Bishop’s football team kept its perfect record alive Friday, beating Rim of the World, 31-21, for the first time in school history.
The Broncos jumped ahead quickly against the Fighting Scots, whom they’ve played six times before, but Bishop slipped in the second half by allowing Rim back into the game.
Bishop took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter and added 14 points to its lead before the first half was over.
The Fighting Scots started chipping away at the Broncos’ lead in the second half after capitalizing on a turnover by the special teams.
“We certainly outplayed them in the first half,” said Bishop coach Bill Egan. “In the second half we had a little bit of a let-down.”
Rim outscored the Broncos, 14-0, in the third quarter.
Bishop got back on track in the final quarter, outscoring Rim 14-7. Egan felt the second-half slip will be a learning experience for his team.
“It’s a great victory,” Egan said of beating Rim. “The kids realized we cannot rest on our laurels, we have to improve every week because everyone else will.”
Leading the way for the Broncos was Aaron Puls who rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries and scored 2 touchdowns. Kiko Gonzalez and Kyle Goin also had a touchdown each for the Broncos.
At quarterback, Chance Callahan went 5 for 6 for 91 yards with a touchdown pass and a interception. He also rushed for 77 yards off of 6 carries.
Leading Bishop’s defense was Gonzalez and Ermilo Arias, who each had 13 tackles. The Broncos’ defense held the Fighting Scots to 68 yards rushing.
With his solid play, Gonzalez earned the team’s Bronco Award.
In addition to his touchdown and tackles, Gonzalez had a sack, block, 2 punts and an interception. Mario Cerros was the team’s Offensive Player of the Game and Broderick McKinney was the team’s Defensive Player of the Game. McKinney had 8 tackles against Rim.
In Bishop’s next game, the Broncos will a face off with rivals Mammoth. This will be the first time in a year that the two squads have played each other, after the Huskies did not field a team last season.
“I’m delighted it’s back on, I really missed it,” Egan said of the game.
Egan looks for Mammoth to play tough defense against the Broncos. The Huskies are 2-1 and are coming off a 10-7 win over Calvary Murrieta.
Bishop will play Mammoth at 7 p.m. Friday at home.