T-D HS Football

Marauders take advantage of Highlanders' miscues

By: By Mary Calissie

PATTON —  Fumbles and penalties were the name of the game Friday night as the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders defeated the Cambria Heights Highlanders 17-3.
 Both teams started off their first possessions coughing the ball up on third down with the Highlanders finally holding on to the ball long enough to put together a 50-yard drive that was highlighted by a 30-yard reception from Sophomore quarterback Eddie Link to senior wide receiver Shawn Lacue. The drive ended with a 33 yard field goal by junior kicker Johnny Galinis. It was the first and only time the home team would have the lead.
Bishop Guilfoyle regained possession after a 25 yard kick off return by Sophomore Aaron Yasiliutiss put the Marauders at 50 yard line. They failed to take advantage of the field position being penalized for a holding call that negated a nifty 10-yard scamper by quarterback Sam McCloskey and a delay of game penalty on a third-and-inches play which forced a punt.
Heights had the ball for one possession before Guilfoyle’s Brandon Chadbourn made a leaping one handed interception of Link’s pass attempt to a streaking Heights receiver running the ball back to the Heights 5-yard line before he was tackled. Two plays later, McCloskey broke a 4-yard run through the endzone to give the Marauders a 6-3 lead with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
It was all BG needed.
The second quarter was series of running plays, penalties and fumbles by both teams. All totaled the Marauders had six penalities for 40 yards and Heights had two for 15 yards. Guilfoyle fumbled the ball twice and threw one interception, and the Highlanders had one fumble and two interceptions in the first half. Those sloppy numbers masked some fine running by Bishoop Guilfoyle’s McCloskey, who had 32 yards on seven runs and completed 2 of 4 passes for 32 yards in the first half. On the other side, Heights relied on  Josh Frees for the bulk of the running. The big senior had 12 carries for 23 yards.
Guilfoyle got the ball after the half and with a one two punch of McCloskey and Yasiliutis drove the ball 47 yards, 6 and 41 yards respectively, to score a  34-yard field goal off the toe of Jared Verba giving it a 9-3 advantage.
The onslaught of penalities and turnovers continued with neither team being able to capitalize on field position or the others mistakes.
Then with a little over a minute left in the 3rd quarter, Bishop Guilfoyle punter bobbled the ball turning it over yet again. Cambria Heights took the momentum swing and drove the ball down the field with Fees running the ball five times for 21 yards and putting the Highlanders within two yards of a game changing touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter when on a second-and-goal play the ball popped out of the scrum in the air and was snagged by Bishop Guilfoyle defensive end Matt Gormley who scooted down the sideline for 20 yards.
 Penalities again plagued the Highlanders and after stopping the Marauders, the punter was roughed on the ensuing punt giving Bishop Guilfoyle the ball.
 With 2:45 remaining in the game, the Marauders finished the evenings scoring with back to back 20 yard runs by McCloskey and DJ Kitt who scored on his 20-yard scamper. The point conversion was good from McCloskey to Yasiliutis.
 Both teams are 1-2.