BELLINGHAM – Bishop Stang fell to Bellingham 42-21 Saturday after struggling to shutdown the Blackhawks' passing game.

The Blackhawks took control early at Anderson Field, scoring on the first drive of the game after quarterback Jim Kilduff threw a perfectly placed 37-yard pass to wide receiver Jake Prophet. That connection provided a major problem for the Spartans throughout the game, with Kilduff finding Prophet six times for 94 yards, including four scores.

The problem wasn’t just the skill of the two players either, Stang’s had communication issues on three of Prophet’s four touchdown receptions. Those three broken down plays went for 37, 28 and 49 yards, mixing in a quick five-yard touchdown in the process.

“Yeah those hurt, those hurt a lot,” Bishop Stang coach Dennis Golden said. “We missed coverages and kids made mistakes on those. We have to correct those, but they are correctable mistakes. The kids who made those mistakes are great kids and we’re going to work like crazy with them in practice this week to correct that so that it doesn’t happen again.”

While Golden and his staff will revisit the tape to identify the exact problem on those passing plays, safety Matt Pauliks already has an idea of what went wrong.

“It was a miscommunication between the defensive backs and just poor coverage,” he said.

On each of the drives in which Stang gave up the big play, they were controlling the tempo on defense, but the big plays did them in and wound up being the difference.

“We did well (defensively) at times,” Golden said. “But we have to better. We can’t give up that many points. And then we gave them field position on special teams a couple times. We had a couple breaks go against us, but the kids kept playing.”

Among them was Pauliks, the Spartans’ lead running back, who finished the game with one rushing touchdown and 82 yards on 13 carries after having minimal involvement in the first half.

“He’s a good ball carrier for us and he’s a greater competitor,” Golden said.

Quarterback Justin Lopes had himself a big game on the ground, as well. The junior ran for 90 yards and scored a touchdown on 10 carries. He would have had a second touchdown had a questionable holding penalty not been called against the Spartans, which negated what could have been a 61-yard score for their quarterback.

WHAT IT MEANS: Bishop Stang (0-2) hosts Sandwich Friday night at 7 p.m. … Bellingham (2-0) hosts Medway Friday night.

LOOKING AHEAD TO SANDWICH: “Sandwich has a similar type of offense as Bellingham,” Golden said. “They run a lot of Wing-T stuff, so they’ll have a similar type of passing game. So we’ve got to clean up (our mistakes) so (what happened tonight) doesn’t happen again.”

OTHER ASPECTS TO IMPROVE ON: “We’ve got to clean up some things in the kicking game,” Golden said. “We had a PAT blocked and we’ve got to straighten out our punting game, as well.”