Bishop Carroll vs. Andover Playoff Preview

Adrian Holguin, Sports Editor


Dalton Nichols hugs Max Bullinger after Bullinger makes a big play in the Carroll vs Valley Center game.

So Far:

Bishop Carroll (7-2): The Golden Eagles are rolling into the matchup against the Andover Trojans with momentum firmly on their side. Their defense is clicking on all cylinders, putting up great performances in their previous five contests. The offense, led by the trio of Aiden Niedens, Hunter Trail, and Max Bullinger, is beginning to move the ball consistently with both the running game and through the passing game. The Golden Eagles’ special teams unit has also been playing very well as of late. They have had two return touchdowns in recent weeks. It seems as if the Golden Eagles are beginning to come together as a collective unit at just the right portion of the season.

Andover Trojans (3-6): The Trojans have had a very up and down year as they currently stand at 3-6. They started off slow, losing their first three contests, they then went on a two-game winning streak midway through their season, but they were able to come out of the first round of the playoffs with a big win against the Central Mustangs. This could end up being a turning point in their season. They will be an extremely motivated group as they head into the nest of the Golden Eagles.


Who’s Hot?

            Golden Eagles: Aiden Niedens (QB): Aiden has seen a large transformation in his game throughout the course of the season. At the beginning of the season, he looked to be a run first type of player when lined up under center. But as the season has commenced he is beginning to obtain more of a defined sense of vision and confidence inside of the pocket, thus leading to the breakout performances by tight end Max Bullinger, which is adding a new dimension to the offense.

            Golden Eagles: Cade Gatschet (S): Cade has been making plays consistently throughout the course of the season. He has also been a great complimentary peace to Dalton Nichols. He was finally able to get into the end zone on Friday by picking up a fumble and running the ball into the end zone. This helped solidify the win for the Golden Eagles against Valley Center.


            Expect for the game to be close throughout the first quarter, but for the Golden Eagles to begin to pull away in the second quarter. They will then build off of this momentum in the second half, thus building on their lead. The Golden Eagles will then move onto the third round of the playoffs. Final Score: BC 35-14



Bishop Carroll vs Valley Center Recap

By: Adrian Holguin


It was a long night for the Valley Center Hornets as their season came to an abrupt end, due to the all-around great performance put on by the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles were able to go at the subpar Hornets defense through both the ground and through the air. A dominant performance by the Golden Eagles in all three phases of the game was enough for the Golden Eagles to jump out to an early lead. They would then proceed to never look back, as the Golden Eagles were able to defeat the Valley Center Hornets 49-7.

Key Takeaways:

Defensive Dominance:

The Golden Eagle defense was able to put up another great performance against Valley Center on Friday night. The D was able to produce two touchdowns on the night, including a scoop and score by junior Safety Cade Gatschet and a punt return touchdown by star safety Dalton Nichols. The defense will continue to look for big performances from its talented underclassmen as the playoffs continue to commence. The defense was able to hold the Hornets offense to 187 yards on the night.

Offensive Explosion:

The offense continued to gel while scoring five touchdowns on the night. Aiden Niedens is also continuing to grow as a pocket-passer, consistently finding his open receivers and moving his team up and down the field. Contrary to the majority of the regular season, most of the team’s big plays came through the air. This looks to be a new approach put forth by the coaches, but expect for the running game to get back on track this week against Andover.

Valley Center:

The Hornets had another bad outing against the Golden Eagles, only being able to muster up 187 total yards. The defense of the Hornets was struggling to find a way to slow down the Golden Eagle offense, specifically Aiden Niedens. With this loss, the Hornets season has now came to an end and they will now be looking for ways to improve their team for the next season.

Moving Forward:

This week the Golden Eagles will be taking on the Andover Trojans, who have a record of 3-6. On the surface, you might think that this will be yet another easy win for the Golden Eagles but don’t let Andover’s record fool you, they have a lot of momentum going into this game after a huge win against the Central Mustangs. They will present some unique challenges for the Golden Eagles.