Quarterback Eddie Marinaro was perfect. The running game delivered a 1-2 knockout punch and the defense gave up one meaningful touchdown.
The Bishop England High School team worked at full throttle Friday night in the first half of a Region 8-AAA clash against Academic Magnet, racing to a 27-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushing it to 41-7 at halftime.
Coach John Cantey was able to clear the bench early to give some of his younger players experience. In the end, the Bishops were able to savor a 41-14 victory over the Raptors.
The Bishops improved to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in region play. Academic Magnet fell to 0-2, 0-2.
“We had a lot of good things happen. We had a lot of the younger players get that experience,” coach John Cantey said. “We experienced a lot of success after struggling against Oceanside Collegiate, so that’s a good thing.”
Marinaro completed all seven of his pass attempts for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 43 yards and another score on eight rushing attempts.
Senior running back Michael Long, who rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last fall, carried seven times for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Marco Pampu showed a glimpse of the future with a 92-yard TD run. He carried only three
times and finished with 121 yards rushing to lead a ground game that finished with 317 yards and averaged 11.7 yards per carry.
Pampu, who came in in relief of Marinaro at QB, passed five times, completing three for 27 yards.
The Bishops finished with 485 total yards, averaging 13.5 yards per play after struggling against Oceanside Collegiate Academy in the season-opener. The Landsharks held the Bishops to only 186 yards in total offense in a 27-7 victory.
The Bishops settled the issue early, jumping to a 27-0 lead at the end of the first quarter in a game played at Jack Cantey Stadium. The Bishops pushed the lead to 41-7 at halftime, and the Raptors had the only score of the second half, a TD in the fourth quarter.
Marinaro and Pampu combined to complete passes to five different receivers. Long, the talented running back, led the way with three receptions for 64 yards and a TD. Senior Keegan Bittner added three catches for 42 yards and classmate Sammy Gress caught two passes for 43 yards.
If there is a concern after two weeks into the season, it’s injuries, specifically knee injuries. Cantey had to restructure the offensive line after sophomore center Tommy Diliegro suffered a knee injury last week and will miss the remainder of the season.
“That’s the fourth ACL tear and we are only two weeks into the season,” Cantey said. “Usually, we have one a year.”
The Bishops go after win No. 2 Friday night with a road trip to Battery Creek. The Dolphins were on the wrong end of a 36-0 decision at Hanahan in Week 2.
Academic Magnet, which has allowed 86 points in two games, hosts North Charleston.