Bishop McCort High School







Friday September 17, 2010 - Somerset, PA
Bishop McCort 28 (1-2), Somerset 14 (0-3)

Somerset had a 36:50 to 11:10 advantage in time of possession, but Bishop McCort used some big plays offensively and defensively to hold off the Eagles 28-14. The Crushers scored one touchdown in each quarter to build up a 28-0 lead while Somerset scored twice in the game' final five minutes.

"I was really pleased with our offensive and defensive line play at times," said head coach Ken Salem.  "I think we are understanding our schemes better and we're starting to be able to execute our game plans a little bit better.  We've always felt we had talented kids who can make plays.  It's just a matter of becoming a better team and executing better as a group and I think today we took the right step by trusting in each other and believing in each other."

For the first five minutes of the game, Somerset moved the football to the McCort 36 using ten plays, but had to punt on fourth down.  On the Crushers' first play from scrimmage, Anthony LaRue carried the ball 80 yards into the endzone.  Jordan Spangler kicked the first of four extra points for the 7-0 lead.

Late in the period, Somerset was forced to punt again.  It was returned to the Eagles' 32 by LaRue and four plays later McCort scored again, this time on a 9 yard run by Joe Hrbal early in the second.  Somerset's next drive used over nine minutes, but was stalled again after a quarterback sack at the Crushers' 32.

McCort took the second half kickoff and only needed three plays to cover 70 yards.  The touchdown was scored by Zach Varga with a 49 yard run.  Varga added a one yard TD run with 9:15 left in the fourth quarter.  Nicholas Roth scored a touchdown at the 4:51 mark and added the two point conversion to make the score 28-8.  After the Eagles recovered an onside kick, Roth connected with Jordan Wilkow on a 13 yard pass play which set the final at 28-14.

"I was really excited that we were able to get our first win," said Salem.  "I thought we had a good effort tonight and we also executed a little bit better.  Offensively, I liked what we were able to do with the passing game.  We were able to attack the perimeter.  Jerqual Wilson and Christian Leech gave us a real nice one-two punch out there and Zach Varga ran with some passion tonight.  The offensive line executed their assignments more often."

"Defensively we were really concerned about their ability to run the option and we tried to be aggressive up front.  We wanted our defensive line to occupy their blockers so that our linebackers could make plays.  We had some good blitzes dialed up, our outside linebackers had great improvement this week.  We are working on team philosophies to become a better group and I think our kids are believing in each other."

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