Ruffing & Harris carry Bishop Canevin over Avella @bishopcanevin @BCCrusaderFB @RyanCecchini @AvellaArea
Written by: Shane Lux on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
Johnathan Ruffing and Keyshawn Harris combined to score five rushing touchdowns to lead to Bishop Canevin to their first win of the season.
“The boys battled hard, and it was close for a while,” said Bishop Canevin head coach Chris Lucas. “I thought our conditioning took over in the second half. Our guys showed the will to win.”
Ruffing had a hand in all three first-half touchdowns for the Crusaders – scoring on runs of five and 11 yards. He also tossed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Arthur Williams. He finished the night with 202 yards of total offense (52 rushing, 150 passing).
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“He is the absolute leader of this team, he’s one of the hardest workers,” said Lucas of Ruffing. “He just plays the game hard from start to finish.”
Harris chipped in with a game-high 144 yards on 16 carries including 129 of those yards coming in the second half.
“With Keyshawn, we’ve seen glimpses that he’s had the potential, and he showed it tonight,” Lucas said. “He’s only a freshman, and he’s going to improve every week.”
Bishop Canevin built a 20-6 halftime lead before a 45-minute weather delay following the band’s halftime performances would stall the game.
“I was worried when we came out, I thought we came out a little out of focus after that,” said Lucas. “But that is expected, after the initial series we got things back on track.”
“It’s always a difficult transition because that is never something you prepare for,” said Avella head coach Ryan Cecchini. “It’s an odd thing that only happens every once in a while. You have to try and do the best you can.”
Avella got a big game for senior Owen English who accounted for 133 yards of total offense but was sidelined for the rest of the first half with a rib injury following his 27-yard touchdown run that pulled the Eagles to within 7-6 on the first play of the second quarter.
“We did some things well, and we did some things not so well. We have a lot of ups and downs,” said Cecchini. “We have to be more consistent as a team. We have four sophomores and a freshman starting on our line. That’s where we’re hurting right now.”
English returned only to play sparingly in the second half. His 22-yard touchdown reception from Noah Taylor would be all the closer Avella would get at 20-12 at the 9:08 mark of the third quarter.
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Keyshawn Harris ripped off two touchdowns of 27 and two yards, while also having a big gainer of 45 yards. Ruffing also ran a second-half touchdown for the Crusaders.
For Bishop Canevin it marked a bounce-back game after a Week Zero loss to Carlynton.
“We needed this game tonight, we needed to get a win before heading into conference play next week,” said Lucas. “The kids needed this game to gain confidence heading up to Laurel next week.”
Frank Craig led Avella with 135 yards on 14 carries, and Noah Taylor scored the Eagles other touchdown on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
“We have to take the positives, one good thing is that this was a non-conference game,” said Cecchini. “We open conference play next week, and we have to go from there. There is still a lot of football that needs to to be played.”
Bishop Canevin 40 Avella 18
Score by Quarters
Avella – 0 6 6 6 – 18
Bishop Canevin – 7 13 7 13 – 40
BC – Johnathan Ruffing 5 yd run (Jerod Witwicki pat), 3:25
A – Owen English 27 yd run (rush failed), 11:53
BC – Arthur Williams 75 yd pass from Ruffing (Witwicki pat), 9:28
BC – Ruffing 11 yd run (kick failed), 6:51
A – English 22 yd pass from Noah Taylor (rush failed), 9:08
BC – Ruffing 8 yd run (Witwicki pat), 3:15
A – Taylor 3 yd run (kick blocked), 11:53
BC – Keyshawn Harris 27 yd run (Witwicki pat), 9:27
BC – Harris 2 yd run (kick failed), 7:38
Rushing: Avella – English 6-66, Frank Craig 14-135, Taylor 9-(-19), Mike Evans 7-22, Caden Unger 5-12, Team 2-(-25). Totals: 43-191. Bishop Canevin – Ruffing 14-52, Harris 16-144, #24 4-5. Totals: 34-201.
Passing: Avella – English 1-for-3 19 yards, Taylor 4-for-11 69 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Bishop Canevin – Ruffing 6-for-10 150 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, Willie Bank-Hicks 0-for-1.
Receiving: Avella – Brandon Samol 1-9, Justin Dryer 2-31, English 2-48. Bishop Canevin – Williams 1-75, Lee Li 2-32, Banks-Hicks 2-29, Harris 1-14.
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