Points may be hard to come by Friday when two of the area's best defenses collide in a big district contest.
WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars at Bishop Dunne Falcons
WHERE: Earl Hayes Stadium, Dallas
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 26 @ 7:00 pm
RECORDS: Bishop Lynch (3-3 overall, 0-1 district); Bishop Dunne (5-3 overall, 2-0 district)
LAST WEEK: Bishop Lynch lost at Parish, 27-20; Bishop Dunne def. John Paul II, 63-7
RANKINGS: Bishop Lynch is No. 4 in the SportsDayHS Large Private School pool; Bishop Dunne is No. 2
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The Falcons gain yards and score points at a modest rate but do so even better on their home grass, where they are 3-0 this season. Dunne averages 282 yards per game (171 pass, 111 rush) and 28.8 points per game. However, they are putting up 42.3 points at home, a 14-point spike. Matthew Yelverton is the Dunne signal-caller, passing for 700 yards and 8 touchdowns, but just 1 interception. Jaden Hullaby is a threat rushing (626 yards, 9 TDs) and receiving (30-207-1) while Jabari Khepera leads the team in receiving with 35 grabs, 370 yards, and 6 scores.
This will no doubt be the best defense the Friars see all season. Dunne allows just 11 points per game, but less than 5 points per game at home. The Falcons have allowed 7 or fewer points in 4 of their last 5 games and no opponent has reached 20 points all year. As a unit, the Falcons have piled up 20 sacks, forced 22 turnovers (10 interceptions) and score 5 defensive TDs. They yield just 231 yards per contest (122 pass, 109 rush). Keep an eye out for Joel Henderson III, who has 66 tackles and 10 sacks, as well as Brian Williams, who has picked off 4 passes and returned 3 of those for scores.
Bishop Lynch is averaging 33.2 points per game, however, away from home that average falls to 17.7 per game, resulting in the Friars' 0-3 road record. The offense has generated 252 yards per game (157.5 rush, 94.5 pass), thanks to the emergence of Charles Crawford, who in four games has put up three 100-yard games, 481 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing). Kaidon Salter continues to protect the ball, with 0 turnovers in the last 4 games. The sophomore has passed for 536 yards and 4 scores. Jack Bradley leads the team in the receiving category with 197 yards on 14 catches, while Jaedon Wilson (11-90-0) is becoming a more sought-after target, catching 5 passes last week.
Like the offense, the Bishop Lynch defense has seen their numbers fall off the pace when the team travels. The Friars are allowing 16.3 points per game overall, but that increases to 23.7 when the team is on the road. On average, the Friars are giving up just 234 yards per game (123 pass, 111 rush). The unit has totaled 21 sacks, 67 tackles for loss, and forced 12 turnovers. Grayson Murphy continues to wreak havoc on opponents, leading the team with 42 tackles to go with 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 recoveries. Warren Walls has 7 sacks and 16 tackles for loss, while Plae Wyatt has 39 tackles, 4 passes defended and 2 recoveries. Wyatt also has the lone defensive TD of the season. Carson Garrett has limited field position for opponents, putting 24 of his 36 kickoffs out of the end zone, while also averaging 42 yards per punt, with almost half of his punts falling inside the 20. He's also hit all 25 PATs.