The Bishop Broncos varsity basketball team advanced to the CIF quarterfinals with a win over Delano’s Kennedy High on Wednesday night. Final score…Bishop 60 … Kennedy 58. They’ll now host Kingsburg on Friday, February 24th. Tipoff for the game is at 7pm at Bishop’s Gus Klekas Gymnasium. The Broncos are now 20-4 on the year.
Maybe it was the energizing long bus ride. Maybe Coach Palu has found something for these kids to rally on. Either way, the Bishop Bronco’s traveled to the “other side of the mountain” and put a Central Cal team in their place last Thursday night.
Forget common opponents, means nothing. All the Broncos have to do is get on the bus, drive for hours and beat a team that we have no experience with. Sounds easy enough right?
When the dust settled, the Bronco’s got back on that energizing bus with a big win over Caruthers 49-16.
Senior leader and QB Ryan Graves played out of his mind. Ryan likes long bus rides. Passing, Graves went 8 for 9 with 176 yards. And when Graves wasn’t passing the ball, he was shredding the Caruthers defense for 170 yards and 3 TD’s on the ground.
Izaak Morganstein is playing his last season too. He’s logged a few miles on a bus. Bring it on! Izaak caught 143 yards worth of real estate with 2 TD’s.
#18 Arturo Lemus is fun to watch. And we get to watch him for a couple more years. Lemus is a Sophomore. Lemus ran for a TD, and on “D” he had an interception and 9 total tackles.
The Bronco defense deserves credit. They’ve played through diversity. They play tough,Bronco defense like the good ole days. Double digit tackles in this playoff game goes to Mike Molina(12) and Lorenzo Parra (11). We shall call them Horses.
With the Bronco’s ranking of 11th, we will get back on that energizing bus, we will wave to Caruthers as we pass that school on Highway 99 and head to Firebaugh. Common opponents ? Who cares, just keep the bus rolling.
Bishop’s JV team wins. That’s what they do all year long. This victory was tight. With the score knotted at ZERO-ZERO going into the 4th quarter, Wesley Pettet changes the score and the outcome of the game with a rushing TD AND the 2 point conversion. Bishop wins 8-0 !!
A defensive game requires defensive pictures.
Tian DeBeaupre with 2 of his tackles in the backfield for losses.
Cal City scored first, Cal City scored last, but the game was won by the Bishop Broncos. Besides a very sluggish 4th quarter by the Broncos which let Cal City drop 20 points on them, the Bishop boys prevailed by a final score of 34-28. Cal City came out of the blocks firing and scoring on their first drive of the game. With an 8-0 lead within the first 5 minutes, this was the only time they would see the end zone until the 4th quarter. Then QB Ryan Graves and company took over.
The offensive game was going great with a score of 21-8 Broncos at halftime.
Defense has been solid all year. With Lorenzo Parra out from injury the “D” stepped up to keep the Ravens out of the end zone through the third quarter.
The Bronco JV team did not have to go through what the Varsity team did with the on-sides kicks. Just once, on the opening kick off…. If you can keep the opponent from scoring, they have no chance to on-side kick ! So that’s what the JV’s did, shutting out the Desert Scorpions 32-0.
Luke McClean continues to lead the offense, putting up points quickly and often. Luke had 8 completions for 84 yards a 1 TD pass.
Luke also ran for 2 scores with 75 yards rushing.
Wesley Pettet carried the ball 9 times for 50 yards with 1 Touchdown.
Tian DeBeaupre played a solid game for the JV’s with 67 all purpose yards and one spectacular interception as seen in the 3 photos below.
Another fine effort by the Bronco JV team with the win over the Desert Scorpions.
Honestly, Desert did things weird. They did things different. They do not punt , and when they did….it was a failure. They do not kick off, they try on-sides kicks every time. Weird !!! But it worked for them this time. Giving the Broncos great field position all night with their failed on-sides kicks, the Bishop Broncos just did not take advantage of the field position. The rare times Desert converted their on-sides kicks, they would march down the field and score. And score they did, with a final score of 54-36.
Some pictures from the game…
Without making excuses, the Broncos were banged up with some key players out. With Lorenzo Parra going out early, the Bronco defense was missing another key link.
Bishop was held to just 110 yards rushing for the night by a stingy Desert defense. Senior Ryan Graves was 10 for 20 passing with 2 TDs passes and 2 rushing TD’s.
We are at home next Friday Night against Cal City… Come on out and support the Bishop Broncos.
By Gary Young and his Beautiful Reporter Rochelle Young.
It was all about the Senior class of 2017 when the final whistle blew on an exciting night of Football for the ladies. Who said Football is a man’s sport? These Juniors and Seniors might be friends off the Gridiron but when this game started, the friendship’s ended.
The Seniors scored first with a great run from tailback Kali Barrett.
The 2 point conversion failed so it was 6-0 Seniors. The feisty Juniors came right back with a score of their own and then junior Sara Voss kicked the extra point which gave the Juniors the halftime lead of 7-6.
Personal stats were not available at press time but Sara Voss was in BEASTMODE for the Juniors the entire game.
When the dust settled (and a phantom whistle being blown by a ref taking away a Junior touchdown) The Senior class prevailed with a final score of 12-7.
The loss to KV is ancient history. The Rosamond Roadrunners came to town and the Bronco JV squad sent them packing. Led by Freshman QB Luke McClean, the Broncos were victorious by a final score of 42-24.
McClean passed for 84 yards and ran for 147 yards with two scores.
Jayden Braithwaite carried the ball 6 times for 48 yards with one score.
Other Broncos putting points on the board were Jon Torres with a rushing TD and Wesley Pettet had two rushing touchdowns.
Yosemite preserved a Homecoming victory over the Broncos with a thrilling 28-21 overtime win in front of a huge crowd in Oakhurst Ca. Yosemite Running back #22 Johnny Varian providing a good portion of the Badgers offensive output in the game.
Bronco QB Ryan Graves had a great game throwing for 194 yards with 2 TD passes and rushing for 36 yards with 1 rushing TD.
Bronco Back Sean Brown played a great game on both offense and defense. Brown rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries, and had 5 solo tackles with 8 assists on “D”
With Injuries to Izaak Morganstein and Mario Velasco in the first half, the Broncos relied on Hunter Waasdorp, Arturo Lemus and Allan Torres to handle the receiving duties and all three players stepped up to the challenge. Waasdorp caught 5 passes for 54 yards and 1 TD. Lemus grabbed a couple receptions for 28 yards total and Torres had 3 catches for 30 yards.
The Bronco defense shined throughout the game but ultimately fell to the Badgers in Overtime 28-21. Next up Broncos travel to Kern Valley on Friday night, October 7th.