Big plays sink the Bishops in 35-27 loss to West Ashley
A reverse pass for a touchdown. A blocked punt to set up a touchdown. A touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
Bishop England coach John Cantey will replay those plays in his mind as he evaluates his team’s effort in a 35-27 loss at West Ashley on Friday night. The Bishops made some big plays but gave up too many on the other side of the ball as they dropped their first game of the season after an opening victory against Christ Church.
“Big plays can be demoralizing,” Cantey said after watching West Ashley improve to 2-0 on the year. “I feel good about the way the defense is progressing. Once we shut down the big plays, we’ll be good.”
The Bishops have surrendered 81 points in two games, so there is room for improvement. The good news is that the Bishops didn’t quit against the Class AAAAA Wildcats. West Ashley jumped to leads of 14-0, 21-7 and 28-7 and managed to keep the Bishops out of the endzone - and win column - late in the game.
The game turned out to be a battle of quarterbacks. Bishop England’s Leo Albano entered the game with a lot of hype after accounting for seven touchdowns last week. He had a good effort against West Ashley as he scored two rushing touchdowns to break the career record of 44 touchdowns rushing, which was held by Andrew Bunch and Derek Hughes.
Albano, who now has 45 career rushing touchdowns, carried 22 times for 167 yards. He completed 12 of 23 passing for 121 yards and a pair of scores. He threw both TD passes to Christian Greavu, who finished with nine receptions for 99 yards.
West Ashley quarterback Kenyatta Jenkins was just as effective as he accounted for four touchdowns. He carried 22 times for 147 yards and a pair of TDs, and completed 7 of 8 passing for 104 yards. He completed touchdown passes to Dominique Kershaw that covered 11 and 46 yards.
West Ashley jumped in front, 14-0, midway through the second quarter, with Jenkins scoring on a 1-yard run and connecting with Kershaw for a 12-yard score.
The Bishops trailed 14-0 but Albano scored from 8 yards out to cut the lead to 14-7. But Jenkins hooked up with Kershaw for some razzle-dazzle and a 46-yard TD score to give the home team a 21-7 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats broke open the game on the first play from scrimmage in the second half when Jenkins raced for a 57-yard TD run to make it 28-7. The Bishops scored two touchdowns in a 2-minute span as Albano scored on a 5-yard run, and hooked up with Greavu for a 19-yard TD pass. But that was as close as the Bishops could get.
The Bishops will play another undefeated team Friday night when they travel to face the St. John’s Islanders. St. John’s opened the season with a 34-28 victory over James Island and stopped Stall 29-6 on Friday.