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Sports Last Updated: Oct 24, 2012 - 9:57:24 AM


BE wins Region 6-AA championship by outlasting Woodland
By Bart Manley
Oct 24, 2012 - 9:55:46 AM

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The game that Coach John Cantey and his team anticipated would be a challenge lived up to the prediction as they travelled to Dorchester to face the 8-1 Woodland Wolverines last Friday. With perfect Fall football weather and a high number of supporting fans, the Bishops engaged in a back-and-fourth battle in the woods with the Wolverines, but came out on top, 35-26, to claim the win and the Region 6-AA championship.
“This is usually the environment we see up here,” Coach Cantey said following the game, “Woodland is a good football team and they keyed in on DeAngelo [tonight]. We felt good about just going straight down the field.”
The Bishops team showed they have a full armory of weapons. They opened the game with Griffie Loy taking a big run up the middle, leaving only 5 yards for QB Kevin Herbst to run for the first touchdown of the game.
Woodland answered quickly with a 99-yd kickoff return from Dakeem Hanton, and an opposing crowd that came alive, reminding BE where they were and that this game would be all that they expected.
 Woodland’s Michael Wamer picked off Herbst on the Bishops next possession and Michael DeLee took advantage of the field position and ran in a 10-yard touchdown to put the Wolverines up by 7.
 The Bishops did not relent. On their next position, DeAngelo Stephenson got them in scoring position, leaving only a few yards for Herbst to score on the keeper.  With the game tied, the Bishops’ defense stepped it up by restricting Woodland from scoring again in the quarter.
A 69-yard pass to Nick Theos made the score 21-14 by the end of the first quarter.
Woodland’s Patrick Shepard was the next to put up points with a 10-yd run and the possibility of an even score, but the Bishops blocked the extra point and were able to remain ahead going into the half, 21-20.
Woodland was keying in on DeAngelo Stephenson and not allowing many opportunities to go long on the pass. The return of Nick Theos from injury provided an additional target for Herbst on short passing plays and enabled the squad to get into key scoring position, especially at the start the third quarter. Theos’ reception got the offense within 5-yards, leaving only a short run for Herbst to put the team ahead by 8.
The remainder of this quarter consisted of a series of fumble recoveries, on both sides, but controversial decisions on who came up with possession livened up the stands.
In the final quarter the Bishops’ defense intercepted a pass and scored on a pass to Stephenson.
The Wolverines were down, but not out as they recovered a fumble and threw a 58-yd pass to Herbert Johnson, shifting the momentum back to their side.
The Bishops’ defense held the line the rest of the way, preventing a two-point conversion attempt and stopping the Wolverines in the rest of this game.  The last defensive play of the game secured the win as Stephenson intercepted a pass with 1:50 left in the game, giving the Bishops final control of game.
“Our defense played outstanding and we have some guys back from injury, that helped us,” Coach Cantey said following the hard-fought victory.
The Bishops will face Ridgeland at home at 7:30 Friday for their final game of the regular season. This will be followed with a bye week before the playoffs begin.
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