Bishop Guertin blows out Manchester Central

Fasten your seat belts, Bishop Guertin High School football fans. Judging from the Cardinals’ opening night offensive prowess, it could be one wild ride.

Guertin, with its up-tempo, no-huddle attack, stormed out to a 20-0 first quarter lead en route to a 54-13 season opening rout of the Manchester Central Little Green on Friday night at Stellos Stadium.

Guertin quarterback Jordan Hiscoe completed a remarkable 16 of 18 passes for 223 yards and five touchdowns, three of them to senior Nick Lorden. Guertin led 34-13 at halftime and 47-13 after three quarters, and put up 457 yards of total offense.

"It’s a great offense to be in," Hiscoe said. "It’s up tempo and it’s hard for defenses to catch up."

And a fabulous way for Jeff Moore to begin his BG coaching tenure.

"It’s cool," he said. "We told them before the game, I wanted them to start fast, play hard, and finish."

Hiscoe’s first TD flip, a 10-yarder, went to Dylan Fagan just under five minutes in to cap a 10-play, 61-yard drive.

The Cards made it 13-0 nearly a minute later as the first of two Keenan Dwyer interceptions set up Lorden’s first TD reception, this one a 12-yarder.

The Little Green had to be shell-shocked. If not, they were when the Cards added another Hiscoe-to-Lorden 12-yard connection with 5:08 left in the quarter. Chase Hughes added a PAT to make it a 20-0 game.

Thanks to a roughing the passer penalty, Central put together a mammoth 15-play, 63-yard drive that saw Josh Thrasher run it in from 8 yards out to make it 20-7 with 8:29 left in the first half.

But while momentum changed a bit, Guertin put up two TDs before halftime, a 33-yard TD pass from Hiscoe to – guess who – Lorden with 5:16 to play before intermission. The Cards’ other score, set up by Dwyer’s second pick, came on senior running back Jackson Housman’s 37-yard jaunt with 3:48 to play before the half to increase the Cards’ lead to 34-7.

"I think they were very, very good," Central coach Ryan Ray said. "They’ve got a lot of weapons in the passing game, a lot of weapons in the running game."

Central, however, made it a 34-13 as one of the three QBs they used, Anthony DiMauro, connected with James Tanguay for an 11-yard score with 14 seconds remaining.

But, of course, the Cardinals’ offense wasted no time on their first possession of the second half as Hiscoe found tight end Matt Theriault in the end zone for a 28-yard score making it 40-13. A Hughes 12-yard run gave Guertin a resounding 47-13 lead with 3:26 left in the third quarter.

Justin Porter’s 26-yard TD run with 7:01 left helped make it a 54-13 game.