Bronco Football

SENIORS WIN IN POWDER PUFF

A defensive battle was the theme in the 2019 Powder Puff matchup between the Senior girls and the Junior girls.

It was a fun game to watch. I have never seen Football players smile so much on the gridiron !

Talking with Junior coach Clay Omohundro, Clay says ” This coaching thing is going to give me gray hair”!

The funniest play on the night was delivered by the Seniors on their first drive. More like a scrum then a play but it was effective to the tune of about 20 yards.

At the half the Seniors were clinging to a 2-0

The Seniors added to their score in the 3rd quarter with a TD run to make the score 8-0.

That was the final score in this defensive battle, Seniors 8 Juniors 0. Bragging rights to the team in Blue, Congrats Lady Broncos!

 

 

BRONCOS CRUISE TO THE WIN VS ROSAMOND

The Bishop Broncos hit the road this Friday night packing a four-game win streak as they traveled to Rosamond to do battle with Roadrunners.

Head Football coach Arnie Palu and his Mighty Broncos Defense came off the bus looking to impose there will in enemy territory. One of the most impressive things of the night was how the 93514 traveled in force to cheer on their Bishop Broncos to a 28-6 victory on Friday night.

With starting QB Clay Omohundro out for the season after last weeks game, thanks to the overall unsportsmanlike play of Kern Valley, Senior Luck McClean got the start and did not disappoint.

After a scoreless 1st quarter, Steven Paco and his lightning speed would take it to the house on a 45-yard touchdown run that would put the Broncos on the board with a 7-0 lead.

With the momentum meter pegged toward Bishop, Head Coach Arnie Palu’s defensive line would do what they do best, dominate the game.

With Coach Palu’s defensive game plan firmly in place, the Broncos would pin their ear’s back and send the house after the Rosamond punter resulting in a blocked punt and a fumble recovery for Bishop’s 2nd TD of the 1st half and a 14-0 lead.

14 points would be more than enough for the Broncos D, led by big number 77 Tristan Valle’s constant pressure, Eddie Ray’s 8 tackles and Kennedy Batchelder’s 10 tackles to go along with interceptions by Kennedy and Steven Paco. The Broncos defensive line were in the backfield of Rosamond so much, you would have thought they were running backs for the opposing team. The second half would be more of the same, the Roadrunners unsuccessfully attacking Bishop’s D-Line to no avail. The Broncos would tack on 14 more points in the 3rd quarter thanks to over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown run by quarterback Luke McClean.

Fellow speedster Joe Weaver would add a 5 yard TD run to ice the game leading Coach Arnie Palu’s Bishop Broncos to a dominate 28-6 W, extending his teams win streak to 5 games, a 3 and 0 league record, and a sweet 6 and 2 record on this 2019 season.

 

Everyone please, come out and support your Bishop Bronco’s football team as they look to continue their winning ways this Friday night against Boron in the 93514.

Friday Night Lights Victory for the Broncos

Big home win for the Broncos over Burroughs 19-7

Jaydan Braithwaite caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the 4th quarter for a second consecutive year ensuring the Broncos would hold on to the Eastern Sierra Football Classic trophy.

Clay Omohundro connected with Braithwaite on a 82-yard touchdown on the first play after Burroughs took a 7-6 4th quarter lead.

Darren Dondero then intercepted a Burroughs pass setting up Luke McClean’s 35-yard rushing touchdown giving the Broncos a 19-7 lead. Senior Ian Murphy picked off a Burroughs pass to finish off the game. Darren Dondero was named defensive player of the game with a quarterback sack, 6 solo tackles, and the 4th quarter interception.

Luke McClean was the overall player of the game with 93 rushing yards and 85-yards receiving.

Braithwaite was named offensive player of the game with 149-yards receiving. Sophomore Walker Rost-Kruger was named special teams player of the game. Junior Clay Omohundro had a big night completing 14 of 21 pass attempts for 262-yards and two scores. Defensive standouts include Tristan Valle (2 sacks), Kennedy Batchelder ( 2 tackles for a loss), Jordan Lopez (sack), Joe Weaver (6 total tackles), Jaydan Braithwaite (6 solo tackles), Anthony Diaz Campos ( 5 total tackles), Joey Molina (sack, tackle for loss), and Eddie Ray (sack, and a forced fumble).

 

Next up the Broncos travel to Sierra High School, Tollhouse.

Photography by Gary Young

Bishop Look to Rebound Against Desert

The Bishop Broncos are searching for a victory this Friday after a tough loss against an undefeated Rim of the World team. Arnie Palu’s team will square off against the winless Desert Scorpions for their first game of High Desert League Play.

Bishop have played three straight tough opponents to start out the season, including Fernley, Yerington,and Rim of the World. However, Bishop will be facing a much less formidable team in Desert.

If Las Vegas set a betting line for this one, the Broncos would be heavily favored in this match-up.

According to MaxPreps, the Scorpions are ranked twentieth our of twenty-four teams in Division Six. In the team’s last game, they lost 55-0 against Fillmore, who are the fourth ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division Thirteen football, just one spot behind Bishop’s previous opponent, Rim of the World.

As for Coach Palu’s team, they are the fifth ranked team in division six for the CIF Central Section.

Like always, the team will rely heavily on standout quarterback and safety, Luke McClean. The senior is coming off of a game in which he scored a 56 yard touchdown run. He also led the team in tackling last week, with fifteen total tackles.

Other players of note who the Broncos will need to step up in this game include junior quarterback, Clay Omohundro, and linebacker and running back, Wesley Pettet.

Coach Palu has spoken highly of Omohundro in practice, and has praised his work ethic throughout the summer and this young season. Bronco fans are hoping number ten will have a breakout game this Friday, after posting moderate numbers in the first three games. So far, Omohundro has thrown for 195 yards and 1 touchdown while completing thirty-eight percent of his passes. To be fair, Bishop are not a team that airs it out often.

As for Pettet, he has been fantastic defensively, posting the third most tackles on the team with twenty. On the other side of the ball, Pettet has been sharing carries with Steven Paco and Joey Molina, which has not helped him much in the statistics category. The two-way player has thirteen carries for fifty yards and no touchdowns. Expect Pettet to be a guy the team relies on offensively going forward.

Make sure to tune in to 1230 AM KBOV at 7 o’clock on Friday to listen to the game!

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.