Bishops Run the Knight Wild
By Andrew Smith
La Jolla (11/1/2013) – It’s been a tough five weeks the Bishops Knights have had to endure. Outside of a win against Army-Navy – 28 calendar days ago – they’ve entered games as the underdogs and played them extremely tough for the first 30 minutes only to fizzle away in the end.
On Friday night at La Jolla’s Gene Edwards Stadium against La Jolla Country Day they were slight favorites over the banged up Torreys, but they finally put together four solid quarters of football and ran away with a 45-21 Coastal League victory.
“It just feels fabulous to come out here and finally get the job done,” BULLA GRAFT boisterously stated after setting a career-high with 326 rushing yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. “I have to give a huge shout-out to my O-line though. They created big holes for me to run through all night.”
It started out grim for La Jolla Country Day (5-4, 1-3) in the beginning. After a quick three-and-out followed by a 4-play 49-yard TD drive by the Bishops (6-3, 1-2), capped off with a 28-yard A. J. BRITANICO score it looked like it was going to be a one long Knight.
However, the Torreys were up for the battle.
WR/DB CHRISTIAN HAYES – playing in his first game back in three weeks – evened the score by taking a screen pass 38 yards from freshman quarterback BRAXTON BURMEISTER. Hayes ended as the top receiver hauling in six receptions for 65 yards.
The two teams exchanged body blows at that point, but neither could connect with an uppercut. The second quarter judges scorecard actually favored the Torreys as they came up two huge defensive stops on fourth down plays, BRENNAN GORING recovered a muffed punt and their defense looked primed for an upset.
All that noise was quickly killed though just before halftime when Graft ripped off a highlight reel 34-yard touchdown to stake a 14-7 lead at the break.
LJCD looked down headed to the locker room, but we surely not out. On the third play from scrimmage in the second half Hayes jumped in front of a pass and went 51 yards to the house on the interception return. The caught another lucky break recovering a fumble when it looked like the Knights were about to score, but the Bishops’ defense was just too much for them as they held them to negative 24 yards on 18 carries.
The defensive front four keeps making a name for itself with BLAKE DORVILLIER and CYRUS NOLAN rushing off the edges, while defensive tackles DANIEL ANDERSON and STEVIE HINSHAW rule the middle.
“We did a good job of beating them to the outside to and could’ve had a lot more sacks if Burmeister wasn’t so elusive,” Dorvillier said after registering 3.5 sacks and three more tackles for a loss. “Daniel is our anchor in the middle along with Stevie, we know they got the inside covered so it really allows Cyrus and I to pin our ears back and really go for it.”
The last three minutes of the third quarter weren’t meant to be watched for those faint of heart…
Given a short field the Knights only needed to go 27 yards to take back the lead at 21-14. Another defensive stop had the Torreys punt from their own end zone. REGGIE DAVIS raced in and blocked the punt backwards, but the kicker attempted to kick it again and it was a line drive right into the hands of Dorvillier for what might have been the first ever 2-yard punt return for a touchdown in football history.
“That play was big-time game changer for us,” added Graft. “First of all for Reggie to block it but once it got into Big Diesel’s hands we knew he was in.”
DARRIEN BROWN took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, but Graft counter-punched with a 67-yard touchdown run on the next play as the “Flying Hawaiian” went untouched to make it a 35-21 game.
CHRIS ALLEYNE hit all six of his extra point attempts, he also nailed a 37-yard field goal in the fourth and GRIFF SEAMAN found JACK CASE on an 11-yard pitch-and-catch as the Knights tossed a fourth quarter shutout.
The final nail in the coffin came when freshman defensive back KAMERON JONES sealed the deal with his first career interception.
“I really wasn’t expecting the ball to come my way,” he admitted after. “When I saw it coming right at me all I could think was ‘I go to get this’. It was really just an awesome feeling.”
After weeks of second-half struggles it certain that the entire Bishops’ team had those same “awesome feelings” when it was all said and done.
. 1 2 3 4 F
La Jolla Country Day 7 0 14 0 21
Bishop’s 7 7 21 10 45
B – Britanico 28 run (Alleyne kick)
LJCD – Hayes 38 pass from Burmeister (Lyman kick)
B – Graft 34 run (Alleyne kick)
LJCD – Hayes 51 interception return (Lyman kick)
B – Graft 1 run (Alleyne kick)
B – Dorvillier 2 punt return (Alleyne kick)
LJCD – Brown 99 kickoff return (Lyman kick)
B – Graft 63 run (Alleyne kick)
B – Alleyne 34 field goal
B – Case 11 pass from Seaman (Alleyne kick)
PASSING – LJCD – Burmeister 14-29-1-140-1 B – Seaman 3-9-1-38-1 RUSHING – LJCD – Goldklang 8-minus8, Burmeister 11-minus16 B – Graft 23-326, Britanico 13-70, Davis 6-26, Allred 3-12, Seaman 2-1 RECEIVING – LJCD – Hayes 6-65, Goldklang 4-25, Brown 2-24, Goring 1-29, Caravantes 1-0 B – Hagestad 2-27, Case 1-11 PUNTING – LJCD – Hayes 9-197, Lyman 1-33 B – Alleyne 1-26 KICKOFF RETURNS – LJCD – Brown 1-99, Hayes 2-27, Edwards 1-15, Goldklang 1-12, Goring 1-9 B – Davis 2-20, Britanico 1-12 INTERCEPTIONS – LJCD – Hayes 1-51 B – Jones 1-0 FIRST DOWNS LJCD – 7 B – 10 PENALTIES – SFC – 6-52 B – 5-40
Tagged aj britanico, bishops, blake dorivillier, braxton burmeister, brennan goring, bulla graft, chris alleyne, christian hayes, cyrus nolan, daniel anderson, darrien brown, griff seaman, jack case, kameron jones, knights, la jolla country day, reggie davis, stevie hinshaw, torreys