The Bishop Broncos beat the California City Ravens, 48-7.
The football game wasn’t as close as the numbers imply. Befitting a Homecoming Game, the Broncos controlled the ball, the clock, the field, everything but a couple of Ravens’ speedy, little running backs and early game drizzles.
The Ravens have improved over the last few years but not enough to make a dent in the football juggernaut that is Bishop.
The Broncos didn’t waste any time finding the end zone. Starting with a Ryan Devore kick return to Bishop’s 38, Dustin Waasdorp gobbled up 50 yards before getting pushed out of bounds at Cal City’s 12. Waasdorp finished the three-play drive with a TD giving the Broncos an early lead at 7-0.
Cal City went four downs, lost 12 yards and punted.
Bishop started its second scoring drive near mid-field. QB Kyle Batchelder ran for 8, then sent a perfect spiral into Cy Scott’s hands for a 14-0 lead.
Cal City went four downs, lost immeasurable yards and punted, again giving Bishop good field position 33 yards away from the end zone.
The third Bishop TD took a little longer, roughly two minutes. Batchelder was sacked for a loss but Devore made it up with a 12-yard gain. Batchelder sprinted for a 25-yard gain putting Bishop at first-and-goal on the 2. Devore went in for the TD; Chris Frohreich stayed 100 percent on the PATs and Bishop led 21-0.
As the quarter clocked ticked away, Bishop got stuck near mid-field and was forced to punt early in the second quarter, the team’s first punt of the game.
Cal City finally found a way around the Broncos’ defense, making its first down at its own 40. The Ravens’ most impressive weapon wasn’t their 6-foot, 7-inch, 381-lb. nose guard/tackle, it was their running back, 5-foot, 6-inch, 135-lb. Daville Walker. But Cal City still ended the drive with a punt.
In one of those deja vu moments, Bishop started on its own 27, advanced on a QB keeper, then a hand-off to Waasdorp ended in a 64-yard TD run and a 28-0 lead for the Broncos.
Less than three minutes later, Waasdorp went in again for a 34-0 Broncos lead.
Next Broncos’ possession, starting near mid-field, a hand-off to James Vanvelzer moved Bishop into Cal City territory and Batchelder went the distance for a 41-0 lead with just over two minutes left in the half.
With the clock running through the second half, Cal City set up a drive deep in its own territory. Armando Uribe rushed for 27 yards, setting up a first down on the Ravens’ 40.
The Broncos nearly ruined the drive with an interception, but Cal City prevailed, poking its nose into Bishop territory on runs by Uribe. The Ravens methodically chipped away yards, making it inside Bishop’s red zone, then getting pushed back on a fumbled snap. At fourth-and-9, the Ravens had nothing to lose, went for it and found the end zone for a 41-7 score.
The Ravens’ drive nearly devoured the third quarter.
Starting the fourth quarter at second-and-7 on the Ravens’ 36, the Broncos did the 5-yard-penalty two-step and ended up third-and-12. Curran Simpson slipped unnoticed past the Ravens’ line, caught a pass, streaked down the sidelines and into the end zone, putting Bishop ahead 40-7.
Cal City got the ball back with 9:46 on the game clock, turned it over on downs with just over two minutes left. Bishop ran one play, took a knee and logged its second win in High Desert League.
The Broncos hit the road this Friday for a match-up with the Frazier Mountain Falcons. The Falcons are 0-2 in league with a 14-26 loss to Kern Valley and a 30-8 loss to Desert.
The following week, Oct. 27, Bishop travels to Kern Valley, currently tied at 2-0 in league. The KV Broncs scored a 44-22 win over Rosamond and a 26-14 win over Frazier Mountain in its league opener.
Bishop’s final league game, at home, will pit the Broncos against the Rosamond Roadrunners, currently 0-2 in HDL action.