In the Bishop football team’s home opener, the Broncos jumped ahead early and never looked back, beating Western Christian, 51-6.
Bishop’s defense was able to pin the Lancers in their own territory much of the night, allowing the Broncos’ offense to have good field position.
“It was phenomenal,” Bishop coach Bill Egan said of his team’s defense.
The Broncos’ special teams defense fueled its offense in the opening minutes of the game as Kiko Gonzalez blocked a Lancers punt and dove on the loose ball in the end zone, scoring the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game.
With the Lancers’ starting quarterback having to leave the game early in the first quarter due to injury, Bishop’s defense was unyielding as Gonzalez forced a safety early in first quarter.
Before the quarter was over, the Broncos scored 3 more touchdowns as Chance Callahan, Gonzalez and Aaron Puls all scored.
Bishop took a 30-0 lead in the first quarter and didn’t allow the Lancers past their own 35-yard line with the ball.
The Broncos added to their score in the second quarter as Matt Doonan picked up a Lancers fumble and ran it back for a touchdown.
Despite Bishop’s dominating performance, the Broncos got sloppy as they committed fumbles in the second and third quarters.
The Lancers capitalized off Bishop’s mistakes, scoring in the third quarter.
The Broncos added 2 more touchdowns before the game was over, with Puls and Jaime Ruelas each making it into the end zone.
With Western Christian out of the way, the Broncos now turn their focus to Rim of the World, whom they haven’t beaten in the six years the teams have been playing each other, Egan said.
“The one thing we get when we play Rim, is a good game,” Egan said.
The Scots, who were ranked No. 5 in the East Valley Division after week 1, are a solid running team, rushing for 3,120 yards last season.
Leading the Scots in yards last year was Dillon Pretzinger, a senior this year, with 2,138.
A key for Bishop will be stopping Rim’s running game, Egan said.
“We can’t have turnovers like tonight,” Egan said Friday about playing the Scots. “We’re playing good defense but we have to pick it up.”
Bishop will be on the road Friday to face the Scots.