It took a quarter for Bishop Carroll to start flexing its muscle in its district football opener against West.
Once it did, the Pioneers didn't have a chance.
Blake Bell threw for four first-half touchdowns and Tyler Nance added two first-half scores — one on a 46-yard punt return — as the Golden Eagles erupted for 28 second-quarter points and walloped the Pioneers 55-0 Thursday night at Carpenter Stadium.
"We made plays when we needed to and I was happy with that," Carroll coach Alan Schuckman said. "You can call it what you want — I wouldn't say it was a slow start, I'll credit that to them."
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West was up to the challenge early, forcing Carroll into fourth-and-goal on the Eagles' first possession. That ended with Bell's 5-yard touchdown pass to Nance in the corner of the end zone.
The Pioneers then quickly drove into the red zone behind the running of freshman Wesley Collins, who had three carries for 38 yards. But the Eagles' defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs.
The West defense made the game's next big play, stripping Matt Melillo after a 38-yard pass play. Defensive back Omar Martin recovered at the Pioneer 29. That's the last turnover West would force, while the Pioneer offense turned it over five times.
"Offensively we protected the football and I was pleased with that," Schuckman said.
West made Bishop Carroll work on several drives, repeatedly forcing the Eagles into fourth down. But Bell threw three of his five touchdown passes on fourth down, also connecting with John Meis (17 yards) and Tanner Gilmore (15 yards).
"We made them earn their points," West coach Heath Henderson said. "It's good to see our players come back and fight. That's something we can build on next week against Liberal."
Weber took a pass in the flat, ran over a defender and went 52 yards for a score that ignited the Carroll offense in the opening minute of the second quarter. Five different players scored for Bishop Carroll in the first half, which ended 35-0.
"That's neat," Schuckman said. "It's good we had lots of opportunities for people to play."
West seemed to be one play away from getting on the scoreboard. But penalties, drops and turnovers prevented the Pioneers from getting on the scoreboard. Two trips in the red zone ended on downs and with an interception, respectively. On the play following the Pioneers' longest gain of the night — a 38-yard catch-and-run by Jamez Jones — a bad pitch by quarterback Dorian Flournoy was recovered by the Eagles at midfield.
Bishop Carroll (7-0, 7-0) 7 28 14 6 — 55 West (1-6, 1-6) 0 0 0 0 — 0
B—Nance 5 pass from Bell (Straka kick)
B—Weber 52 pass from Bell (kick failed)
B—Mies 17 pass from Bell (Bell run)
B—Nance 46 punt return (Straka kick)
B—Crippen 11 pass from Bell (Straka kick)
B—Gilmore 15 pass from Bell (Straka kick)
B—Gilmore 31 pass from Bell (Bailey kick)
B—Weber 7 run (run failed)
Rushing—Carroll, Weber 20-156, Nance 2-8, Barrientos 2-6, Maly 1-8. West, Collins 17-81, Flournoy 10-30, Martin 1-minus 1.
Passing—Carroll, Bell 17-27-245-0, Holman 1-1-9-0. West, Flournoy 11-26-82-3.
Receiving—Carroll, Nance 4-26, Gilmore 3-53, Mies 3-43, Weber 2-60, Melillo 1-38, Crippen 1-11, McGreevy 1-9, Maly 1-8, Brittain 1-6, Sullivan 1-0. West, Jones 6-78, Collins 3-1, Ruecker 1-9, Washington 1-4.