A late surge could not help Archbishop Carroll climb out of a two-touchdown hole in a 14-7 loss to Bishop Shanahan Friday night.
The host Eagles scored on their first play from scrimmage and again early in the second quarter to open up that 14-0 cushion. Brennan Robinson cut the deficit in half with a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Patriots got to midfield later in the quarter but were not able to convert a fourth down to keep the drive alive.
“The thing I was concerned about was we were off so long and first-game mistakes,” said Bishop Shanahan head coach Paul Meyers. “And we had some of those at the beginning of the game. We made a lot of mental mistakes early. But, the kids settled down and we beat a real good football team.”
“They scored early, but I was proud of the way our guys hung in and battled,” Carroll coach Kyle Detweiler said. “We hurt ourselves with some turnovers and a lot of penalties.”
Quarterback Cooper Jordan had two rushing touchdowns for Shanahan, including a 48-yard scoring run.
“ He played within himself and we really needed it from him because Carroll has some really good athletes,” Meyers said. “Our defense did a great job too. We stopped them two times inside our 10-yard line and caused two turnovers. The kids played really well and I am happy to finally be playing football.”
Bishop Shanahan has an open date for next week but the Eagles are actively looking for a game before they travel to Pottstown on November 6.
The Patriots return home next week to face Neumann-Goretti at McNichol Field on Saturday. Kickoff is at noon. The winner will be the District 12 Class 3A representative in the PIAA playoffs.