Bishops falter against the Timberland Wolves
On Friday, the Bishop England Battling Bishops fell to the Timberland Wolves 35-8. Despite a great first half played by BE and especially great by the special teams, namely running back Jake Mock, they could not handle the Wolves second half onslaught.
The game was almost exclusively played on the ground. The Bishops only had nine passing attempts and the Wolves had even less -- just five attempts. Combined, both teams only gained twelve yards through the air. Timberland collected 394 yards on the ground and Bishop England only earned 176 yards.
The yardage does not tell the entire story. At the end of the first half, the score was 14-8. The Bishops usually had a shorter field to work with, thanks to Jake Mock, who returned the ball pass the 30 yard line on all but one of his kick returns. Unfortunately, BE struggled to finish off their drives. The only score came from quarterback Leo Albano on a 4th down quarterback sneak. Despite the scoring struggle, the Bishops only had one three and out drive and only punted twice. The Bishops went for it on fourth down six times and converted four of them. Their other drives ended with physical turnovers, including an Albano interception.
John DeStefano led the team in rushing with 75 yards on 17 attempts; DeStefano also had the only reception for the Bishops for 12 yards. Albano was next with 67 yards on 17 attempts. Andrew Pizzo led the team in tackles with seven and Jacob Hand was second with six.
Bishop England plays against James Island this Friday at home. They look to improve their record to 2-3 before entering inter-conference play.