Bishops capture another win, Albano sets BE career football record
Star student-athlete Leo Albano set another Bishop England career football record Friday night in the Bishops’ 41-6 victory over Academic Magnet.
The senior needed 103 yards to equal Derek Hughes’ school record of 3,229 yards. Albano bettered the mark early in the game against the Raptors as he had another big game, accounting for four touchdowns and rushing for more than 150 yards in a game played at Jack Cantey Stadium on Daniel Island.
It marked the second time this season that Albano broke a BE career record. Just a few weeks ago, Albano bested Andrew Bunch’s and Hughes’ shared career mark of 44 rushing touchdowns. Albano now has 53 career touchdowns rushing.
Hughes played for the Bishops and graduated from the school in 1978. He was named a Parade All-American his senior year. The award, at the time, was the most coveted honor a high school football player could receive.
Cantey, whose father Jack was the coach of the Bishops when Hughes shone on the gridiron, was just beginning his football career. He was a toddler at the time and was a BE ball boy.
“I don’t remember it, but I’ve been told that I sat on Derek’s lap on the team bus on the way home from games,” Cantey said. “Now, I’m coaching Leo, who is breaking Derek’s records. I guess you could say my career has come full circle.”
The Bishops posted their second win of the week with the conquest of the Raptors. They beat Woodland on Monday in a game that was pushed back three days because of the after effects of Hurricane Irma. They upped their record to 3-2 and have an open date this weekend.
Albano scored three touchdowns on the ground and threw a TD pass to Christian Greavu that covered more than 60 yards. Karson Mingo and Charlie Michel also scored for the Bishops.
Albano is a three-sport star. He’s been named to numerous all-state teams in football, basketball and baseball. He helped the baseball team win a state championship last May, the school’s first since 2011.
He has a 5.4 GPA on a weighted scale GPA and is ranked in the top 5 in his class of 173 students. He is considering Ivy League schools in football and attended a Notre Dame baseball camp over the summer.
You would think he already has a PhD in humility when you listen to him talk about his records.
“It means a lot to me, but I cannot take all the credit for them,” Albano said. “My offensive line has blocked well for four years and the receivers and running backs do an awesome job of maintaining their blocks and going to block downfield. Also, the coaches played a huge part as they were the ones who put the team in situations to succeed with practice and play calling.”
Said Cantey: “Leo’s such a great kid. He deserves all the honors because of his hard work. He does his best. I’m proud of him. He’s just a great kid.”