DALLAS — A couple of big plays made the difference in winning and losing Friday, and unfortunately, they resulted in defeat for the Bishop Lynch Friars against rival Bishop Dunne.
The Falcons (6-3, 3-0) used a tipped ball and an overlooked pre-snap penalty to score touchdowns of 49 and 64 yards, respectively, and ride that momentum to a 21-13 win over the Friars (3-4, 0-2) at Earl Hayes Stadium.
Trailing 7-0 in the second period, the Friars deflected a pass intended for one receiver, but could only watch as the batted ball landed into the hands of another Falcons who raced in to give Dunne a 14-0 lead.
Down 14-3 in the third, the Falcons had two players on the line of scrimmage in motion simultaneously, but instead of the play being whistled dead before the snap, Dunne's QB was able to escape pressure and run for a long touchdown that gave the Falcons an 18-point lead.
The Friars marched early in the fourth for the second of Carson Garrett's field goals to make it 21-6, then Grayson Murphy intercepted a pass to set up Jack Taylor's 4-yard run that brought the Friars within 21-13.
However, after stopping the Falcons yet again, Dunne's punt bounced off a Friar and wound up in the hands of a Falcon player, allowing the home team to run out the remaining time and escape with a win.
Sophomore QB Kaidon Salter threw for a career-high 186 yards, including a few big catches by Davis Kaul, who ended the night with 93 yards receiving. Charles Crawford ran for a team-high 90 yards and Jack Bradley pulled in four grabs for 57 yards.
Gabriel Murphy led the defense with 10 tackles, Logan Monroe was in on 9 stops and Aaron Hunter made 9 tackles while also recording a sack. Ayden Howard (9 tackles), Plae Wyatt (7 tackles) and Grayson Murphy (6 tackles, sack, INT) made big contributions on defense.
The Friars return home for the final two games of the regular season, starting with Friday's contest against unbeaten Prestonwood Christian (8-0, 2-0) at Roffino Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm kickoff and can be seen live on the NFHS Network.
Friday, Oct. 26 @ Earl Hayes Stadium
BL 0 3 0 10 – 13
BD 14 0 7 0 – 21
BD – Simeon Evans 2-yard run (Tucker Littleton kick)
BD – Elijah Yelverton 49-yard pass from Evans (Littleton kick)
BL – Carson Garrett 42-yard field goal
BD – Evans 64-yard run (Littleton kick)
BL – Garrett 27-yard field goal
BL – Jack Taylor 4-yard run (Garrett kick)
TEAM STATS BL BD
First Downs 13 19
Total Yards 295 351
Passing 186 138
Comp-Att 12-23 11-26
Rushing 32-109 44-213
Penalties 5-28 3-25
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles lost 2 0
Interceptions 1 1