||Last Updated: Nov 20, 2012 - 11:20:57 AM
Kevin Herbst, Griffie Loy and Nick Theos combined for 217 rushing yards to help fill the shoes of the injured star running back DeAngelo Stephenson.
It was a different scene at Jack Cantey Stadium as Bishop England faced the visiting Lee Central Stallions who arrived with only two losses and a mission to give the Bishops a fit by making it a close game. After a tough-fought battle, the Bishops managed to get their 16th consecutive win at home as they came out on top 31-22.
“We played a sloppy game. We were tight and didn’t execute like we have this year,” Coach Cantey stated following the game.
With the loss of DeAngelo Stephenson from an injury in last week’s game, there was a challenge for the team without their go-to weapon, but without him it just meant they needed to change the strategy a little.
“Griffie Loy and Nick Theos ran the ball well, especially in the second half [but] Lee Central seemed to pick up on DeAngelo’s replacement,” Coach Cantey added.
On their first drive, the Bishops were able to get in a 33-yard FG from Drew Costa, which would be the only scoring either team would see through the first quarter. In the second, Griffie Loy went 40 yards on a screen play, before being taken down, but was already within close range of the end zone. He ran in a short 2 yard run for the first touchdown of the game. Lee Central answered with a five-yard pass and followed it up with a two- point conversion. The first half ended with Lee Central only two points behind and an unrelenting defensive battle on both sides.
The Bishops scored on a keeper from Kevin Herbst in the third, and like the first quarter, they were the only ones to put any new points on the board. It was in the fourth that Lee Central scored first on a four-yard run from DeVonta Wright, but failed to complete the two-point conversion. The Bishops answered twice with a short touchdown run from Griffie Loy, and a 30-yard interception from junior DB, Reed Fosberry that resulted in seven more following the extra point.
Lee Central held the Bishops from scoring any more, and managed to complete a 59-yard pass and complete another conversion, but it wasn’t enough as the Bishops ended this one with a sigh of relief, ahead by nine and only one more game between them and a chance to return to the State Championship match.
Coach Cantey felt as though his defense played well overall, but did give up some big plays. There were quite a few fumbles in this game, but they had some goal line stops that gave him confidence going into the next game.
The Bishops will play away against the 11-1 Silver Bluff Bulldogs and a Wing-T offense, this Friday at 7:30 pm for the Lower State final.