The Bishop High Broncos scored on their first possession of Friday evening’s cross-county rivalry with the Mammoth Huskies and never looked back.
With the lopsided Bishop victory, 59-6, the Broncos remain first in their division with a perfect 4-0 record heading into Friday’s contest with Bishop’s of La Jolla.
“I’m happy with the intensity and focus we brought to the game,” said coach Bill Egan. “We had a lot of distractions to overcome with the penalty calls all night.”
Egan acknowledged the effort of Mammoth coach Tom Gault in resurrecting the school’s football program. “It takes time to get a good program going,” he said. “His kids worked really hard all summer, but we’ve worked hard for four years. They (the Huskies) have good kids with good skills. They never gave up. They just got hit by a train Friday night.”
With just three minutes off the clock, a Chance Callahan pass to Broderick McKinney put the Broncos well into Husky territory, setting up the first TD on an Aaron Puls run.
Kiko Gonzalez scored the next two touchdowns on 25-yard and 15-yard runs.
By the end of the first quarter, the Broncos had 21 unanswered points on the scoreboard.
Both the Husky and Broncos defenses picked up the effort through the second quarter. Bishop stalled out deep in Husky territory, settling for a Cody Rigney field goal.
Quarterback Callahan came out of the game after a heavy hit late in the second quarter.
After half-time, sub QB Gonzalez moved the Broncos quickly from mid-field to the Huskyies’ 3-yard line and a Kyle Goin TD.
Bishop forced a Huskies fumble on Mammoth’s next possession, taking control of the ball on the 20-yard line. A hand-off to Goin scored the fifth TD of the game. On Bishop’s next possession, a 31-yard TD pass play to Rigney ended the third quarter with Bishop 45, Mammoth 0 score.
The Broncos continued their assault with an early fourth quarter TD run by Alec Simpson.
Gerardo Castillo intercepted a Mammoth pass deep in Husky territory to set up the final Bishop TD, a Jaime Ruelas run.
On Mammoth’s final possession, a 15-yard TD run by Oscar Hernandez put the Huskies on the board for the final 59-6 score.
“Kiko did a great job coming in as quarterback,” said Egan. “Puls, Castillo and Ruelas all had great games. Both our offensive and defensive lines were right on all night.”
Gonzalez passed for 134 yards and one touchdown. Puls led the Broncos with 161 yards on nine carries. Ermilo Arias and Schain Thomson led the defense on tackes with 9 and 7, respectively.
Bishop will have a battle on their hands this Friday when they travel to La Jolla to play the undefeated Bishop Knights. Both Bishops are number one in their divisions.
“We’re two of the best small schools in CIF,” said Egan. “We lost to the Knights last year, 17-14. If we beat them this year, we’ll be one of the elite schools in the state.”