The Holy War

Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles @ Kapaun Mt. Carmel Crusaders

Friday, October 5, 2018 7:00 PM

Like a pair of brothers growing up, Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mount Carmel have been waging war on each other for what seems like a lifetime. The Holy War, as this revered series is known, began in 1963 when the bishop of the time was thought to have requested the game.

After taking that first contest 55-13, Kapaun Mount Carmel won 52-0 in 1964 before falling 27-13 to the Golden Eagles in 1965. The Crusaders took a commanding 28-5 lead in this series with a 45-13 win in 1995. But Bishop Carroll has flipped the switch, winning 21 of the last 22 contests to tighten the Holy War series record at 29-26 Crusaders. The Crusaders hold a 30-29 overall edge over Bishop Carroll.

Both, Bishop Carroll and the Crusaders have taken their turn dominating postseason play in Kansas. From 1970-1987, the Crusaders competed in 13 state title games. Bishop Carroll, on the other hand, claimed the Class 5A state title in 1978 before playing in six Class 5A finals since 2007.

The Crusaders and Golden Eagles don’t play for a trophy. But then, they don’t have to. When two schools come from two communities that are intertwined through work, marriage and worship, players from both squads are well aware of who is lining up across from them and of the game’s importance.

As they go after a second straight state championship, the Golden Eagles do not plan on giving up the Holy War bragging rights they’ve held onto for the last 18 years. The Crusaders, on the other hand, see 2018 as the year they do a little smack talking of their own following rivalry win No. 31.

A rowdy, stadium-shaking crowd is expected to file into Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. So grab a few friends and arrive early to cheer on the warriors of your choice in this divine Sunflower State battle.

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Bishop Carroll

Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles

Wichita, KS

Bishop Carroll High School, home of the Golden Eagles, is located about 13 miles east of Kapaun Mount Carmel High School on U.S. 400/U.S. 54 in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Hosting more than 1,100 football loving students that just want to win baby, the Golden Eagles will compete in Class 5A, Kansas’ second largest classification.

Dusty Trail’s first year at the helm of the Golden Eagles may be a tough one to beat. Bishop Carroll not only blazed through the regular season with just one loss, the Golden Eagles claimed the school’s fourth state football title and knocked off Holy War foe Kapaun Mount Carmel twice in the same season.

Although this series didn’t start well for Bishop Carroll in the early 60s, the Golden Eagles have rebounded nicely winning 21 of the last 22 games in this series, including the last 18. Bishop Carroll, who is 39-16 in postseason play, is 3-1 against the Crusaders in the playoffs.

The Golden Eagles began turning this annual slugfest around in 1996 by edging Kapaun Mount Carmel 31-30 in the first of two overtime contests in this series. Bishop Carroll won twice more before dropping a 34-8 decision to the Crusaders in 1999. Since the turn of the century, Bishop Carroll has won 21 straight battles against their rivalry counterparts when including playoff competition.

Over the last 18 years, Bishop Carroll has outscored Kapaun Mount Carmel 686-202, or 33-10 per contest. The Golden Eagles have not won fewer than six games in a season since the turn of the century and have been to the playoffs every year since 2004.

Having won eight straight contests to conclude the 2017 season, Bishop Carroll looks to keep powering over any foe that tries to get in its way, especially if that adversary bears the name Crusader.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Kapaun Mt. Carmel Crusaders

Wichita, KS

Kapaun Mt. Carmel, home of the Crusaders, is located five and a half miles southeast of Cessna Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University. With just under 900 football loving warriors roaming its halls everyday, Kapaun Mount Carmel will compete in Class 5A, Kansas’ second largest classification.

Crusader coach Danny Adelhardt took over for former Kapaun Mount Carmel coach Gary Guzman in 2005 and has put together a solid 78-54 record with the Crusaders. Kapaun Mount Carmel, who has claimed nine state football titles over the years, has competed in the playoffs every year under Adelhardt, except in 2012.

The Crusaders went on winning streaks of two, three, nine, 10 and four through the first 33 years of this series, while dropping just five decisions to the Golden Eagles. During the run, the Crusaders posted 10 shutouts and held the Golden Eagles to single digit scoring 22 times, while outscoring their rivalry foe 27-8 per contest. At one point, the Golden Eagles didn’t score a single point for four straight seasons.

Kapaun Mount Carmel, who is 44-23 in the playoffs and has competed in 13 state championship contests, holds a 1,201-1,060 scoring edge in all 59 games played in this annual gridiron encounter.

Coach Adelhardt has won more than he’s lost during the regular season with the Crusaders. He’s won in the playoffs. As the Holy War approaches in 2018, you can believe the 14th-year coach is putting together a solid game plan to get his first series win over the Golden Eagles.