BE football and swim teams rack up victories
It was just what the Bishop England High School football team needed.
The Bishops, who struggled with just one win in their first five games of the season, received a solid performance from their offense while the defense provided the stops Friday night, as BE celebrated Homecoming and took a big step in securing a playoff bid. The Bishops topped Waccamaw 23-13 in a Region 8-AAA clash.
The Bishops offense, which scored only 66 points in their first five games, showed improvement behind quarterback Eddie Marinaro, the Bishops’ third starting quarterback of the year due to injuries at the position.
The defense, which allowed 30.8 points per as game entering the contest, held the visitors to only 203 yards..
Still, the Bishops needed a big play to turn momentum and erase a Waccamaw lead. Down 13-12, Marinaro found receiver Chris Dengler for a pass-and-run that went 95 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Bishops the lead for good early in the fourth quarter and helped the Bishops up their record to 2-4, including 1-1 in region play.
The Bishops enter this week’s game against Academic Magnet in third place in the region thanks to the victory. Hanahan and Manning share the lead with 2-0 records.
Marinaro manufactured big plays as he totaled 323 yards in total offense. He rushed 21 times for 66 yards and completed 10 of 18 passes for 257 yards.
Marinaro accounted for the first score of the game with a 6-yard TD run. He also hooked up with Dengler for an 80-yard TD pass.
Dengler, who is back from an injury, finished the game with four receptions for 191 yards and a pair of scores.
The Bishop England girls’ and boys swimming teams fared well at the High School League’s State Swimming Championships, which were contested Saturday at the University of South Carolina’s natatorium.
Senior Addie Laurencelle, who recently committed to swim for the University of California, Berkeley, led the way with gold-medal performances in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
He captured his third gold medal of the meet when he teamed up with Noland Griffith, Josh Adams and Ethan Griffith to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Bishops’ other first-place finishers were Noland Griffith in the 100-yard backstroke and Jill Smiley in the 100-yard butterfly.
The girls’ team won the state championship last fall, but finished fourth this year behind champ Christ Church, Oceanside Collegiate and St. Joseph’s.
The boys finished in second place last, and also finished fourth this fall behind champ St. Joseph’s, Academic Magnet and Christ Church.