The hottest team in TAPPS comes to town Friday with the Friars looking to stop a two-game slide. A high-flying offense or smothering defense. Which one will prevail?
WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars vs Prestonwood Christian Lions
WHERE: Roffino Stadium, Dallas
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 2 @ 7:00 pm
RECORDS: Bishop Lynch (3-4 overall, 0-2 district); Prestonwood (8-0 overall, 2-0 district)
LAST WEEK: Bishop Lynch lost at Bishop Dunne, 21-13; Prestonwood def. Parish Episcopal, 42-24
RANKINGS: Bishop Lynch is No. 5 in the SportsDay HS Large Private School poll; Prestonwood is No. 1
The numbers speak for themselves. The Lions are putting up 465 yards and 45 points per game, including 42 points per game on the road. Dylan Cadwallader has passed for 2,432 yards with 26 TDs and only 5 interceptions. Tim Taylor (438 yards, 5 TDs) and Josh Cunningham (379-4) give the running game a nice 1-2 punch while Solomon Turner (32 catches, 761 yards, 11 TD), Austin Stogner (31-467-3), Riley Wilson (24-445-4) and Cunningham (22-343-3) are dependable and dangerous in the passing game.
While the offense gets the press clippings, the Lion defense has quietly put together an impressive campaign, allowing just 17 points and 270 yards per game. More impressively, the defense is allowing just 13.5 points per game on the road. David Martin (77 tackles, 9 TFL, 6 sacks) and Matthew O'Reilly (75 tackles) are always around the football. Braden Ridnour (4 sacks) and Turner (2 INT) are also playmakers on the defensive side.
Yards weren't hard to come by in last week's loss at Bishop Dunne, but the Friars had trouble finishing drives and scoring points. They'll likely need to do both in order to keep up with Prestonwood on Friday. Kaidon Salter set a career-best for passing yards last week and Charles Crawford continues to be the guy in the backfield, now up to 571 yards in six starts, with 12 total TDs (11 rushing). Jaidon Wilson and Jack Bradley are being targeted more often and Davis Kaul is becoming known as a reliable deep threat with an average of 26.8 yards per catch.
The Friars have four players with 40+ tackles this season and seven with 35 or more. The unit as a whole has accounted for 71 tackles for loss and 23 sacks, but just 3 sacks over the last two games – a pair of close district losses on the road. Prestonwood boasted one of the top offenses last season when it visited Roffino, and the Friar defense held the Lions to just 13 points in a 17-13 Bishop Lynch win on Oct. 13, 2017. Ironically, that's the last time Prestonwood has lost as they bring in a 16-game overall win streak.