were able to go up 10-0
After another failed Johnstown drive the Marauders were able to get the ball back and return the ball to the one yard line. After several attempts at runs up the middle, Mark Conrad runs to the right and has the ball punched out. Johnstown recovers and tries to find the endzone before the half, but comes up short when Conrad intercepted an Austin Barber pass in the back of the endzone.
Guilfoyle comes out of the half up 10 and looking to seal the deal in the second half. The Trojans started the half with the ball and tried to finally gain some ground. The Marauders continued the stellar defensive performance stopping the Trojans and getting the ball back. The next Marauder drive would be highlighted by John Fanelli making some big plays and punching one into the endzone from 3 yards out.
Johnstown was unable to get anything done offensively and had a hard time stopping the Marauders powerful offense. On the next drive the Marauders were forced to punt. The punt was fielded by Imil Britt for Johnstown who, after making multiple defenders miss, would take it into the endzone at the end of the 3rd for the Trojans only score of the night.
The Marauders would hold the Johnstown offense scoreless for the rest of the night while Josh Yasulitis would find the endzone twice in the fourth quarter to make the score 31-7.
The strong defensive performance would be highlighted by 2 interceptions from Michael McCall and two more interceptions from Mark Conrad. On offense the Marauders would pound it out on the ground, getting the edge in the rushing game and running for 202 yards. 104 of those yards coming from RB Josh Yasulitis. Johnstown also broke the 100 yard mark rushing but were able to get more yards through the air, throwing for 123 yards compared to Guilfoyle’s 84.
The Marauders go on to play the Somerset Eagles next week at Mansion park and the Trojans look to take on the Cambria Heights Higlanders.
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