Monday, November 10, 2014

District Six Class A Semifinal Outlook: Bellwood-Antis at Bishop Guilfoyle

Bellwood-Antis (9-2) at Bishop Guilfoyle (11-0)
Friday 7:00 Mansion Park

Bellwood-Antis can change the names and faces, but at the end of the day they are still the same difficult team to play year after year. The Blue Devils are a well coached and disciplined team that will rarely make mistakes to hurt themselves. They have a running game that averages 237 yards per game, and a quarterback that is capable of making big throws.  Bellwood does not depend on quarterback Jake Burch, but they can certainly rely on him if they need to. He had a rough game last week, and will need to play better if they want to knock of Bishop Guilfoyle.  The running game is paced by senior Cameron Wood. He had a workmanlike performance last week against Penns Manor, as he went over 200 yards on 30 carries.  He will likely see a lot of touches this week with the Blue Devils trying to control the clock. Matt McMillan will have to chip in some big plays as well, as he had 490 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season.

The Bellwood defense always seems to be a strong point, and that is the case again this year. The Blue Devils only surrender 11 points per contest, and they have an experienced unit with seniors up and down the depth chart. Tyson Miller and Trenton Creppage provide a serious pass rush as they have 25 tackles for loss combined. As a unit, Bellwood has forced 30 turnovers and have combined for 31 sacks. They are a big play defense, and they have plenty of guys that have played in big games throughout their careers.  They will be ready for the challenge Friday night.

Bishop Guilfoyle is having a season for the ages, and they will look to punch their ticket to a second consecutive district championship appearance. The Marauders have a smothering defense that has allowed all of three touchdowns (26 points total) in 11 games and a high-flying offense that can score at will using multiple weapons.

The BG offense is led by the sensational Sam McCloskey. He has scored 34 touchdowns this season, and is currently sitting at 1,357 rushing yards. He is an elusive and speedy back, and has been the catalyst for this team all year long.  Equally as important to this offense is quarterback, Brandon Chadbourn. The Villanova-bound recruit has accounted for 1,148 passing yards (10 TD's-2 int's) and 692 yards with 8 rushing touchdowns. They also have a sure-handed tight end in Matt Gormley, and a pair of versatile weapons in Aaron Yasulitis and Evan Chadbourn. With all of these pieces, Bishop Guilfoyle boats one of the most explosive offenses in the area.

The Marauders' defense has been nothing short of dominant. Teams have mustered just three touchdowns on them all year long. Andrew Berger is a big 6'3" 250 pound defensive tackle that just absolutely wreaks havoc on offenses, and he has posted some mind-boggling stats this year.  Berger has 28 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 19 QB hurries, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles. He is a force, and anchors one of the best defenses in all of class A throughout Pennsylvania. Matt Gormley and Owen Wolf also have some ridiculous stats, and guys like Aaron Yaulitis, DJ Kitt, and Ian Luther may not have the crazy numbers of some, but are all very good linebackers. Evad Chadbourn leads a unit with 17 interceptions with six himself.


--The winner of this game will advance to the District Championship next week, which will also be played at Mansion Park. Neither team is a stranger to the facility, as BG uses it as a home field and Bellwood is a perennial power come playoff time.

--They will square off with the winner of Portage/Blairsville game. Portage is 10-1 seeded third, while Blairsville is undefeated at 11-0 seeded second.

--The D6A Championship will be held on Friday this year, a change from the usual Saturday night.

--Bellwood-Antis has played for a District Title 15 times in school history with 6 championships.

-- Bishop Guilfoyle has two District Titles in their history (1985/1987) and both were in AA.  Since moving to single A, the Marauders have made the final twice (1991/2013) but have yet to win a championship.

-- The last time Bishop Guilfoyle beat Bellwood-Antis was 2003. The seniors in this game were in first grade.

1 comment:

  1. 2 good recruiting years back to back makes BG best Class A team in District 6. Beware Marauders, the bulldozer from District 7 is waiting just around the bend. Clairton is state champ. Count on it!!!!!!!