Bishop Division 1 and 2 win titles
by Arnie Palu
Bishop Youth Football played host to the Antelope Valley Youth Football Championship games Saturday. Bishop not only hosted, but had a team in each of the three division championship games. The Broncos won titles in both Division 1 and Division 2 recording wins over Kern Valley and Boron. Bishop’s Division 3 team fell to rival Kern Valley in the Division 3 title game.
Kern Valley 19
Coach Jim Reynolds guided the Division 1 Broncos to a championship Saturday finishing off a undefeated season. The Broncos were paced by standout Elijah Reynolds. Elijah’s big day included 5 rushing touchdowns on just 14 carries. Reynolds rolled up 302-yards scoring on runs of 35, 18, 50, 70, and 40 yards. Elijah also racked up a team high 7 tackles. Vinney Begay had a strong game with 6 rushes for 20-yards scoring 2 extra points and collecting 5 tackles. Damon Terrazas rushed 5 times for 40-yards including a 30-yard touchdown and made 3 tackles. Carlos Suarez Jr scored an extra point and made a tackle. Justin Pettet made 3 tackles, Chucky Delgado had a tackle, Ishia Lee made 3 tackles including a tackle for a 8-yard loss. Richie Talevera collected 5 tackles, Preston Pool-Harjo 3, and Darrick Cortez 2 stops.
Coach Jim Reynolds Comments, ” I would like to thank all the coaches that helped this year, (James Pettet, Mike Harjo, Aaron Berkovatz, Jon Torres, and Team Manager Leslie Harjo), they helped in the success of this team. We went undefeated (11-0). I am extremely proud of each one of these kids. I have seen them grow and learn the game of football. I was so excited for the kids to win a Super Bowl and experience the feeling.” Thanks Jim Reynolds
The Division 2 game featured the top seed, undefeated Boron Wildcats and the underdog Bishop Broncos. Boron entered the game with a 10-0 record including a pair of regular season wins over the Broncos, 30-12 and 43-14.
Bishop got on the board first with a clutch 3rd down touchdown pass from Jakob Redman to Colt Matteson. Bishop’s 6-0 lead quickly became a 19-6 Boron lead at the close of the first half. The Bronco defense shut down the wildcats in the second half allowing the team to mount a strong comeback. Cain Omohundro keyed the defensive effort including a forced fumble. Jakob Redman connected with Austin Halfen and Kenyan Piper for second half touchdown passes. Reece Marsh drilled 2 point after kicks giving the Broncos at 22-19 win.
Coaches Comments, “Big rushing efforts from Chevyo Marquez and Kenyan Piper kept the drives alive for the Broncos. The offense line played the best game they have played all year against the bigger Bobcat lineman. It was a huge team effort to win this game.”
The Bishop Division 2 team is coached by Head Coach Will Lyons, Assistant coaches Chris Matteson, Thom Batchelder, Steve Omohundro, Ronny Georgeson and Chuck Steedle.