Strong offense leads Bishops to Homecoming victory over Lake Marion
The Bishop England football team’s performance in Friday night’s Homecoming game against Lake Marion was quite offensive.
The Battling Bishops erupted for 57 points in a game contested at Jack Cantey Stadium on Daniel Island and held their foe to 36 to push their winning streak to three games.
Friday night’s offensive effort marked the fourth time in six games that the Bishops scored at least five touchdowns in a game. The Bishops, who upped their record to 4-2, including 1-0 in Region 7-AAA, are averaging 39.5 points per game.
“I thought we would be strong, but I didn’t think we would put up those kind of numbers,” Bishop England coach John Cantey said. “But we have a lot of experience on the offensive line and it all begins at the line of scrimmage. And, we had Leo (Albano) returning. I was concerned about the wingback position, but Christian Greavu and Jacob Shiver have become playmakers.”
The Bishops outgained the visitors 465-426 in total yardage. Most of both teams’ yardage came on the ground with BE rushing for 326 yards while the Gators tallied 389 rushing yards.
Lake Marion took an 8-0 lead, but the Bishops responded in rapid fashion to take a 24-8 lead.
Quarterback Leo Albano connected with Greavu on a 46-yard TD pass and Albano added a 56-yard TD run to keep the momentum going. Sophomore Jarren McCoy kicked a 35-yard field goal and Albano followed that up with a 59-yard TD pass to Jacob Shiver to push the lead to 24-8. The Bishops led 30-14 at halftime and 43-14 at the end of the third quarter - and Cantey gave the backup players plenty of time to show their skills in the fourth quarter.
Albano again led the offense with 266 yards in total offense. The senior rushed 12 times for 161 yards and a TD and completed 2 of 6 passes for 105 yards and two scores.
Greavu rushed 11 times for 82 yards and caught the TD pass. McCoy was on the receiving end of a 35-yard TD pass from Will Daniel. Daniel is the heir apparent to Albano at quarterback in 2018.
Timberland is in first place in the region with a 2-0 record. Bishop England holds down second place with a 1-0 mark. Hanahan is 1-1, while Manning is 0-1. Lake Marion is 0-2 in league play.
The Bishops travel to Hanahan this weekend in a game that features one of the top rivalries in the Lowcountry.
“I think it is our biggest game,” said Cantey, who played quarterback for the Bishops in the early 1990s. “A lot of people think it is Porter-Gaud. As a player, I always looked forward to playing Hanahan. They’re always solid and it always is a good game. It should be no different this year.”
Friday’s game will mark the 46th time the two schools have met, according to the BE football archives. Hanahan leads the series 24-21. The Hawks had a four-game winning streak against the Bishops, but it ended last year when BE posted a 45-24 Homecoming victory.