PREVIEW: Bishop Lynch (0-1) vs John Curtis Christian (1-0)

The Bishop Lynch defense will face a stiff test Thursday against John Curtis Christian and their split back veer running attack. (Photo by Preston Patton)
The Bishop Lynch defense will face a stiff test Thursday against John Curtis Christian and their split back veer running attack. (Photo by Preston Patton)

WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars vs John Curtis Christian Patriots

WHERE: Independence Stadium (3301 Pershing Blvd, Shreveport, LA 71109)

WHEN: 6 pm, Thursday, Sept. 6

RECORDS: Bishop Lynch (0-1); John Curtis (1-0)

LAST GAME: Bishop Lynch lost 23-19 at TC-Cedar Hill; John Curtis won 42-18 over Landry-Walker (LA) 

RANKINGS: Bishop Lynch is ranked No. 3 in the TAPPS Division I poll; John Curtis is ranked No. 1 in Louisiana's state Class 5A poll



TICKETS: $15 at the gate



The Patriots rely heavily on their ground game out of the split back veer formation and it proved efficient last week, gaining 311 yards with all 6 touchdowns and 18 of 19 first downs coming by the run. Senior running back Ma'Khi Smith led the way with 134 yards and 2 scores, Shane Goins picked up 52 yards and scored twice and Corey Wren ran for another 78 yards. Tylen Taylor and Ronald Poole each added a touchdown for the Patriots, who spread out their 42 points with 7 in the first, 16 in the second, 12 in the third and 7 in the fourth. Austin McCready is an accurate kicker/punter with a strong leg.



When it comes to the Patriot defense, one name to watch out for is senior linebacker Jayden Barfield, who recorded a sack and a fumble recovery in their win over Landry-Walker. Junior defensive lineman Angelo Anderson and freshman Trey Norman also had a big impact in last week's win. In addition to his play in the secondary, senior Donald Clay gives the Patriots a threat in the return game.



Against a tough TC-Cedar Hill defense, the Friars had trouble finding running room as senior Jordan Hudson managed 50 yards on 23 carries, but did score both Friar touchdowns. Jack Taylor added 28 yards on nine touches. Sophomore quarterback Kaidon Salter showed flashes of great potential with some nice touch on a few passes and an ability to extend plays with his legs. Salter finished with 121 yards on 9-of-18 passing. Senior tight end Jack Bradley caught a career-high 6 balls for 98 yards. Senior kicker Carson Garrett booted a career-long 49-yard field goal.



The Friars forced three turnovers last week, nothing new after forcing a total of 31 last season. However, they allowed more than 200 yards rushing, something they haven't done in quite some time. Plae Wyatt led the group with 11 tackles, Warren Walls came up big with 8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a sack and forced a fumble. Grayson Murphy also had 8 tackles while forcing a fumble he also recovered. Ayden Howard also made a key contribution last week, posting 6 tackles from his spot on the defensive line. Gabriel Murphy and Logan Monroe each finished with 5 tackles.