Bronco Football

Dos Palos Routs the Broncos

The Bishop Broncos season has come to a close. Arnie Palu’s team were unable to advance to the second round of CIF Central Section play, losing 41-6 to the Dos Palos Broncos.

Bishop were unable to stop Dos Palos, who were big, physical, and fast. The Broncos of the Western Sierra dominated the game from start to finish.

 

In the first quarter, Dos Palos were able to score on their opening possession, thanks to a Ronald Johnson 50 yard run. Johnson took the ball to the right side and was surrounded by a sea of blue, but was somehow able to cut back inside and take it to the house making it 7-0.

The Merrell to Merrell connection provided Dos Palos with even more of an advantage, when quarterback, Michael Merrell found his brother, Zane Merrell for a reception inside the five yard line. The ball was placed on the one yard line, and fullback, Ryan Ramirez punched it in, giving Dos Palos a 14-0 lead.

Bishop were thrown a lifeline when it was 21-0, thanks to standout cornerback, Mark Mayhugh intercepting the ball in his own endzone for his ninth pick of the season. This accomplishment allowed Mayhugh to become the second ranked player in the state of California pertaining to interceptions.

Mayhugh get the INT

The senior defensive back finished his season just one interception away from tying state leader, Chase Jones of Mission Prep in San Luis Obisbo, who leads all players in the state with ten interceptions.

Although Mayhugh was able to cause a turnover, the Broncos were unable to capitalize. Bishop turned the ball over going the other way, after a pass was intended for Mark Mayhugh, but was intercepted after a deflection.

It wasn’t until late in the game that the Broncos were finally able to score. Sophomore quarterback, Clay Omohundro threw an arching pass right into the hands of Mayhugh, who went in for the score.

Mayhugh with the lone TD for the Broncos

After the game, Coach Palu praised the opposition’s efforts saying,Tough way to end a fine season. Hats off to Dos Palos they played well and took advantage of our miscues.” Although Palu was disappointed with the result, he heaped praise on his team’s coaching staff and players when he said. “Thank you to our seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program. Thank you to our wonderful coaching staff and their families for their time and dedication to our kids.”

The Broncos finished their season with a 7-4 record. Many key players will be returning next year, including Tristan Valle, Luke McClean, Steven Paco, and Wesley Pettet.

Bishop Crush Boron, Setting Up a Shot at High Desert League Championship

The Bishop Broncos continued their winning ways Friday, extending their winning streak to six games.  Bishop ended up beating Boron 40-15.

Fumbles occurred frequently in this game, with Boron coughing the ball up five times on the evening. The first one happened on the opening kickoff, when Boron captain, Kade Garrett lost the ball inside his own twenty.

Bishop started their first drive inside the Bobcat 20, but were unable to score inside the red zone, and turned the ball over on downs. Boron took over from their own 20 and ended up scoring off a run to the outside by Kade Garrett. The Bobcats then scored a two-point conversion thanks to a pass to the left side to Kade Garrett once again.

Arnie Palu’s team started their drive with good field position, but were not able to score, turning it over on downs once again.

The first score of the game for Bishop came after a Boron fumble, which provided the Broncos a short field. Bishop were able to score thanks to quarterback, Luke McClean’s athletic prowess. McClean weaved his way up the middle on a read-option and ended up scoring the first Broncos touchdown of the game.

After McClean’s touchdown,  the team began to impose their will on the ground with both Steven Paco and Wesley Pettet scoring one-yard touchdowns.

Luke McClean ended up with player of the game honors, scoring three touchdowns with 81 yards rushing. McClean now has back to back games with three touchdowns.

The Broncos will have an extremely tough matchup against Cal-City. The upcoming game will decide who the High Desert League champion will be. Both teams are undefeated in league. The High Desert League championship game will take place at 7:00 PM at Bishop Union High School next Friday.

Broncos Strong 2nd Half.. 59-24 VS Rosamond

The Broncos continued their winning ways Friday night beating Rosamond 59-24 for their fifth consecutive victory. The five straight victories mark the first time that head coach, Arnie Palu has accomplished such a feat.

Although the Broncos ended up winning comfortably, they were not team who got first blood. The Rosamond Roadrunners opened the scoring with a monster run from star running back, Charles Anthony Watson. The senior running back, cut to the outside and broke away from the Bronco secondary for an 80-yard run midway in the first quarter.

However, the Broncos soon responded with a one-yard touchdown on a Luke McClean keeper, making it 7-6 thanks to the Christian Morales extra point.

Later, running back, Wesley Pettet punched in a rushing touchdown right on the doorstep, which expanded Bishop’s lead to eight points. A few moments after the score, Christian Morales converted a 20-yard field goal, and the Broncos went up 17-6

Rosamond quarterback, Colby Adams was able to cut the deficit by throwing a strike on the far side to Davion Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown. The junior quarterback’s ability to escape the pocket and find his receiver made it 17-12.

