BE thrashes St. John's, takes on Porter-Gaud this Friday night
When Bishop England football coach John Cantey talks about his 2016 team, he gets defensive. But in this case, it’s a good thing because defense wins championships.
The Bishops hit on all cylinders Monday night in a 42-12 victory over St. John’s at Cantey Stadium. The defense turned in another strong effort as the Bishops held the Islanders to only 221 yards in total offense.
“The defense keeps getting better and better every game,” said Cantey, whose team is 3-0 for only the second time in the last three decades. “These guys continue to work, continue to get better. We gave up a couple of big plays against St. John’s, but other than that, we were effective and pretty much shut them down.”
The Bishops already owned wins over Pinewood Prep and West Ashley heading into Week 3. Pinewood Prep played for the SCISA Class AAA state championship while West Ashley is expected to be one of the better Class AAAAA teams in the Lowcountry.
Monday, it was more of the same in a game that was rescheduled from Friday night due to the threat of Hurricane Hermine.
The Bishops are allowing only 18 points and 271 yards per game for their quick start.
“We’re progressing the way we should at this point,” Cantey said. “We are having a lot of fun playing football right now.”
Quarterback Leo Albano continues to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the Lowcountry. He scored on a 5-yard TD run and then threw an 18-yard TD pass to Zach Pampu to give the Bishops a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the contest.
Albano finished with 171 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns in approximately three quarters of work. The lefty now has 304 yards and seven TDs rushing on the season and another 244 yards and two TDs in the air.
St. John’s fell to 1-2 and pretty much sealed its own fate with three turnovers in the first half.
Bishops fullback Carter Kilgore scored on a one-yard plunge for the Bishops while Ian Butler scored from 10 yards out.
The Bishops risk their perfect season Friday when they host Porter-Gaud in what might be the holiest of the Holy Wars, the nickname of the series between the two private schools.
“I think this is the first time we’ve played them when both teams are 3-0,” Cantey said. “We have little time to prepare because of the two games this week. This week is about being mentally and physically ready to play.”
The Bishops have won five of the past six over the Cyclones, including a thrilling 39-38 victory last season at Porter-Gaud.
Albano was pretty much the difference last fall against the Cyclones. He rushed for 168 yards and three TDs and passed for 47 yards and another score.
Porter-Gaud led 38-31 late in last year’s game, but Albano scored on a 5-yard TD and converted the two-point conversion for the victory.
“It should be a great game,” Cantey said. “What we focus on is getting better every week. If we do that, we have a better chance.”