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Bishop Union Win Third CIF Championship in School History

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Defense wins championships. However cliché it sounds, the Bishop Bronco’s defense is what won them the championship against the Orosi Cardinals on Saturday night.

Midway through the first quarter, the Broncos forced their first turnover of the game, when Jaydan Braithwaite stole Orosi Quarterback, Evan Lara’s screen pass, which was intended for star running back, Dominic Martinez inside the red zone. Braithwaite knew the ball was going to be thrown to Martinez before Lara could even react.

Later on, Orosi had another opportunity to score inside the red zone. Lara tried to throw a ball off of his back foot. The wayward throw was intercepted in the middle of the field by Darren Dondero, who recorded his fourth interception of the season.

Right before halftime, it appeared as though Orosi would score some much needed points trailing 13-0. Dominic Martinez received the hand off, shifted to the left and headed toward the goal line. That’s when a host of Bronco defenders stormed toward Martinez, who was on the one yard line and fumbled before scoring.

The ball looked like it had a mind of its own, inexplicably shooting out of the hands of the junior tailback toward the touchdown marker as defenders closed in on Martinez. The officials determined the Orosi Cardinal did not cross the goal line, therefore the Broncos would take possession on their 20 yard line.

Later on in the game, Lara would fumble the ball for the team’s fourth turnover on the night near midfield.

Turnovers weren’t the only facet of the game in which Ricky Beal’s defense thrived. Sophomore, Kennedy Bachelder led the team with ten tackles and two sacks. Cornerback, Joe Weaver had five pass breakups along with two tackles, and Tristan Valle recorded seven tackles and one sack.

Although Bishop’s defense is it’s strength, the Broncos offense isn’t too shabby either. Led by Luke McClean and Steven Paco, James Ferrell’s offense has scored fifty-five total touchdowns this season. Five of those touchdowns were scored in the championship.

Going into the second quarter, the game was tied 0-0. Steven Paco turned the tide in favor of Bishop with a one yard scamper into the end zone, making it 7-0. The first score of the game was Paco’s 14th rushing touchdown of the year.

Later on in the second quarter, Luke McClean found Johnny Torres, affectionately known now as “Johnny Playoffs” for his stellar performances in the post season for a twenty yard reception, which put the Broncos at the one yard line. McClean finished off the drive with a one yard rushing touchdown.

With 10:30 to go in the third quarter, McClean hooked up with the player of the game, Joe Weaver for a twenty yard touchdown pass over the middle. Bishop converted the two-point attempt to give them a three score lead against Orosi.

Luke McClean would get his second touchdown of the game when he kept the ball for a three yard touchdown right before the fourth quarter began. The rush was the star quarterback’s eighteenth touchdown on the ground this season.

Bishop’s offense would finish off the night with a twenty yard sweep to “Johnny Playoffs.” Torres went in motion from the right side, took the ball up the left, and blew past the Cardinal defenders. The game would finish 34-7.

The CIF title is the first for Head Coach, Arnie Palu and the third in school history. The team’s last championship came in 2010. Before that, Bishop had to wait fifty-three years to see a title, which happened in 1957.

Bishop Win a Thriller to Advance to the CIF Championship Game

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Resilience is a word that comes to mind when describing Bishop’s effort Friday night.

The first half belonged to the Cardinals. Lindsay controlled the tempo on their first possession, with a methodical march down the field that lasted nearly seven minutes. Star running back, Danny Trujillo, who came into the game with more than 2,100 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns, was dragging Bishop’s front seven forward on what appeared to be nearly every play.

Nearly every time the standout halfback was hit, he would fall forward, or break a tackle, until Lindsay found themselves on Bishop’s doorstep. Lindsay scored on a one yard run, but it was Danny’s brother, Israel who punched it in.

Down 7-0, the Broncos quickly responded. Lindsay put all of their eggs into one basket by trying to stop the run the subsequent drive. With 2:40 to go in the first quarter, Luke McClean threw a strike down the middle of the field to Jaydan Braithwaite for a 55 yard touchdown.

After tying the game up at seven a piece, Bishop didn’t do much else in the first half. The Trujillo brothers were running rampant on the Bronco’s front seven. It seemed like every time a linebacker or defensive lineman had a good angle for a tackle, the Trujillo brothers were able to slip by the defense.The ground and pound formula paid dividends yet again for Lindsay, when Danny Trujillo scored a six yard touchdown to make it 16-7 Cardinals. Bishop looked tired, beaten, and battered.

Bishop got the ball to start the second half. The waters did not calm for the Broncos during the first drive. Star quarterback, Luke McClean threw an interception on the near sideline, giving the ball back to the Cardinals in Bishop territory. The interception could have been the moment where head coach, Arnie Palu’s team folded, but it wasn’t.

