BE falls short in comeback attempt against James Island
The Bishop England Battling Bishops fell to the James Island High School Trojans 41-38 on Friday. The Bishops did all they could to win, including an amazing onside kick by Adam Mikulski late in the fourth quarter as well as with two Bishops with more than 100 yards rushing, but they just couldn’t pull it out. In the fourth quarter, the Bishops trailed by eleven after a long run by James Island. After a first down run by running back Jake Mock, Chandler Garrett was punched by a James Island cornerback and drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Bishops were given an extra 15 yards. After fullback John DeStefano rumbled for another first, Garrett was fouled again, setting up the Bishops for quarterback Leo Albano to run in a touchdown. Albano then ran it in for the 2 point conversion. The Bishops were now just down by three and kicker Adam Mikulski topped the ball perfectly and it rolled forward ten yards before he picked it up. The Bishops were set up on the James Island side of the field and DeStefano powered for another 15 yards. But then the Trojan defense stepped up. The Bishops turned the ball over on downs and the Trojans ran out the clock. Despite this, two Bishops played unbelievable games. John DeStefano led the team in rushing with 133 yards and two touchdowns while Jake Mock ran for 103 yards and another touchdown. Mock also had two long kickoff returns, including one that he brought all the way back to the Trojan 15 yard line. BE starts region play just 1-4. Commenting on the rough start, Coach John Cantey said, “I think we’re prepared, I think that you have to go up against the best that you can compete against prior to getting into the region and that’s going to make a big difference.” They play Whale Branch next week at home to start their conference schedule. The Bishops look to avenge their 28-6 loss to Whale Branch from last year.