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Bishop Fall Short in State Championship

The ride was fun while it lasted. In the final game of the season, Bishop ended up losing 37-19 to the CIF Northern Coast Division 7 Champion Selesian Pride. The loss is the first for the Broncos since the third game of the season against Rim of the World.

One thing was quite apparent while watching the 6-A California State Championship on Saturday. Salesian were fast and strong. They were perhaps fastest and strongest team Bishop had faced all season.

Speaking of that speed, it was on display during the Pride’s first drive. Quarterback, Ronald Robertson efficiently marched his team all the way down to the one yard line. That’s when Salesian’s strength was demonstrated. Bishop did a solid job of stopping the first two Salesian attempts in the red zone. However, the third time was the charm as Salesian scored off of a 1 yard sweep to Running Back, Kareem Sullivan.

Later on in the first quarter, Bishop responded with a touchdown of their own. Quarterback, Luke McClean marched his offense all the way inside Salesian’s five yard-line. McClean called his own number and scored on a keeper. The PAT was missed by Dan Sudki. The Broncos trailed 7-6.

Midway into the second quarter, Salesian added to their lead. The Pride were running an overload offense the entire drive leading up to the score. That’s when the team from Richmond decided to throw the ball in a traditionally run-based formation. Robertson found standout wide-out, Kailan Chang over the middle of the field for a 30 yard touchdown. Bishop trailed 14-6.

Shortly after the touchdown, Salesian got the ball back and marched deep into Bronco territory. It appeared as though the Pride were going to score again; that’s when Kennedy Bachelder came up with a huge interception. Robertson, who was facing pressure threw it right to the young sophomore. The ball was spotted at the 2 yard-line.

Unfortunately for Bishop, the momentum from the turnover was short lived. That speed and power mentioned earlier was on display, when UC Davis commit, Princeton Toki tackled McClean for a safety. Bishop would go into the half trailing 16-6.

Bishop had possession to start the final half of their season. After a nice run up the middle to start the drive by Steven Paco, the Broncos turned the ball over resulting in the second fumble of the game. Unfortunately, McClean was pressured on a run up the middle and lost the ball.

Robertson subsequently found Chang for another receiving touchdown making it 22-6 Salesian.

The 22 points given up by the third quarter were the most points Bishop had surrendered since the game against Rim of the World in mid September.

Instead of folding, the Broncos demonstrated that resilience, which has served them so well throughout the entirety of the year. Running back, Steven Paco got Bishop within nine points when he scored off of a 15 yard sweep. Paco, who grew up playing as a slot receiver but switched to running back his sophomore year got the ball from the slot for the touchdown.

Salesian scored yet again in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Robertson hooked up with Chang for the third time on the day. The Pride converted the two point try, which made the score 30-13.

Luke McClean scored a few moments later off of another quarterback keeper, but it was a little bit too late for Bishop pull off a comeback.

Bishop finish their season with a 12-3 record, which is the best year Arnie Palu has had as a coach. The team finished as the CIF Central Section Champions for Division 6. Bishop will miss key contributors such as Luke McClean, Tristan Valle, Jaydan Braithwaite, and Joey Molina next year. However, the cupboard is not empty. Returning players include Kennedy Bachelder, Steven Paco, Joe Weaver, Clay Omohundro and Trevin Moose.

Bishop Youth @ Boron

Bishop Youth Football competes at Boron

Bishop Youth Football’s Division 1 and 3 teams notched wins this weekend at Boron.


Submitted by Coach Nate Morgenstein
Broncos (36) vs Boron Wildcats (13)
Broncos traveled to Boron Saturday, September 26th and defeated the Wildcats 36-13.  Coach Morgenstein would like to honor the Lineman on both sides of the ball with the Most Valuable Performances as they opened up the holes to run through, the time to pass with and on defense, the wildcats could not move the ball until the Mercy Rule was activated (pulling the entire starting team).
Notable performances by:
Tristan Valle #53
Joey Molina #55
Justin Brooks #21
Jason Van Meter #70
Cole Smith #98
Trevin Moose #56
#55 Joey Molina, #53 Tristan Valle, #21 Justin Brooks. photo provided by coach Morgenstein

Valle and Brooks both had QB sacks and TD blocks as well did Van Meter.

Manny Talavera was MVP runner up as he scored a long TD run and made 2 of 3 PAT kicks, while  also scoring on a Point After run- Manny also had 2 crucial TD saving tackles late in the game, Rushing TD, 2 two point kicks, 1 one point run & 5+ tackles.
Jaydan Braithwaite scored a TD and also had a great game on defense stuffing the outside run time and time again. 1 Rushing TD.
Wes Pettet had another stellar game with double digit incredible tackles & scored a TD on a long run. 1 Rushing TD.
Luke McClean scored twice – 2 TDs, one receiving and one rushing- Luke also racked up multiple key tackles.
Clay Omohundro threw another TD pass to Luke McClean.  1 TD pass.
Steven Paco had a fantastic showing wwith a couple of long runs using good vision and a late interception and run nearly scoring a TD. 1 INT
The entire team had a great showing displaying exceptional attitudes, team work and effort.
photo provided by coach Morgenstein


Submitted by Coach Jim Reynolds
final score  26 – 0 .
The Bishop Youth Football Divison 1 team improves to 4-0 with a 26-0 shutout win at Boron.  The Youth Broncos now travel to Big Bear this weekend.
Individual Statistics
Michael Spratt,  1 carry for 3 yds  1 assisted tackle.
Preston Pool-Harjo,  extra point run for 3 yards  5 assists  1 solo tackle.
Carlos Sualez Jr,  1 carry for 4 yards  2 assists 2 solo tackles.
Cherish Dixon,   2 assisted tackles.
Levi Williams,  1 carry for 10 yards 7 assists.
Damon Terrazas, 3 carries for 53 yards,  a extra point and a touch down  1 solo tackle.
Darrick Cortez,  1 carry for 5 yards and 3 assisted tackles.
Ishia Lee,   4 assists and 1 solo tackle,  1 carry for 1 yard.
Vinney Begay,  5 assists,  2 solo tackles,  2 carries for 15 yards and a qb sack.
Richie Talavera,  5 assists  and  1 solo tackle, 1 carry for 20 yards.
Justin Pettet,  1 carry for 3 yards,  1 assist  5 solo tackles.
David Smith,  2 assisted tackles, 2 carries for 6 yards.
Carlie Lewis,  3 assisted tackles,  2 carries for 15 yards.
Chucky Delgado,  3 assisted tackles and 1 carry for 4 yards.
Marcus Kinney,  2 assisted tackles and fumble recovery touch downs.
Elijah Reynolds,   7 assists  3 solo tackles,  qb sack,   kick off return for 70 yards,   5 carries for 95 yards  3 touch downs.
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