Instead, the turnover was a moment which appeared to galvanize the team. Bishop forced a three and out after the turnover, and for the rest of the game defensive coordinator, Rick Beall had his defense dialed in.

Those Grand Canyon sized holes Danny Trujillo was running through in the first half turned into narrow crevices. All of those missed tackles in the first half were a thing of the past. The Broncos were able to get to Trujillo before he had any steam and nullified most of his rushing attempts.

The offense followed the defense’s example, playing inspired football. In the third quarter, the Luke McClean found wide receiver, Johnny Torres for a thirty yard touchdown to pull within two.

In the fourth and final quarter, McClean went back to Torres, who was wide open for a fifteen yard touchdown. The crowd erupted as Bishop had finally taken the lead. McClean then scored the two-point conversion on a direct snap. Bishop were up 22-16.

After the score, it was time for the Bronco defense to hold the line. On a crucial third down, Sophomore, Kennedy Bachelder sacked quarterback, Randon Gomez resulting in a fourth down and long for Lindsay. The Cardinals were bailed out on what would have been Lindsay’s final play, when Sophomore, Luis Cruz got called for pass interference.

With about two minutes left in the game, Gomez threw up a prayer with hopes of trying to convert a first down. That prayer was not answered. The ball was thrown near Steven Paco, who came up with the game-winning interception.

The final score in this one was 22-16. Bishop will now match up against Orosi in the CIF Championship Game for Division Six.

Bishop Advance to the D-6 CIF CS Semifinals

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The Bishop Broncos have advanced to the semi finals of the CIF Central Section playoffs after knocking out the eight-seeded Foothill Trojans.

Early in the first quarter Junior running back, Steven Paco snapped his two game scoreless skid when he ran in the ball from inside the five yard line.

The play was set up by Luke McClean, who passed the ball to Jon Torres for a gain of forty yards. Two plays later, Jaydan Braithwaite tried to score off of a sweep, which Foothill were able to stop after a fourteen yard gain. The prior play set up Paco’s easy touchdown making it 7-0 in favor of Bishop.

Foothill quickly answered back thanks to the impressive running of Bryan “Pony” Diaz. The senior ran the ball up the middle three times in a row, putting the Trojans inside Bronco territory. Diaz’s next run was quite impressive. “Pony” took the ball up the middle, then cut outside until he was finally dragged down at the one yard line thanks to a Luke McClean tackle. Foothill’s running back gained thirty yards on the play, setting up a one yard score from Diaz.

Late in the first quarter, McClean’s number was called on a direct snap. Bishop’s most dynamic weapon was able to run the ball in from twelve yards away to put Bishop ahead 13-0. Kicker, Dan Sudki was unable to tack on the point.

With a minute left in the second quarter, Bishop relied on McClean to get into the endzone yet again. McClean got the ball off of another direct snap and scored easily thanks to some solid blocking up front. Bishop now led the game 20-7 going into halftime.

Perhaps one of the best plays of the game occurred in early in the third quarter. With 9:46 to go in the quarter, Luke McClean was flushed out to his right side. Three defensive lineman were pursuing Bishop’s quarterback. While trying to escape, McClean was able to blow past the defenders and dive past the goal line for the score. The Broncos went up 27-7.

Bishop’s lead would be tested with eleven minutes left in the game, when McClean tried to find a receiver on a slant route and threw an interception to Foothill linebacker, Jeff Cuevas. The Trojan returned the ball for a pick-six, which cut into the Broncos lead twenty point lead.

The Broncos were then able to ice the game thanks to a Joe Weaver touchdown reception. McClean had three receivers to his left and Weaver to his right. At first, it appeared as though McClean was going to throw to the left side, however, at the last second he looked right and found Weaver, delivering the killing blow.

Bishop are now in the semifinals, and will be playing the Lindsay Cardinals on Friday 6:00 pm.

Bishop Advance to the Second Round of CIF CS

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The Broncos advanced to the second round of the CIF Central Section Division Six playoffs Friday, beating Boron 13-0.

This was not the same game that took place just three weeks ago in which the High Desert League Champions won 56-6. Boron were better prepared for Bishop this time, and did a good job containing the team’s dangerous rushing attack.

On Friday, Bishop had 178 total yards rushing with one touchdown, compared to the 307 yards and six touchdowns the Bobcats surrendered back in late October.

Nearly two quarters in, the game remained scoreless until Luke McClean punched in a touchdown on a run up the middle inside Boron’s five yard-line with a minute left before the half. The easy score was set up by a beautiful pass from Luke McClean to Steven Paco which was caught for thirty yards and put Bishop deep into enemy territory .

Later on in the game, McClean demonstrated his ability to throw yet again, when he found team receiving leader, Joe Weaver on a pass up the middle for fifty-two yards, making it 13-0 in favor of Bishop. The Junior finished the game with three receptions for ninety-five yards and one touchdown.

