Bishop Carrol’s Brody Shuty began the season catching passes for the Huskies.
Now, the senior captain is throwing them.
Turns out, Shuty is pretty effective running Carroll’s offense from the quarterback position.
The 5-3 Huskies will need a big game out of Shuty and Company tonight against 6-2 Bedford at St. Francis University (7:30 p.m.).
“Last (week) was his third game at quarterback,” Huskies coach Greg Snyder said of Shuty. “He’s an athlete. He can make things happen. He gives us a big time threat to the outside to run, and that certainly helps our inside game. The last two weeks our offense has really been clicking.”
Injuries forced Shuty into the quarterback spot during a 14-7 loss to a Bishop Guilfoyle team that brings a six-game winning streak into this week.
The Huskies defense has been formidable throughout the season, but the offense has come up big the past two weeks in wins at Johnstown (47-35) and against Cambria Heights (36-14).
“Brody has been phenomenal. He had around 100 yards rushing against Johnstown,” Snyder said. “He almost had 100 yards rushing against Guilfoyle, and he almost had 100 passing yards against Heights. He’s a great kid, a really smart kid. He’s really stepped up.”
Shuty has completed 8 of 28 passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He’s rushed for 265 yards on 39 carries, a 6.8 average, to complement Carroll’s standout senior back Tyler Janosik, who has 742 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 139 carries. Shuty had 271 receiving yards on 15 catches before the move.
“Janosik is a threat running the football. We want to make sure we limit his yardage,” Bedford coach Kevin Steele said.
“With Shuty at quarterback the last couple weeks they’ve scored a few more points and he’s a threat running the ball. They’ve diversified their attack.”
Bedford beat Central Cambria (28-14) last week to successfully rebound from a tough setback at Somerset (35-27).
The Bisons have multiple contributors on offense, with quarterback Austin Montgomery throwing for 601 yards, four touchdowns and an interception, and four backs with 300 or more rushing yards. Junior Jeremiah Bingham (456 yards, six touchdowns), senior Kody Blevins (383, three), sophomore Montgomery (345, seven) and sophomore August Cook (307, four) have combined for 20 touchdowns.
“Our kids continue to improve each week,” Steele said. “They’re working very hard. We have a very coachable group of young men.
“Fortunately, we’ve had a lot of kids step up. Both older kids and younger kids have played very well. Our offensive line has done a nice job. Between Montgomery, Bingham, Cook and Blevins, we’ve had several weapons. We continue to seek balance both running and throwing the football.”
Steele knows Carroll presents some challenges.
“They’re a very aggressive defense. They have good size and athleticism,” he said. “They’ve had good success on defense and created turnovers. Teams have not had a lot of success against them. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”
Snyder sees similarities on the line.
“I like our size and I like our speed up front,” Snyder said. “Bedford is a big team. They remind me of our team a little bit.
“They like to throw a little more than we do. We like to grind it out and pound it out. Games can be won in the trenches. We’re going to have to see if our line can get to their line in order for us to be successful.”
Bishop McCort at Bishop Guilfoyle
A year ago, Bishop Guilfoyle entered Point Stadium with a six-game winning streak and seven victories in eight dates. The Marauders left with a 37-0 shellacking courtesy of Bishop McCort.
This season, Guilfoyle (6-2) has won six straight since an 0-2 start. Bishop McCort (2-6) has won two of its past three games after and 0-5 start.
“It’s definitely a big game for us,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “Last year we came in with the same kind of momentum and they came in, and we played our worst game of the year against them, and they took it to us.”
Marauders junior quarterback Brandon Chadbourn has been a difference maker since returning under center five weeks ago following an injury. Chadbourn has passed for 479 yards and four touchdowns, and he’s rushed for 537 yards and seven scores. Junior Sam McCloskey has 493 rushing yards and five touchdowns as the Marauders have moved into the fifth spot in the 6-A rankings.
McCort has used a tandem of sophomore Blake Wade and freshman Levi Cook at quarterback. On the ground, the Crushers have gained 958 yards with 11 touchdowns, led by senior Tyler Rugg’s 373 yards and four scores.
