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Marauders Begin Third Title Defense With 42-6 Win Over Bedford

Written by: on Sunday, August 27th, 2017


Some things have become a constant for the Marauders of Bishop Guilfoyle. For the 48th straight game, the Bishop Guilfoyle fans were treated to a win, the team on the other side of the field walked out with a loss, the scoreboard rang up a lot of points, Mark Conrad scored another touchdown, Kolton McGhee kicked a bunch of touchbacks and Jorden Mclure was on the sidelines. Ok, I’ll admit it. I was just searching for a way to get a picture of Jorden in my article. One of the best football fans I ever met.

The win didn’t really come as easy as that though. Bishop Guilfoyle used 2 quarterbacks, a hail Mary at the end of the first half, an interception to start the second half and pinned the Bison deep in their own territory many times to eventually pull away for a 42-6 win. “Yeah, we got off to a slow start. but we just kept playing with confidence. Bedford is a good team” said Conrad.

The Marauders stepped out to a quick 7-0 thanks to a 4 yard run by Max Sankey. From that point until 9:51 in the second the teams traded punts 5 times, each having no more than 4 plays per drive. The Marauders then hit paydirt when Conrad found Michael Berish deep over the middle for a 76 yard td. McGhee hit his second of 6 extra points to make it 14-0.

The Bison, however, didn’t give up.  Their ensuing drive failed but a nice punt pinned BG deep at their 4. The Bison defense came up big, forcing a fumble and AJ Abraham pounced on the ball. From there quarterback Davis Kline led the Bison to the 17 yard line. On third down he found Tyler Dawson over the middle, and the senior made a few moves to get into the endzone. The extra point kick bounced off the uprights, but Bedford was right back in the game trailing only by 8 with just 39 seconds left in the first half.

It was then that Head Coach Justin Wheeler made a critical decision. “We were planning on going for a field goal, because Kolton (McGhee) has the leg to do it. “But we have kids that are athletes, and Mark is definitely one of them. So we decided ‘let’s see what happens” Wheeler said. Josh Yasulitis lined up at quarterback, and after the ball was snapped he just heaved it downfield and Conrad hauled it in for the 43 yard catch. “Josh can’t throw very well, but he can throw far” said Conrad. “I just got fortunate and the ball just kinda fell into my arms.” Instead of going into halftime with just an 8 pint lead, the Marauders now held a 21-6 lead. “It kind of steamrolled from there. Mistakes and turnovers just kind of did us in,” said Bedford coach Kevin Steele. “The play before the half certainly hurt. It’s a game of athletes making plays, and their athletes made more plays. They made more plays than our athletes made tonight.”


When the second half opened, Davis Kline made his first mistake of the night. Daniel Potopa intercepted his pass at the 30. From there Berish had one of the best runs of the night, fighting for a 15 yard score on a short pass from Conrad. From there the Marauders cruised getting 2 more scores from Yasulitis and Luke Wills.


Dylan Arnold was impressive for the Bison, gaining 106 yards on 9 carries. Below he plows his way for a 45 yard run in the second that actually gave Bedford a shot at another score, but consecutive penalties move them from the 15 back to the 42 yard line.




Bishop Guilfoyle will move on to play Westmont while the Bison get Central Cambria


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