Bishop Canevin dismantles Carlynton, 38-0
Bishop Canevin showed why it was the No. 2 team in the Tribune-Review's Class A rankings as it pounded its way to a 38-0 win over Carlynton.
On the opening drive, sophomore running back Giovanni DeMarzo broke off a 49-yard run to get Bishop Canevin to the Carlynton 6-yard line. Senior fullback Jim Tersak finished the drive by running it in from 1 yard.
Late in the quarter, Bishop Canevin pinned the Cougars at their own 3-yard line and followed it up with a safety to extend the lead to nine. Early in the second quarter, DeMarzo added a 5-yard touchdown run and a DeMarzo two-point conversion run gave Bishop Canevin an 17-0 lead.
DeMarzo finished the half with touchdown runs of 13 and 1 yards, and Bishop Canevin led, 31-0, at halftime.
The Cougars used a three-quarterback combination — senior Nick Lang and juniors Freddie McKessick and Kevin Schuster — but it didn't fool the stingy Crusaders defense. The Crusaders forced two interceptions and held Carlynton to one completion in the second half.
The Crusaders' offense excelled at every level. DeMarzo ran for 142 yards, senior receiver Mike Tambelini had eight receptions for 171 yards and senior quarterback Nico DiPaolo completed 13 of 19 passes for 249 yards and a score.
Bishop Canevin (3-0) will head out on the road Friday as it travels to California for its first road game of the year. The Crusaders — who have outscored opponents, 69-10, this season — may be in line for another strong game. The Trojans have been outscored, 129-26.
California is coming off a 54-6 shellacking at the hands of Clairton. Cory Adams scored the lone touchdown on 13-yard run in the first quarter. Adams has been the vocal point of the Trojans' offense, leading the team with three touchdowns.
Carlynton will continue its quest for its first win as it travels to Serra Catholic on Friday. The Eagles have been outscored, 149-13, and have been unable to get their offense going.
Last week, Serra Catholic was pummeled by Chartiers-Houston, 44-13. Sophomore quarterback Zac Quattrone scored the team's first and second touchdowns of the season with runs of 22 and 1 yard.
The Colts didn't have much of an answer to the offensive power of Central Valley. The Warriors jumped out to a 42-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Chartiers Valley had matchup problems with the Central Valley skill-position players as receiver Robert Forster had five catches for 112 yards and running back Jordan Whitehead had 10 carries for 157 yards.
Senior Michael Boulos scored the Colts' lone touchdown on a 57-yard pass from junior quarterback Josh Lapiana.
The Colts will take a break from Parkway Conference action Friday as they face Ellwood City on the road.
The winless Wolverines enter the game after a 43-7 loss to Beaver Falls last week. The team's other two losses — to New Brighton and Freedom — come by a combined four points.
The Ellwood City offense is led by its rushing attack. Senior Beau Ewing and Jared Meyers have combined for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns.
The Golden Eagles were held scoreless for a second straight week, and they fell to 0-3. Seton-La Salle running back Rick Mellick ran through the Keystone Oaks defense for 171 yards and two scores as the Rebels jumped out to a 32-0 halftime lead.
Sophomore quarterback Kobe Phillipi had a nice night against the tough Rebels' defense, completing seven of 15 passes for 111 yards.
But in Keystone Oaks' defense, it just completed the toughest part of its schedule. Four of the final six opponents have losing records and should prove to be easier contests than South Fayette and Seton-La Salle — two of the top four teams in the Tribune-Review's Class AA rankings — proved to be.
The Golden Eagles look to improve their fortunes Friday as they host Quaker Valley. The Quakers (1-2) fell to McGuffey last week, 29-20. Senior quarterback Burke Moser leads the offense. The dual threat has compiled 442 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Sophmore running back Aaron Cunningham has run for 239 yards.
Keystone Oaks running back Dale Klobuchir could be in for a big night as the Quakers defense surrendered 236 yards last week to McGuffey running back James Duchi.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.