Bloom-Carroll Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive

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Fairfield Union (4-6, 3-5) was no match for Bloom-Carroll (6-4, 4-3) Friday as the Bulldogs blew out the Falcons 40-20.

Before the crowd could even settle into its seats, the Bulldogs got on the board. They recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff and on the next play, Seth Paszke took it in for an opening score.

The Falcons responded right away, but the game’s turning point came on the next Fairfield Union’s following drive.

Fairfield Union stalled on the drive and was forced to punt. Bloom-Carroll blocked the punt and Dylan Jude returned it for a touchdown which put the Bulldogs up 20-7 with 11:08 left in the second.

The special teams score completely flipped momentum in Bloom-Carrol’s favor as the Bulldogs would run away from there. A Paszke touchdown concluded a successful Bloom-Carroll half with the Bulldogs carrying a 33-7 lead into the locker room.

Paszke, Jude, and Justin Harvey had their hands all over the game. Paszke and Harvey split snaps at quarterback and both did well to lead the offense, while Jude was the main rusher for the Bulldogs. Paszke and Harvey combined for 225 yards and 5 touchdowns and Jude added 66 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.

Fairfield Union tacked on two touchdowns late, but the game had long been decided by then. Zach Shinn took over under center in the second half and finished with 90 yards and a touchdown on three completions.

The Falcons finished the year with a 4-6 record, and will not be playing in the postseason.

According to Joe Eitel, Bloom-Carroll sits in ninth place in division IV, region 13, which would leave it outside of the playoff picture. Official standings will be released on Sunday.