Bishop McCort High School







Friday October 15, 2010 - Point Stadium - Johnstown, PA
Johnstown 27, Bishop McCort 14 (4-3)

Bishop McCort was unable to overcome Johnstown High's big plays as the Trojans won the "City Championship" by defeating the Crushers 27-14.  McCort's turnovers also played a big role in the contest.  "Overall I am very pleased with our intensity level," said head coach Ken Salem.  "Our defense played really well against some good athletes.  But if you take away the two or three big plays we gave up on defense and add those to the turnovers that we gave them on offense, that's the difference in the game."

"We came into this game knowing that we would be in a battle and we made it a battle and I couldn't be more proud of the effort.  We just have to come up with a way to keep our offense from shooting us in the foot.  If we quit turning it over, we can beat anybody.  You can't take away from Johnstown's effort.  They made the big plays when they had to."

The Trojans opened the scoring with a 26 yard pass play from Gervon Simon to Dwight Andrews.  The PAT kick made the score 7-0 at the 7:08 mark of the first.  Late in the second quarter the Crushers began a drive at their 24, but on first down, a McCort fumble was recovered by Shon Brantley at McCort's 23.  Five plays later, Simon plunged in from the one for a 14-0 advantage with 1:46 left in the half.  McCort's final drive of the half was stopped by an interception.

The Crushers' second possession after intermission was set up by a 43 yard punt return by Anthony LaRue which put the ball at the Trojans' four.  LaRue picked up the final three yards on second down and Jordan Spangler's kick put the score at 14-7.  On Johnstown's next possession, McCort's defense had played well, but Alkwan Williams broke some tackles on a third down pass and rambled 55 yards to the McCort 13.  Marc Watson earned a TD from the six which put Johnstown ahead 21-7.

Salem rolled the dice on a fourth-and-3 from their own 46.  Varga gained 21 yards on a fake punt which put the ball at Johnstown's 33.  The Crushers capped the 74 yard drive on 13 plays when Jesse Cooper hit Christian Leech in the back of the endzone for a 12 yard TD strike.  The PAT made it 21-14 and the Crushers appeared to have momentum.

After Spangler's kickoff went into the endzone for a touchback, Simon killed that momentum on first down going 80 yards down the left side for the Trojans' final touchdown of the game.  McCort's comeback attempt was thwarted by a fumble and an interception in the fourth quarter.

Looking ahead to the remaining games on the schedule, Salem said, "We need to work hard to continue to improve so that we can win these games down this tough stretch.  Next week is another tough game.  Johnstown, Bishop Carroll, and Forest Hills are the three best teams in the conference and we need to play like we did tonight with the same kind of intensity.  We just need to eliminate the turnovers.

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