Somerset at Cambria Heights
Somerset (7-1) followed its only loss of the season with a pair of victories over tough LHAC opponents in Forest Hills (32-16) and Bedford (35-27).
Golden Eagles senior Tanner Stull is among the area leaders with 605 rushing yards on 88 carries despite missing time due to an injury. Somerset’s defense has been key to the Golden Eagles’ success, with Logan Eller third in the area with 102 tackles and first with eight sacks.
Somerset is third in the District 5-6-8-9 Class AAA rankings with 790 points, 80 behind University Prep.
Cambria Heights (1-7) has lost six straight since a Week 2 win over Westmont Hilltop. Josh Fees has 646 rushing yards on 132 carries.
Richland at Central Cambria
Richland (8-0) had a close game in Week 6, edging Somerset by four points on a touchdown in the closing seconds. Since then, the 6-AA top-ranked Rams have scored 107 points in back-to-back wins over Westmont (63-14) and Penn Cambria (44-0).
Senior back Tanner Solarczyk is a force with 1,089 rushing yards on 106 carries, second-best in the area. He has 11 touchdowns and 70 points. Quarterback Matt Shaffer is the area’s leading passer with 1,606 yards and 25 touchdown passes. Kyle Flick is second with 628 receiving yards on 33 catches.
Central Cambria (5-3) could notch a signature win and move up the 6-AA rankings with an upset. The Devils are fifth with 640 points after dropping two straight games to Bedford (28-14) and Bishop Guilfoyle (30-6).
Red Devils junior quarterback Will Seymour is versatile with 799 passing yards and 494 rushing yards, including 11 touchdowns on the ground. Senior Tanner Ambrisco has 35 catches for 382 yards.
Greater Johnstown at Forest Hills
Johnstown (3-5) led at halftime last week against Bishop Carroll, but lost a high-scoring slugfest 47-35.
The setback kept the Trojans at 250 points in the fourth spot in the District 5-6-8-9 Class AAA rankings, only 20 in front of Punxsutawney.
Johnstown quarterback Jeremy Updyke is fourth in the area with 1,191 passing yards and has thrown 10 touchdowns. Receiver Deion Robinson ranks fourth with 461 yards on 20 catches.
Forest Hills (4-4) lost 32-16 to LHAC power Somerset last week and continued an up-and-down season one week after beating Penn Cambria 22-6.
The Rangers need to gain some momentum to build on their 420 points, good for 10th in 6-AA. Quarterback Joe Donoughe is third in the area with 1,268 passing yards and eight passing touchdowns. Donoughe also has 10 touchdowns, a field goal, an extra-point and three conversions for 70 points. Shareef Blough has 26 catches for 426 yards.
Westmont Hilltop at Penn Cambria
Points have been scarce for Penn Cambria (1-7), which fell 44-0 at Richland in Week 8. The Panthers have tallied 60 points in eight games and have been shut out three times, held to two points in another game and single digits two other times.
The Panthers beat Cambria Heights 32-22 in Week 6.
Westmont (0-8) has moved the ball with consistency but is winless largely because opponents have been able to score 386 points against the Hilltoppers, an average of 48.3 a game.
Hilltopper Sam Curry has rushed for 892 yards, fifth-best in the area. Receiver Colin Barron has 31 catches for 436 yards, also ranking fifth in the area.
Blacklick Valley at North Star
The road gets a bit tougher for Blacklick Valley as the Vikings, on a two-game winning streak, head to Boswell.
Blacklick (2-5) beat Conemaugh Valley 22-13 last week and defeated Ferndale 44-19 in Week 7. Senior Garrett Smith has more than 400 rushing yards for the Vikings. Freshman Ian Scott has 313.
North Star senior back Thomas Miller ranks third in the area with 979 rushing yards on 126 carries. The Cougars pounded West Greene 48-8 on the road last week, bouncing back from a 6-0 loss to Meyersdale in Week 7. North Star is fifth in 5-A with 25 points, tied with Windber and seven back of Northern Bedford.
North Star has won six of the past seven against Blacklick, with the Vikings’ most recent victory in 2009.
Meyersdale at Shade
Meyersdale (7-1) is coming off its biggest win of the season, knocking off previously undefeated Berlin in triple overtime 46-38 last week to move into a tie for second place in the 5-A ratings.
