Bishop Canevin Revs Up In Victory Against Greensburg Central Catholic

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Because the highly regarded Crusaders did not participate in a game or scrimmage last week, Greensburg Central Catholic was expecting Bishop Canevin would be rusty.

The Crusaders, particularly early.

However, they overcame the sluggish start and a number of penalties, employing a strong offensive surge and some GCC turnovers to win a nonconference game 26-6 on Friday night at Centurion Stadium.

The No. 2 team in the WPIAL and state is Bishop Canevin (1-0), the Class A WPIAL runner-up from the previous season. In 2021, the squad won the WPIAL championship.

Despite 100 yards in penalties, the Crusaders amassed 595 yards of offense and attempted to wear down the Centurions.

Due to the outstanding line play, junior quarterback Kole Olszewski had time to throw and completed three touchdown passes in the first half, two of which went to senior Azjaun Marshall, who finished the half with three touchdowns total.

“When we couldn’t find a game in time we decided not to play last week and rest our bodies,” Bishop Canevin coach Rich Johnson said. “That is a mistake I won’t make again. Rusty is an understatement. This was our Week Zero game. You take a win any way you can get it, though.”

GCC (1-1) struggled to hold drives and generate momentum against the Crusaders’ linemen. Even still, the Centurions continued to get opportunities, so the advantage never seemed insurmountable.

“They beat us up front,” GCC first-year coach JT Thompson said. “I thought we matched up well with them skill-wise. You can’t make mistakes like we did against a good football team.”

The Crusaders embarked on a 10-play drive to score the game’s first points after GCC missed an early field goal. Olszewski’s quick touchdown pass went to Division I prospect Daiveon Taylor, a sophomore.

Junior By blocking the extra point, Ty Rozier made it 6-0.

Tyree Turner, a senior quarterback for GCC, fumbled twice. Senior Ezekiel Swift and junior Braiden Sudor recovered them, and the second one resulted in a touchdown.

Olszewski’s slant pass to Marshall resulted in a 26-yard score. Late in the second quarter, Marshall’s 2-point catch increased the score to 14-0.

Just before halftime, another connection to Marshall resulted in a 53-yard pass, boosting the lead to 20-0.

Olszewski completed 11 of 21 passes for 180 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions, which were made by Samir Crosby, Pete Mazowiecki, and Luke Semelka, respectively.

As the fourth quarter began, GCC was still behind by 20 points when Turner was injured while scurrying.

Crosby assumed control of the center position and designed a scoring drive. He completed 4 of 5 passes, 3 of which went to Landon Honick for a total of 72 yards, before bursting into the end zone from 12 yards away.

However, the extra point was stopped, leaving GCC down 20-6 with 10:20 left in the fourth.

Turner came back during the following defensive play, and he later caught a pass.

Crosby completed 5 of 9 passes for 119 yards and a Tyjer Clayton late interception.

“Samir gave us a spark,” Thompson said. “Tyree played his butt off. It was tough without the protection. We needed to make more plays overall. We didn’t make enough.”

With 3:44 left, Marshall capped the scoring with a 6-yard run to make it 26-6.

Marquis Carter, a senior at Bishop Canevin, rushed for 150 yards but failed to reach the end zone.

“Our line played very well, and Marzi ran hard,” Johnson said. “I thought our tight ends did a nice job, too. It’s Western Pennsylvania football, so you know you need to be balanced.”

Johnson acknowledged that his squad had the ability to make huge plays, but he insisted that it must improve in terms of playing “boring” football. After his team committed 13 penalties, nine of which were in the first half to keep GCC in the game, he also wants to see greater discipline.

“That’s on me,” the coach said. “I need to have us better prepared.”

Honick had four receptions for 92 yards as Greensburg Central Catholic, which defeated Mt. Pleasant 37-24 in Week Zero, held the opposition at bay.

Olszewski’s 44 rushing yards were equal to Turner’s total of 54, while Najeh Austin added 54 more.

“There are a lot of correctable mistakes,” Thompson said. “I am encouraged by our effort. I expect us to keep improving.”