The Friars can take a ton of momentum into the postseason with a win against struggling John Paul II in Friday's regular-season finale.
WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars vs John Paul II Cardinals
WHERE: Roffino Stadium, Dallas
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 pm
RECORDS: Friars (4-4, 1-2 district); Cardinals (4-4, 0-3 district)
LAST WEEK: Bishop Lynch def. Prestonwood, 50-40; John Paul II lost to Parish Episcopal, 49-28
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JOHN PAUL II – OFFENSE
From the onset, the Cardinals' 27 points per game are respectable. However, they're scoring just 14 a game during district play. Sophomore QB Grayson James is putting up 193 yards through the air per game and completing 52 percent of his attempts. He's tossed 15 TDs and 12 interceptions. Donavyn Lester is their big threat with 749 rushing yards and 14 TDs in just seven games. Jerand Bradley (30 rec., 541 yards, 5 TD) leads a dependable receiving corps that includes Cannon Brewer (34-363-5) and Jaddai Henry (26-361-3).
JOHN PAUL II – DEFENSE
The defense has the same trend, giving up 37 points per game this season. That number balloons to 63 per game in district play. They've allowed point totals of 78, 63, and 49 during district play. Xavier Ford leads the defense with 64 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and 55 hurries. Cameron Robertson also has six sacks and seven tackles for loss, and Kevin Smith has both interceptions by the Cardinal defense. Diego Vasquez De Anda handles kicking and punting duties. The senior has converted all 27 of his extra point attempts, and 3-of-4 field goals, his longest coming from 37 yards.
The offense exploded for 50 points and almost 500 yards of offense last week against Prestonwood, which helped the averages rise a bit. The Friars are putting up 33 points and 286 yards per game entering Friday's game. Charles Crawford's 312-yard day ups his season total to 883 yards and gives him 16 TDs this year. Jack Bradley had his biggest receiving day last week and leads the team in receptions (21), yards (329) and is tied for the lead in TDs (2). Carson Garrett's three field goals give him eight for the season. He's still perfect (31-31) on PATs and has put 31 kickoffs through the end zone.
The 40 points and 400 yards of offense posted by PCA last week don't tell the whole story, during which the Friar defense annihilated PCA's offense in the second and third quarters. For the season, their averages go up to 20 points and 271 yards allowed per game. Gabriel Murphy (55), Grayson Murphy (53) and Plae Wyatt (52) are the top tackles, the unit is still averaging four sacks per game, and the number of turnovers forced is starting to climb. Friday could be a chance to for the defense to pad the stat sheet.