The second half was much less competitive, mostly because the Bishop defense were suffocating their opponent with back to back scoop and scores. Mark Mayhugh was able to score his second defensive touchdown in three weeks, when a fumble was forced inside the Rosamond five-yard line, Mayhugh was there to collect the ball for the touchdown.

Bishop’s biggest run of the night came from Steven Paco, who used his vision and speed to blow by defenders for a 55-yard run. Paco’s touchdown made it 45-12 late in the third quarter.

Palu’s team ended up expanding their commanding lead, and the game ended 59-24, with Rosamond scoring a few garbage-time points in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos are on the road against Boron next week, with an opportunity to inch closer to a High Desert League title.

Bronco Varsity Win in Kern Valley

Lake Isabella- The Bishop Broncos took on the Kern Valley Broncs in their first game of Desert Mountain League play on Friday.

Although the game was close for most of the game, Bishop were able to come out on top by pulling away in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 24-9.

Bishop had a difficult time getting the offense to click for most of the game, turning the ball over three times. However, as the game went on, the Broncos were able to get things going on the ground.

Running backs, Wesley Pettet and Steven Paco combined for 229 yards on the ground, as well as two touchdowns.

The Broncos are riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak, with a 5-2 record on the season. Head coach, Arnie Palu’s team will host Rosamond next game on October 12th for their second game of Desert Mountain League play.

Photos by Gary Young Photography

Bishop Varsity Romp Sierra

Broncos Cruise to Victory Heading Into Mountain Desert League Play

Bishop CA– The Bishop Broncos football team impressed mightily against Sierra, winning 61-0 for their largest margin of victory this season.

In the first half, Broncos quarterback, Luke McClean was the standout player. McClean hooked up with receiver, Jayden Braithwaite for a touchdown on the team’s second possession.

On the next drive, the Junior quarterback was able to score by bursting up field though multiple Chieftain defenders for a 30 yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-0 in favor of Bishop. McClean ended up finishing his night with 125 total yard and two touchdowns.

The team’s ground attack was headed by Steven Paco, who had 127 yards on 12 carries, as well as 3 touchdowns. Head coach, Arnie Palu said that Paco had a “breakout performance” and was impressed with the way the young ball-carrier handled a sizable workload.

Defensively, the Broncos looked just as good as they did on the other side of the ball. Bishop were able to get into the backfield regularly, disrupting the team’s timing of the Sierra offense.

The great defensive line play helped Mark Mayhugh wreak havoc in the secondary. Mayhugh had 4 interceptions, returning one of them to the house for a 30 yard pick-six.

The Broncos improved to 4-2 in the regular season, and are on a three game winning streak, which is the first time Bishop Union have been able to accomplish such a feat under Arnie Palu.

League play begins next Friday at Kern Valley next week. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM.

Photos by Gary Young Photography.

Bronco’s Offense Explodes at Home Against Whittier Christian

The Bishop Bronco Varsity Football Team lit up the scoreboard on Friday as the played host to the Whitttier Christian Heralds. The Broncos didn’t waste anytime getting on the scoreboard as Jayden Braithwait would rush it from 46 yards on, on the Broncos first play of the game.

The Point After by Christian Morales was good and the Broncos had the early lead 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

Then on their next possession, Clay Omohundro would connect with Luke Mclean from 26 yards out the Broncos would add another six. The PAT was good and the Broncos increased their early lead 14-0.

With the first quarter at 2:53, MCClean would connect with Manny Talavera, on a five yard pass, on Talavera would rush it in from about 40 yards out and the Bronco scoring continued. Morales would make good on the PAT and the Broncos would increase their lead to 21-0.

Keeping the first quarter scoring going, Luke McClean would rush in from 23 yards to add to the Bronco lead. Morales would continue with his good PAT’s and at the end of the first qaurter the Broncos led 28-0.

In the second quarter, the Heralds were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a 35 yard field goal to make the score 28-3.

 

With just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter, Mclean would hand off Jayden Braithwait would rush to the end zone from 43 yards out. That set up Morales for another point after attempt. With a low snap, Morales picked up the ball and was able to make it to the get to the end zone, untouched for a two point conversion.

Going to the third quarter, with 11:08 remaining, McClean would rush it in on a quarterback keeper to score another Bronco touchdown. Again, Morales would make good on the point after and the score was 43-3. With 6:30 left in the third, Morales would add another three on a field goal from 23 yards out and the Broncos lead was 46-3.

Finally, with 5:49 remaining in the game, Omohundro would find Mark Mayhugh from 11 yards out to add another six points. Morales would add the final point for the Broncos on a good Point after and the Broncos went on to route the Whittier Christian Heralds 53-9.

 

Clay Omohundro passed for 79 yards and Luke McClean connected for 62 yards. On the ground, the Broncos were led by McClean who rushed for 95 yards, Jayden Braithwait added 46 and Clay Omohundro 21. Through the air, the Broncos were led by Jayden Braithwait who caught for 46 yards and Mark Mayhugh caught for 42. Defensively, Manny Talavera had 7 tackles, Ian Murphy 6 and Darren Dondero, Jon Torres and Hunter Beal each added 5.