The senior quarterback would finish the night with 180 yards passing and one touchdown.

Bishop’s defense had another outstanding performance, shutting out their opponent for the second straight game. Kennedy Bachelder led the unit in tackles with a total of ten along with seven tackle-assists, while the defensive line plugged up Boron’s running lanes.

The Bobcats were able to get ninety yards on the ground on thirty-nine attempts. Tristan Valle led the defensive line in tackles with six. Three of his tackles were tackles for a loss.

Up next for Bishop is a match-up against the Foothill Trojans, who are the number eight seed in the playoffs.

Bishop Win Defensive Battle to Claim First League Title Since 2012

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It wasn’t easy, but the Bishop Broncos got revenge on the California City Ravens. The game was a rematch of last year’s High Desert Championship which finished 28-14 in favor of the Ravens. Big plays were rampant in that game, however, this year that was not the case.

Both teams found themselves in a defensive slug-fest with just seven measly points scored between the two highest scoring teams in the league.

Although there may not have been much that happened offensively, that does not mean it wasn’t an entertaining game. Neither team was giving an inch defensively, with the opening first down coming late in the first quarter.

Just like last year, Cal City dared the Broncos to throw the ball. Stacking the box proved to be effective against Bishop early on. Standout running back, Steven Paco along with quarterback, Luke McClean discovered that there were no lanes to run through.

Midway into the second quarter, the deadlock was broken after Cal City had to punt from deep in their own territory. The kick was a poor one, which went high in the sky, but just ten yards. The Broncos took over at the Ravens twenty-five yard line. After having good starting position, Bishop were still having trouble moving the ball. Things got even worse for Arnie Palu’s team, when a penalty moved the chains back to put them twenty yards away from the sticks.

However, McClean proved to the Ravens that he could throw the ball when he threw a 25 yards pass on the near sideline to Junior wide receiver, Joe Weaver who snagged the fifty-fifty pass out of the air to get Bishop inside the five. Two plays later McClean punched it in for the three yard score, which made it 7-0 after the Dan Sudki .

Going into the second half, Bishop relied heavily on their stout defense to win the game. Defensive coordinator, Rick Beall had his side prepared for anything the Ravens had to offer. The Ravens offense amassed just sixty-nine yards of total offense. California City quarterback, Jeremiah Neal who came into the game with ten passing touchdowns and 1,270 yards threw for negative-six yards on the day.

Bishop kept High Desert League receiving-leader, Kwamain Ross in check as well. Ross had just three catches and negative yardage on the day.

Defensively, the Broncos finished with one sack, fifty-eight tackles, nine tackles for a loss, and one interception.

Perhaps the best play the defensive unit made was to end the game, when Neal fired a ball twenty yards down the middle of the field to Marquis Mackenzie. However, the ball did not reach it’s target, as Luke McClean was able to intercept the ball with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

With the victory, Palu’s team has clinched the number one overall seed for the CIF Central Section Division Six playoffs. Bishop will be squaring off against Boron for the second time this year in the first round of playoffs on Friday.

VARSITY BRONCO FOOTBALL LETS LOOSE ON BORON

Bishop High School Homecoming 2019…..

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Story by Arnie Palu

 

We played a complete game in our homecoming win over Boron.

Senior Luke McClean accounted for 6 touchdowns, rushing for 4 scores and throwing 2 touchdown passes. Luke went over 100 yards passing and rushing. Luke was named our offensive player of the game.

Steven Paco keyed the rushing attack that rolled up over 300 yards on the night. Paco ran for 125-yards and a touchdown.

Joe Weaver caught a touchdown and ran in a score. Defensively Kennedy Batchelder made a team high 9 solo tackles and played great on the offensive line earning the overall player of the game award. Jaydan Braithwaite picked off two passes and made 5 solo tackles including a tackle for a loss. JB was named defensive player of the game.

Zach Mojarro came up from the JV team and played great on special teams. Mojarro was named our special teams player of the game. Every Bronco got playing time including the JV players who moved up this week. A big credit to Coach Rich Miears and the JV staff for doing a great job developing their athletes.

I would also like thank my varsity staff for their efforts. Defensive coordinator Rick Beall, linebacker/defensive line coach Chris Matteson, and defensive backs coach Carl Olson are doing a great job of preparing our kids to play. Offensive coordinator James Ferrell and quarterbacks coach/special teams coordinator Jake Evangelist continue to do great work.

This week we travel to California City for the High Desert League Championship game. Both teams are 4-0 in HDL play. The winner has the inside track to the #1 seed in the CIF central section division 6 playoffs. After two weeks off, the JV are expected to have a game with California City. Thanks for the coverage and have a great week. Coach Palu

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.

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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!