East tried to stifle Bishop Carroll’s potent pass offense by frequently blitzing, and the Blue Aces did manage to slow down the Golden Eagles.
But East also allowed Bishop Carroll to frequently start deep in East territory, and the Golden Eagles converted enough of those opportunities for a 35-7 victory Friday night at Heights and improved to 5-0.
Only one of Carroll’s five touchdown drives began on its side of the field. The Golden Eagles scored on drives of 42, 25, 35 and 29 yards. Their only prolonged drive was one of 75 yards in the third quarter.
Golden Eagles coach Alan Schuckman said that even with the short fields, his team sometimes couldn’t capitalize. Four Carroll drives into East territory ended with the Golden Eagles turning the ball over on downs.
“We got two quick scores and had opportunities to get three others, and we didn’t get it done,” Schuckman said. “But we still got the ‘W.’
“They did a good job defensing us and gave us some issues, and we hit some good pass plays that really opened the doors.”
Carroll quarterback Blake Bell maneuvered his way around the pressure and was only sacked once. He passed for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and scored the Golden Eagles’ first touchdown on a 10-yard run.
East coach Brian Byers said that his team’s miscues negated the pressure applied on Bell.
Thomas Woodard’s interception of Erick Heiman led to a 25-yard Bell to Tyler Nance touchdown on the next play in the first quarter, and Beau Bell’s third-quarter recovery of a Chaquil Reed fumble at the East 29 led to a 12-yard scoring run by Blake Rollins two plays later.
“I don’t think it was too much Carroll; it was mistakes on our part,” Byers said. “We gave them a lot of short fields, we played well on defense for the most part
of the game. We moved the ball well on offense; we just didn’t score.
“When we went into halftime, it was 21-0 and we gave them all 21 points.”
The Blue Aces scored their only points of the game on a rumbling, 17-yard run by Chaquil Reed with 8:19 left in the game. East managed to get a short field after a Carroll punt was downed at the Golden Eagles’ 36. East needed just four plays to reach the end zone, aided by an encroachment penalty.
Reed was East’s workhorse, carrying the ball 25 times for 103 yards. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior also caught one pass from quarterback Erick Heiman for 23 yards.
“Our game plan was to spread them out and run him (Reed) and try to throw the short game,” Byers said, “and we were going to come after Blake and try to take them out of their timing routes — which I thought we did for the majority of the game — we just self-destructed on offense; it’s as simple as that.”
Schuckman gave credit to East’s defensive plan.
“They did a good job defensing us and gave us some issues, and we hit a couple big pass plays that really opened the doors,” he said. “We didn’t do a very good job of picking it up (the blitzes), and we had about four drops in the first half, and that really affected us. You’ve got to catch the ball, and we didn’t do that. So in that respect, it did hurt us.”
Nance caught two of Bell’s scoring passes.
Bishop Carroll (5-0, 5-0) 14 7 14 0 — 35East (1-4, 1-3) 0 0 0 7 — 7
BC—Bl. Bell 10 run (Straka kick)
BC—Nance 25 pass from Bl. Bell (Straka kick)
BC—Nance 18 pass from Bl. Bell (Straka kick)
BC—Weber 2 pass from Bl. Bell (Straka kick)
BC—Rollins 11 run (Straka kick)
E—Reed 17 run (O’Quinn kick)
Rushing—Bishop Carroll, Rollins 9-35, Bl. Bell 6-29, Nance 5-14, Weber 4-(-6). East, Reed 25-103, Heiman, 15-30, Graham 2-5, Johnson 1-0.
Passing—Bishop Carroll, Bl. Bell 17-28-151-0, Nance 2-2-3-0. East, Heiman 7-13-52-1.
Receiving—Bishop Carroll, Nance 3-48, Weber 5-40, Crippen 3-20, Rollins 4-22, Gilmore 2-20, Mies 2-17. East, Reed 1-23, Farrison 3-19, Burns-Guidry 1-11, Johnson 2-(1).