The Red Raiders will be wary of a Shade (4-4) team that beat Marion Center 13-6 last week to end a two-game skid in which Berlin (49-0) and North Star (12-0) shut out the Panthers.
Meyersdale back Gavin Berkley had 152 rushing yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over Berlin. He ranks sixth in the area with 836 rushing yards on 126 carries.
Shade’s Tyler Kline ran for 128 yards last week and has 396 for the season.
Northern Cambria at Ligonier Valley
Ligonier Valley (6-2) will try to rebound from a rare two-game losing streak against conference rival Northern Cambria (4-4).
The Rams are sitting in the sixth spot in 6-AA with 630 rating points. The Colts are 10th in 6-A with 450.
Ligonier’s Alec Bloom has an area-best 45 receptions and 830 receiving yards. The 6-foot-7 Division I UConn recruit has 13 touchdowns and 82 points. Quarterback Scott Fennell ranks second with 1,418 passing yards and has 13 touchdown passes.
Northern Cambria’s Joey Frontino is 12th in the area with 626 rushing yards on 97 attempts. The Colts have gained 2,069 yards on the ground, an average of 258.6 a game.
Since 2007, Ligonier lost two in a row only once – dropping the final game of the 2011 regular season to Philipsburg and then losing to Richland in the 6-AA playoffs.
United at Marion Center
Winless United (0-8) and one-win Marion Center (1-7) each are trying to get on track.
Marion Center hasn’t won since a 21-18 victory at Saltsburg in Week 2. United has scored a combined 33 points in its past five games.
Fort Hill, Md. at Chestnut Ridge
Chestnut Ridge carries a five-game winning streak into perhaps its toughest test of the season to date.
Undefeated Fort Hill (Md.) has outscored opponents 299-69 and has allowed only a combined nine points in the past two weeks.
Ridge is led by Matt Wiley’s 717 rushing yards on 117 carries. Beau Bosch has 389 rushing yards and 171 passing yards. Noah Osman leads the area with seven interceptions.
Chestnut Ridge came back to beat Allegany 21-16 last week in Cumberland, Md.
Fort Hill is ranked first in its region and second in its class in Maryland. The Sentinels put up 42 points in the first half of a 42-6 win over Southern, Md. last week.
Quarterback Hunter Squires completed 6 of 7 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, with Ty Johnson and Devin Shreve each grabbing a touchdown pass. Fullback Dekarai Darr had a team-best 112 rushing yards on six carries, including a 55-yard touchdown run. Alex Barnes had three carries, scoring on two of those, and Charlie Twigg scored a touchdown. Johnson, Shreve and Squires had interceptions.
Portage at Blairsville
Portage (6-1) has scored 222 points while running off five consecutive victories since a Week 2 loss at Berlin.
The Mustangs have 40 or more points in all but one of those games and had 50 points in a win over Shade.
Blairsville (5-3) has had two high-scoring wins in the last two weeks, with the Bobcats routing United (34-14) and blanking Saltsburg (41-0).
Portage currently ranks fourth in 6-A with 840 points. The Bobcats are ninth with 590 points, making the inter-conference match up even more significant.
Junior Caleb Kephart is fourth in the area with 955 rushing yards on 96 attempts for the Mustangs. Junior quarterback Michael Bryja is ninth in the passing statistics with 656 yards.
Blairsville junior running back Deion Robinson has 918 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Scott Thompson has thrown for 793 yards and five touchdowns.
Westinghouse at Berlin Brothersvalley
Berlin (7-1) looks to rebound after a drama-filled, triple-overtime loss at Meyersdale last week.
The Mountaineers added Westinghouse as a late replacement for Rockwood on the schedule. Berlin’s Braden Fochtman tops the area with 1,521 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns for 126 points.
Westinghouse (1-7) fell 31-6 to Carrick last week. The Pittsburgh City League team has scored only 12 points in the past four games, also losing via shutout to USO and Perry, while scoring only six points in a loss to Carylnton.
Berlin and Meyersdale (7-1) each have 35 points to tie for the second spot in 5-A, two points behind Tussey Mountain (7-1).
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/masty81.