Bishops beat Porter Gaud!
The Bishop England Battling Bishops traveled to play the Porter Gaud Cyclones on Friday to take on their cross town rivals. Needless to say, the game lived up to expectations. The Bishops won a nail-biter, 39-38, thanks to a two-point conversion by Leo Albano and an interception by Jake Mock late in the fourth quarter. Both of these players had phenomenal games. BE was trailing 38-31 with under four minutes to go in the game. After a Porter touchdown, running back Jake Mock set the Bishops up with decent field position. Mock broke off a big first down run and then quarterback Leo Albano broke off another first down run and got pulled down by his facemask, setting the Bishops up with a first and ten on the Porter 15. Albano ran the ball in a few plays later to make the score 37-38 (Porter). Coach Cantey went for 2, and Albano ran that in as well. That left Porter with just under two minutes to score. Jake Mock, who played great all game, intercepted the ball with just over a minute to play. The Bishops kneed the ball until the clock ran out to seal the victory. Jake Mock and Leo Albano did not just play well in the final minutes; they both played an epic game. Mock set the tone of the game when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. On the following BE drive, Albano ran an option 65 yards on the first play from scrimmage, giving the Bishops a 14-7 lead on only one snap. Albano finished with 168 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns, plus 5 out of 10 passing for 47 more yards. He also threw a touchdown to Mock. Mock finished with 27 yards rushing on 4 attempts and 29 yards receiving on 3 catches. These two were not the only Bishops that played well. John DeStefano ran the ball ten times for 91 yards. Jacob Hand led the team in tackles with 9, Ross Miller had 7 and Gil Sizer had 6. If the Bishops had one problem, it was stopping the pass. BE gave up 312 yards through the air. Coach Cantey pointed to execution, “We have guys who aren’t as good athletes as other schools have, but when they all work together we can stop people. And that’s where we have to get. We’re not exactly there yet. The guys have to understand the whole concept of how we move our defensive guys, and it’s getting there, and it’s getting closer each week and that’s the whole part of non-region schedule is that you get better each week. So our defense has to continue to understand the whole scheme and the whole concept so we can work together and stop people.” The Bishops travel to Timberland and play against last year’s Division AA champs this Friday.