Football - GCC vs Bishop Canevin
Bishop Canevin Prevails 14-12 over GCC in Error Filled Battle
It has been said often after two teams battle it out in a well executed football game that neither team deserved to lose. But if there's another side to every coin, it's possible that Greensburg Central Catholic's matchup with Bishop Canevin was the game that neither team deserved to win. After almost 48 minutes filled with turnovers, costly penalties, and unforced errors from both team, Bishop Canevin outlasted a last minute Greensburg Central Catholic scoring drive to beat the Centurions 14-12 at GCC's stadium in Carbon on Friday, September 25.
After neither team could convert on their early possessions, Canevin made the first big play of the game when Willie Banks-Hicks scooped a David Altimore fumble and rambled 29 yards untouched into the endzone with 6:54 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT play was muffed and Canevin led 6-0.
Nine seconds later, on the Centurions first play from scrimmage following the kickoff, Altimore couldn't find the handle on a snap under center and the Crusaders were back on offense after the fumble recovery at Central's 36 yard line. A pass interference call on the next play moved Canevin into the red zone, and quarterback Adante Berrian soon found Lesae Lacks in the endzone with a touchdown pass at 5:07 left in the quarter. A Berrian to Jordan Ruffing two-point conversion toss made the score 14-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Nate Dlugos brought the Centurions out to the 22 yard line where they began a long drive, highlighted by a 21-yard keeper by Altimore and a 15-yard Altmore to Joe Blahovec pass reception. Danny Dlugos put the Centurions on the board with 58 seconds left in the first quarter as he carried in from 7 yards out. Altimore's attempt on a quarterback keeper failed and the score remained 14-6 in favor of the Crusaders.
Following a failed fake attempt by Canevin, the Centurions took over but couldn't advance the ball either. GCC's punt attempt had execution problems when the snap sailed over Joe Blahovec's head and he fell on the ball, giving the Crusaders good field position again. Canevin failed to move the ball and was forced to punt to GCC. This time the Centurions put together a good drive that culminated in a David Altimore to Nate Dlugos touchdown pass of 16 yards. The two-point conversion attempt fell short again, and Bishop Canevin held a 14-12 lead with 1:08 left to play in the first half. It was also the last time either team would put points on the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
The second half was not the best representation of football for either squad. GCC retained possession after recovering an Altimore fumble following a hard hit by Canevin's Eli Wilson and Andrew Jones, only to lose the ball soon after on a fumble by Zach Dlugos near midfield. The Crusaders mounted a drive into the red zone, aided by a successful Xavier Nelson fake punt run, but they turned the ball over on downs on the final play of the third quarter when Berrian's pass into the end zone on 4th-and-goal from the nine fell incomplete.
GCC opened the fourth quarter with possession deep in their own territory, but turned the ball back to Canevin on the 14 yard line in the opening minute as Altimore fumbled under heavy pressure. After losing ground and facing 3rd-and-19 from the 23, Berrian completed a 22-yard pass to Nelson to set up first-and-goal at the 1 yard line. But turnovers were plentiful in this game and the Crusaders added one to their scoresheet when they fumbled to give GCC the ball at their own 3 yard line.
With a 97-yard field ahead to pay dirt, the Centurions mounted a sustained drive that chewed up most of the fourth quarter game clock. With the game on the line and facing 4th-and-goal from the 15 yard line, Altimore tossed to Joe Blahovec, who was stopped short of the goal line, allowing the Crusaders to kneel for the final play of the game in victory formation.
Both teams will have home games next Friday. GCC (1-2) will host Springdale and Bishop Canevin (2-1) faces off against section leader Clairton.
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