Thursday’s final High Desert League football game won’t make the Bishop Broncos’ 2013 highlight reel.
For a team accustomed to not just winning but blowing the competition out of the water, this has been a rough year. You can talk about life lessons until you’re blue in the face and it doesn’t make the situation any more palatable, maybe in a few years, but not Thursday night.
The team has worked and practiced hard all year, according to coach Bill Egan. There’s talent and there have been some spectacular moments. But, this final game against the Rosamond Roadrunners was pretty much a bust.
Maybe the broadcasters got it right: Rosamond had nothing to lose; Bishop was fighting back from a tough loss to rival Kern Valley and the loss of the HDL championship. The Roadrunners were having a blast, win or lose; the Broncos weren’t having a whole lot of fun.
Bishop quarterback Carl Olsen scored the first touchdown of the game early in the third quarter at 3rd and 1 inside Rosamond’s red zone. Jarod Dossey added the point after and Bishop took a 0-7 lead.
On its next possession starting midfield, Bishop’s Dustin Waasdorp found some running room, moving the ball near the 15 where Noah Stevens and Olsen finished off the drive with Stevens in the end zone, Dossey on the PAT and a 0-14 lead.
Rosamond started the fourth quarter with an Aldrick Oliver TD, narrowing the lead 7-14.
Oliver did an encore performance on Rosamond’s next possession with a 5-yard TD run and a 14-14 tie.
With 5:33 to break the tie, both teams scrambled like mad men. Rosamond ended up with the ball on Bishop’s 27. The Bronco defense held, forcing too long of a field goal attempt by Rosamond with the clock ticking through the final minute.
The Roadrunners’ defense held the Broncos deep in their own territory, blocked the punt to regain possession on Bishop’s 15 with 29 seconds left.
Rosamond let time run off the clock, set up for a 27-yard field goal and made it to take the game 17-14.