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FOOTBALL: Strong passing game helps Bishop Foley dispatch Harper Woods

MADISON HEIGHTS — The first quarter of Bishop Foley's nonconference football matchup with Harper Woods looked anything but flawless.

Although the Ventures had built a 2-touchdown lead, red-zone turnovers had also snuffed a couple more scoring chances, and coach Sean Cobb was concerned.

"We did make some mistakes early and that worried me a little," Cobb said. "But I was confident our team had enough quality senior leadership we could get past our problems and play better as the game went on."

Bishop Foley did exactly that, dominating both sides of the line to put down the Pioneers with a 48-6 running-clock decision.

The passing combination of Brendan McMahon to Antonio Capaldi connected for a pair of first-half touchdowns, on throws of 17 and 27 yards, and McMahon hooked up with senior Nicholas Gwisdalla for a 25-yard score as the Ventures took a 20-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.

McMahon, a 6-3, 200-pounder, said the Foley passing game was able to produce big yardage due to solid blocking up front. "I usually had good time to throw," he said. "Guys were making good blocks so I had time to find the receivers."

Gwisdalla, a 6-3,190 wide receiver and defensive back, echoed the thoughts of his coach in terms of the Ventures' senior leadership. "We have a lot of seniors with a lot of experience," he said. "We turned it over a couple times early but we just took it as a challenge to play better. You can't let mistakes get you down."

Cobb said the Ventures did show improvement as the game went on, especially on defense. "I think we kept our focus and didn't get caught up in the score," he said. "Harper Woods has some good players and eventually they broke a couple plays but for the most part we played pretty well defensively."

With the healthy lead at halftime, the Ventures shifted to the ground game in the third quarter with Andrew Strurr scoring on a 50-yard run and Reggie Golfin going over from 4 yards out.

Harper Woods (1-2) finally did get on the board late in the third quarter, as quarterback Naylan Johnson and wideout Lawerence Turner hooked up on a 60-yard play down to the Foley 13, and then Turner ran it in on the next play to get the Pioneers on the board.

The Ventures, however, kept up the intensity, with Stephen Redding scoring on a 1-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to send the game into running time at 41-6. Quinn Jackson closed out the scoring for Foley (3-0) with a 13-yard run with 3:23 to play in the game.

The win sends the Ventures into a key Catholic League battle against traditional rival Royal Oak Shrine next Saturday. "That's always a tough one and I am sure Shrine will be fired up," Cobb said. "We will have to play well to get a win there."

Last Updated: 9/13/2013 11:42:11 PM EST

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