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Gorman’s four rushing TDs lift Crusaders over Bishop Rosecrans

Catholic Central's Andrew Dorsey, left, and Tate McKenna tackle Bishop Rosecrans' Thomas Spohn for a loss during Saturday's contest. -Joe Catullo

STEUBENVILLE — Ryan Gorman ran for four touchdowns, as Catholic Central overcame an early deficit and earned a 35-19 victory over Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans Saturday at sun-splashed Leo Buffone Field.

The win was the second straight for the Crusaders, who now stand at 2-6. Rosecrans, which returned to 11-man football this year after playing the eight-man game in 2019 and dressed just 17 players, falls to 0-7.

“Obviously, it is always good to get a win,” Central coach Anthony Agresta said. “Our kids learned a little lesson today on how to come back the week after a victory — that was new for them.

“I think we came in a little over confident. I think we underestimated a couple of their playmakers, which was something we tried to prevent all week long.”

On their opening possession, the Crusaders moved 40 yards in five plays. Gorman, Central’s senior quarterback, got the touchdown on an 8-yard play scamper.

The Bishops quickly responded, as senior Thomas Spohn took a handoff from freshman signal-caller Brendan Bernath and motored 68 yards to the end zone. Central’s next drive ended with a Spohn interception.

Rosecrans went up 13-7 when Bernath connected with sophomore tight end Malaki Clark for an 8-yard touchdown.

Agresta’s crew took the lead for good late in the second quarter when Gorman capped a 4-yard march with a 7-yard scoring scamper. Senior Jack Rook, who finished 5 for 5 on conversion attempts, split the uprights.

After a short Rosecrans punt, senior Vince Carapellotti burst up the middle for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:37 left to go in the third.

Unfazed, the Bishops came right back. This time, Spohn sprinted 45 yards to the house. Rosecrans went for 2, but Central senior Charles Miller batted the ball away from a Bishop receiver to keep the score at 21-19.

“It looked like the Rosecrans kid had two hands on the ball, and it looked like a completion,” Agresta said. “Charles came in there and made a great play to knock it away. If they connect there, it’s 21-21. That absolutely was a big play at the time.”

Following Spohn’s second TD run, Central traveled 61 yards for its fourth touchdown. It came on a 7-yard Gorman run. Rook then recovered his own onside kick, giving the Crusaders great field possession at the Rosecrans 48.

Gorman capped the scoring when he went over from a yard away.

Central finished with 323 rushing yards on 51 attempts. Gorman led the way with 144 on 25 tries. Junior Tim Lamantia added 125 on 16 totes.

“We ran the ball well and, going in, we thought we could,” Agresta said. “We thought we had an advantage inside physically. We should have been able to make a few more plays in the passing games, especially when we got behind them a couple of times (Gorman completed 7 of his 20 passing attempts for 54 yards). But, everything being said, if you can run the ball and control the line of scrimmage, you should get away most days with a win.

“We have been encouraging Ryan to play a little more North and South with the running game, and he has made a strong effort to do that. Timmy is a role player for us, and he ends up doing a lot of lead blocking. He got his opportunity to carry the ball, and he ran hard. He was dragging a couple of piles forward. We are happy that he was able to run the ball so well.”

Spohn had a standout game for Rosecrans, collecting 127 rushing yards on 16 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

“He’s a player, and we knew he was,” Agresta said of Spohn. “He almost single-handily kept them in the game particularly in the first half.

“We did what we could to game plan for him. He is a special kid who made some great plays.”

Saturday’s game was the first played between the schools.

“We told our kids all week not to take Rosecrans lightly,” Agresta said. “We kept reminding them that Rosecrans has some playmakers.

“In a way, they remind me a little bit of our team — they are young, tough and they are not going to quit (of the 17 players on the Rosecrans roster, 13 are either sophomores or freshmen). At the end of the day, I think we wore them down a little. All credit to them, they are very well-coached.”

UP NEXT

CCHS: Returns to Buffone Field inside the Michael Carapellotti Crusader Sports Complex Saturday for an encounter with Buckeye Local, which also stands at 2-6 following its 28-0 triumph over Newcomerstown. The opening kick is set for 1 p.m.

Catholic Central 35, Bishop Rosecrans 19

Rosecrans 13 0 6 0 — 19

Central 7 7 7 14 — 35

C — Gorman 8 run (Rook kick)

R — Spohn 68 run (Olney kick)

R — Clark 8 pass from B. Bernath (kick failed)

C — Gorman 7 run (Rook kick)

C — Carapellotti 14 run (Rook kick)

R — Spohn 45 run (pass failed)

C — Gorman 7 run (Rook kick)

C — Gorman 1 run (Rook kick)

RUSHING: Rosecrans 24-151-2tds (Spohn 16-127-2tds; B. Bernath 1-3; Hankinson 4-9; Pugh 2-5; Clark 1-7); Central 51-323-5tds (Gorman 25-144-4tds; Lamantia 16-125; Carapellotti 6-34-td; Miller 2-2; Dorsey 2-18).

PASSING: Rosecrans 7-20-54-td (B. Bernath 7-17-54-td; Spohn 0-3); Central 7-18-73-int (all by Gorman).

RECEIVING: Rosecrans 7-54-td (Clark 3-35-td; T. Bernath 1-5; Spohn 2-2; Hankinson 1-13); Central 7-73 (Carapellotti 4-43; Toriscelli 1-6; Hough 1-23; Lamantia 1-1).

FIRST DOWNS: Rosecrans 9; Central 24.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Rosecrans 1-5; Central 8-74.

PUNTS: Rosecrans 3-19; Central 3-38.

FUMBLES-LOST: Dover 2-1; Central 1-1.

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