Bishop Guilfoyle Gets 55-3 Win Over Somerset
Written by: Ben McCloskey on Sunday, October 29th, 2017
After finishing the last 3 regular seasons undefeated, Bishop Guilfoyle looked to extend on that streak in their final regular season game against the Somerset Golden Eagles. Guilfoyle is coming off a 31-7 win over the Johnstown Trojans while the Eagles look to try and get another win after defeating the Penn Cambria Panthers 15-6. Guilfoyle would go home with the 55-3 win over the Eagles.
Over the last 3 seasons, Somerset hasn’t been able to match up against Bishop Guilfoyle’s team, dropping the last three games. Somerset is coming into this game with a 3-6 record while the Marauders come into the game tonight with a spotless record or 9-0. Somerset has shown some flashes of great play at time, but sometimes show inconstant play, while the Marauders appear to be getting better every week.
All night long it was a cold and rainy one, but the Marauders and Eagles looked to square off on Senior Night. The Marauders would open the game receiving the ball. Daniel Potopa fielded the Somerset kick and took it back to the 35 yard line. After a series of plays, Josh Yasulitis was able to open the scoring for BG, scoring from one yard out. After kicking the extra point, Kolton McGhee would kick off to Somerset, resulting in a touchback. Somerset was able to sustain a short drive, but before long they would be forced to punt. The Marauders would look to score on their second drive and began marching down the field. The drive would stall at the Somerset 40, and the Marauders would bring out the punt team.
Somerset would start another drive but again the stout Marauder defense would hold strong, forcing a turnover, and put the offense back on the field. They would start the drive at the Somerset 29, where after a short series of plays Josh Yasulitis would find the endzone again with 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
Somerset would get the ball back but only to turn it back into the hands of the Marauders where they would look to build on their lead. The Marauder drive would be highlighted by a 37 yard Josh Yasulitis run and yet another Yasulitis touchdown. With his third touchdown of the night the Marauders would extend their lead now to 21-0.
Somerset would now look to drive and make some progress against the Marauders defense after Daniel Potopa muffed a punt and the kicking team recovered at the Guilfoyle 47. After some runs by Tyler Rios and some plays by Ryan Funa the Eagles were able to position themselves in scoring range. After the Marauders forced a fourth down, the Eagles were able to put their first and only points on the board with a 27 yard field goal from Kurt Pucci.
After a 22 yard return by Michael Berish, the Marauders began the drive with a pass. Mark Conrad scrambled around and was able to find Daniel Potopa deep down field for a 63 yard catch. Potopa would be tackled short of the endzone, where Josh Yasulitis would find the endzone for the fourth consecutive time last night, this time from 5 yards out. The Marauders now led 28-3 with around 5 minutes remaining before halftime. Again another Somerset drive failed and Guilfoyle got the ball back with little time remaining in the second quarter. The Marauders would be able to score another touchdown, this one through the air as Josh Yasulitis found Michael Berish for a 16 yard touchdown with under 2 minutes in the second quarter.
Somerset would start the second half with the ball, but continued the pattern of not finding the endzone. Guilfoyle would get the ball back and this time someone new would find the endzone as Max Sankey was able to score from 3 yards out, beginning the 35 point mercy rule.
With the mercy rule in effect the game would progress quickly as both teams swapped 2 more drives. BG was able to capitalize on those two drives as Caleb Crawford would take a pitch down the left side of the field 39 yards for a touchdown, and Adam Chadbourn would sneak into the endzone from 1 yard out, making the score 55-3.
All game long the Eagles were unable to stop the run, as Josh Yasulitis found the endzone 4 times on the ground and threw for another touchdown, capping off his stellar 5 touchdown performance.
Somerset would have an occasional decent play, but their night was plagued with turnovers, throwing 2 Interceptions and fumbling 7 snaps, 3 of which would be recovered by the Marauders. Many of these unfortunate plays would turn into points for the Marauders as Mark Conrad and Kolton McGhee would intercept those passes and Charles Patterson would recover one of the fumbled snaps.
The Marauders held the Somerset offense to 57 total yards while they put up big numbers, combining for 417 yards of total offense, with 287 yards on the ground. Josh Yasulitis would lead all rushers, carrying 14 times for 123 yards.
With a 55-3 win, the Marauders end the Eagles 2017 season and look to head into playoffs, chasing another D6 title and looking to ultimately fill their goal of a 4th consecutive trip to Hershey. There first round of the district 6 playoffs will be a bye as they wait to see who their next opponent will be.
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