1st and 10 Preview: Bishop CarrollPosted: Updated:
Bishop Carroll had a solid 2018, going 8-3, but they had two heartbreaking losses to their City League rival, Wichita Northwest.
The first loss was on their season opener, the Grizzlies hit a game-winning field goal as time expired. The second time was in the 5A Quarterfinals, Bishop Carroll scored 67 points but it wasn't enough to advance to the semis.
Bishop Carroll took the field for their first practice of the season on Monday. Which means our first and 10 previews are back as well!
We start with the Eagles.
Their defense has a lot to prove this year. Bishop Carroll only has four starters returning on that side of the ball. There are some unknowns on the offense as well, because the Eagles have to replace their leading rusher and two of their top receivers from last year.
Bishop Carroll head football coach Dusty Trail said the talent is there on both sides, they'll just have to show it at the varsity level now.
The good news is that Trail has two upperclassmen back at quarterback.
Senior John Honas and junior Aiden Niedens.
Niedens was thrust into the starter roll last year and finished with more than 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns.
"Yeah I think Aiden, it gave him a lot of confidence," said Trail. "He came back this summer with a lot of confidence. He had a good baseball year too, which I think helped him a lot. "
Me and John have a great relationship," said Niedens. "We both work really hard and whoever gets it, we trust each other. We're just ready to play football."
Regardless of who wins the starting job, you could see both of them out on the field at the same time.
"Athletically they're some of our best athletes and we have to get our best athletes on the field somewhere. So yeah we would definitely look at that option," said Trail. "Obviously, especially after last year with the number of quarterbacks that we got hurt, we don't want to get to far down into our depth chart again this year if we can help it. You can't keep your best athletes on the sideline."
Bishop Carroll kicks off their season against Wichita Northwest on September 6th.