WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars at Parish Episcopal Panthers
WHERE: Gloria H. Snyder Stadium, Dallas
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 19 @ 7:00 pm
RECORDS: Bishop Lynch (3-2 overall, 0-0 district); Parish (5-1 overall, 0-1 district)
LAST WEEK: Bishop Lynch – BYE; Parish lost to Bishop Dunne, 16-7
RANKINGS: Bishop Lynch is No. 2 in the SportsDayHS Large Private School poll; Parish is No. 5
The Panthers tore through 5 non-district opponents with flashy offensive numbers before coming back to reality against their first quality opponent. Parish is averaging 41.7 points, 431 yards and 260 passing yards per game, but ran into a roadblock last week at Dunne, which held their offense to just 7 points and 166 total yards. Sophomore QB Preston Stone (100-160-4, 1,562 yards, 22 TD) completed just 8-of-27 passes for 118 yards and one score. Khalil Overton (17-352-2) and Cameron Overton (21-422-8) are capable of making big plays every time the ball is thrown their way.
The Panthers have allowed just 8.8 points and 160 yards per game against weaker competition and one offensively-inept team (Dunne). In six games, no team has scored more than 13 points against the Panthers, who have allowed 7 points or fewer in 4 games and posted one shutout. In two games with the Friars last season, the Panthers gave up 42 points in each contest.
Junior RB Charles Crawford officially arrived as a big-time player two weeks ago with 175 yards and 5 touchdowns against Nolan Catholic. He was named SportsDayHS Offensive Player of the Week and Built Ford Tough Player of the Week. In the Friars' current 3-game win streak, they've averaged 48.7 points per game. In two losses, they've scored just 16.5 points per game. Like Parish, Nolan also boasted a defense allowing less than 10 points per game, but had surrendered 17 points in the first period and 31 by halftime of the Friars' 48-24 rout of the Vikings.
Defensively, the Friars are playing great at the best time, allowing 9 points per game over the last 3 contests. For the season, the Friars are surrendering just 14.2 points and 209 yards (102 pass) per game and just 3 yards per carry. They've also totaled 20 sacks in the first 5 games, so you can expect a lot of pressure on a Parish team that throws the ball almost 30 times per game. Pay attention to the weather as wet and chilly conditions usually favor the defense against an offense that relies heavily on the air attack.