Golden Eagles use Bishop Guilfoyle turnovers to demolish Marauders

The Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders took the road less traveled last night against Tyrone in their MAC Nittany Division game at Gray Veterans Memorial Field.
Where many overmatched teams approach their game with the Golden Eagles using a stick-to-our-philosophy approach, the Marauders pulled out all the stops, going for it on an early fourth-and-inches at midfield and attempting an onsides kick to start the second half.
And while such an approach can easily yield big plays and boosts in momentum, it can all be negated by the smallest of mistakes.
Unfortunately for the Marauders (2-5, 1-3), there were several key mistakes, and none of them were small.
The Golden Eagles forced six fumbles, recovered three, and converted two into touchdowns in a 42-0 throttling of BG to improve their record to 7-0 while clinching no worse than a tie for their third consecutive Nittany Division championship. It was Tyrone’s fourth shutout this season.
“Turnovers have hurt us all year,” said BG coach Marty Georgiana, whose team entered the game losing the turnover battle at a 2-to-1 clip. “When you run the type of offense we run, you’re going to have turnovers, but a lot of ours were unforced. We have to work on trying to cut that out.”
Tyrone scored twice after Guilfoyle fumbles in the first half, when the Eagles built a 35-0 lead. Tyler Gillmen was responsible for both of them, scooping up a mishandled ball and galloping 15 yards for one and going 64 yards on a sweep on the ensuing play following another Marauder fumble.
By then it was 28-0 with 4:05 to play in the second quarter.
“Anytime you put the ball on the ground against us and we get it, we’re going to try to take advantage,” said Tyrone coach John Franco.
Tyrone also benefited from another stellar performance from its big-play offense. Of Tyrone’s seven scores, three came on plays of 60 yards or longer. Gillmen and junior running back Johnny Franco each totaled over 100 yards for the second straight game, and quarterback Tyler Golden again hooked up with senior Justin Schopp for another highlight-reel touchdown pass.
Defensively, the Eagles limited BG to 74 yards on the ground – more than 100 yards below its per game average – while stopping 10 plays behind the line of scrimmage.
Tyrone’s biggest stand came just under five minutes into the first quarter. Guilfoyle had taken the opening kick and converted two first downs, advancing as far as the Eagles’ 49-yard line. On third-and-inches, linebacker James Updike broke through the line to stop fullback Nick Perehenic for a one-yard loss.
Georgiana made the decision to go for it on fourth down, and quarterback Brent Milliron’s run off tackle was stopped for no gain by defensive end Jason Reese.
“We went for it on fourth down and felt we could get an inch,” said Georgiana. “Tyrone came up and got a big stop.”
The Eagles took over at the 50, and used six plays to cover the distance for the game’s first score. Franco rambled for 18 yards to get the ball to BG’s 19, and two plays later went 16 yards up the middle to make it 7-0 at the 4:28 mark.
The Marauders started the second quarter backed to their own 19. Luke McConnell fumbled in the backfield on the first play and Gillmen was there to pick it up and take it into the endzone to make it 14-0 with 11:51 to go until halftime.
Tyrone scored again less than three minutes later on the first play after a BG punt. From his own 39, Golden rolled right and heaved a bomb down the sideline to Schopp, who made an over-the-shoulder grab at the boundary, and then cut between two defenders and went the distance to put Tyrone ahead 21-0.
The teams then exchanged turnovers – Golden threw his second interception of the season to Jake Librizzi before Franco recovered a Librizzi fumble on the next play – setting up Gillmen’s long run with just over four minutes left in the half.
“We knew BG was one of the few teams in the area capable of upsetting good teams,” said Tyrone tight end Donnie Conrad. “So we knew we had to stay focused and play our best game.”
The Golden Eagles scored one more touchdown with 31 seconds left in the first half on a 97-yard run by Franco. Backed to the three-yard line, Franco broke containment off left tackle and outraced Matt Eberhart to the corner at the 35-yard line on the longest run of his career.
“It was supposed to be just a play to get us some yards so we wouldn’t have to punt out of our own endzone,” said Johnny Franco.
“They may have underestimated his speed,” coach Franco said. “But when he breaks through the line, he so quick, and generally there’s only one guy back there to make the tackle. They were blitzing a lot and they may have blitzed themselves out of the play.”
Tyrone started the second half at the 50-yard line after recovering BG’s onsides kick attempt. Aided by a roughing the passer call on third-and-14, Tyrone drove to the BG 9, setting up Gillmen’s third touchdown of the game at 5:03 of the third quarter.
“We had planned to use (the onsides kick) but by that time we were just trying to get possession and get things going for us in the second half,” Georgiana said.
Tyrone ended its final defensive series before pulling its starters with three more big plays after the Marauders had penetrated the Golden Eagles’ side of the 50. Jason Reese recorded his seventh sack of the season on first down from the T-37, and Shane Emigh logged his first sack on the next play. Guilfoyle went for it on fourth down, but Emigh came up to plant Perehenic for a one-yard loss on a pass from Milliron.
GAME NOTES: Tyrone has now recorded 48 tackles for loss this season … Emigh also had a fumble recovery … the Eagles are now plus-13 in the turnover ratio … Golden has 10 touchdown passes, seven of which have gone for 40 yards or more … the Eagles host Indian Valley next week on Homecoming/Distinguished alumni night.
Tyrone 42 Bishop Guilfoyle 0
Tyrone 7 28 7 0 – 42
Bishop Guilfoyle 0 0 0 0 – 0
Score by Quarters
First Quarter
T – Franco 16 run (Shaffer kick) 4:28
Second Quarter
T – Gillmen 15 fumble return (Shaffer kick) 11:51
T – Schopp 61 pass from Golden (Shaffer kick) 8:48
T – Gillmen 64 run (Shaffer kick) 4:05
T – Franco 97 run (Shaffer kick) :37
Third Quarter
T – Gillmen 9 run (Gillmen kick) 5:03
First Downs 9 5
Yards Rushing 306 74
Pass Att./Comp. 3-5 5-15
Yards Passing 74 15
Total Offense 380 90
Interceptions 1 0
Fumbles/Recovered 1-0 6-3
Penalties/Yards 6-35 1-15
Punts/Average 2-38.5 5-35.6
Tyrone – Franco 12-168; Gillmen 13-109; Mingle 5-21; Barlett 3-12; Williams 1-2; Riehart 1-0; Golden 1-(-6).
Bishop Guilfoyle – Perehenic 10-52; Milliron 10-19; Bennati 1-3; McConnell 1-0; Smith 3-0; Librizzi 4-0.
Tyrone Golden 3-5-74, 1 TD, 1 Int.
Bishop Guilfoyle – Milliron 3-6-9, 0 TD, 0 Int.; Brown 1-7-7, 0 TD, 0 Int.
Tyrone – Schopp 2-68; Franco 1-6.
Bishop Guilfoyle – Sommer 1-11; Perehenic 2-(-8); McConnell 1-5; Kitt 1-7.