The Broncos will hit the road this Friday to Ridgecrest to take on the Burroughs Burros. We will have the Varsity game for you on 1230AM, KBOV, with Rock Baker calling all the action. Pre-game aire time 6:50 and kick is set for 7pm.

Bronco Varsity Football Falls To Yerington in Three Overtimes!

The Bishop Broncos hosted the Yerington Lions, on Friday, in football action. In the Junior Varsity game, the Broncos improved their early season record to 2-0 as they would,once again, dominate the game. The Bronco JV squad logged 21 unanswered points, all in the second quarter, in their rout of the Lions. In their two early season games the Bronco JV Team has scored 47 points while opponents have yet to score any.

In the Varsity game, it was another defensive battle by both teams. The game was scoreless until just under nine minutes remaining in regulation when Luke McClean would run it in, from about 3 yards out giving the Broncos the lead 6-0. Kicker Christian Morales would make good on the point after and the Broncos led 7-0.

 

 

With just over six minutes remaining in the game, Lions Dante Reviglio would recover on a Broncos offensive turnover and rush it in. The point after attempt was good and the game would end in regulation tied at 7.

That set up overtime. Neither team was able to score in the first two overtimes and led to overtime number three. The Broncos would have the ball, first, with an opportunity to score from 25 yards out. However, the Lions defense was stubborn and held the Broncos scoreless, in overtime.

The Lions were able to work their way towards the end zone and Running Back Steven Keats would get the game winning score rushing it in from about 4 yards out.

Coach Arnie Palu said “ Another outstanding defensive effort, but Yerington managed a defensive score of their own in the 4th quarter to force overtime. We played 3 overtimes with the Lions breaking through for the win. I’m proud of my kids effort.”

Luke McClean would lead the Broncos with 60 yards rushing and Wesley Pettet contributed 56 yards. McClean also led the Broncos with 65 yards through the air and Clay Omohundro had 13 yards.

 

Wesley Pettet, also, led the Broncos with 12 tackles and Senior Patrick Flanigan had one sack on the night.

The Broncos will have a bye this week and get ready to host Rim Of The World on Friday, September 7th.

Bronco Football Teams Victorious in Home Opener

Both the Bronco Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams hosted their first home games of the 2018 football season on Friday against Ontario Christian.

In the Junior Varsity game it was all Bishop as the Broncos would dominate the game and shutting out Ontario Christian Knights 26-0.

The Bishop JV’s were led on the ground by Freshman Luis Cruz who would carry the ball 5 times for a total of 79 yards and one touchdown, one fumble return for a touchdown and one punt return for a touchdown. Sophomore Jordan Cooper carried 15 time for 53 yards and one touchdown.

The Varsity game was a hard fought defensive battle. The Broncos switched Junior Luke McClean and Sophomore Clay Omohundro at quarterback throughout the game keeping the Ontario Christian Knights on their heels. Omohundro was 4 for 9 for 27 yards and McClean was 2 for 2 for 2 yards.

McClean led the Broncos on the ground with 17 carries for 129 yards, followed by Steven Paco carries 5 time for 24 yards.

Both teams had opportunities, early in the game, to score but defenses were able to hold. Ontario Christian would go for a field goal attempt in the first half, but, the Broncos blocked the attempt.

The only score of the game came with 9:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Luke McClean would run the ball in from 11 yards out on a quarterback keeper.

The point after attempt was no good.

The Broncos will now host the Yerington Lions this Friday evening. Junior Varsity game is at 4 with the Varsity Game at 7. Pre-game air time on 1230 AM KBOV will be at 6:50.

BRONCO FOOTBALL HOME OPENER!

The Bishop Broncos host Boron, tonight, for their home opener at John Schwab Field. There is no JV game. Kick-off is set for 7pm and all the action can be heard on 1230AM KBOV, with Deston Rogers and Rock Baker.

Out of the area? Listen online at http://www.kibskbov.com

The Broncos come into the game 1-0 after winning at Yerington on August 25th!

Here is a list of the remainng scheduled games to be aired on KBOV 1230 AM:

September 8th: @ home vs. Boron
September 15th: @ Ontario Christian
September 22nd: @ home vs. Silver Valley
September 29th: @ home vs. Yosemite
October 6th: @ home vs. Kern Valley
October 13th: @ Rosamond*
October 20th: @ Vasquez*
October 27th @ Cal City*

Nov 3rd: @ Kennedy High School (Delano)

 

*Denotes HDL Games*
**Games subject to change**

FOOTBAL CAMP

Sponsored by City of Bishop

Posted by Seth Conners

The City of Bishop is sponsoring a Bishop Union High School Football Camp! BUHS JV coaching staff will teach the fundamentals and skills of football to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This will be a no helmets, no pads, and no contact camp. The camp will be April 14th-17th; from 3pm to 5pm, cost is $20 per participant. Register through April 10th at Bishop City Hall. Pre-registration is required.
All funds will support the Bishop Union High School Football Program. For more information call BUHS Varsity Football Coach Arnie Palu at (760) 937-4929, be sure to leave a message.