Bishop England football team falters at West Ashley in season opener
The Bishop England at West Ashley football game proved one thing in two different ways: it’s not 2012.
The Battling Bishops have more kinks they need to work out in order to defend their state championship than they did this time last year. And the Wildcats are better than a 1-10 team this season.
West Ashley won 28-6 by capitalizing on untimely Bishop England mistakes. “We didn’t play with as much intensity as we’ve had in the past,” coach John Cantey said. “That’s something we’ve got to work on. We came in flat, and it’s just not characteristic of us.”
The Wildcats used an 18-play opening drive covering 58 yards to do more damage than just the seven points they put up. Bishop England’s offense didn’t have its 18th play until midway through the second quarter. It was a false start penalty on first down during its fifth series.
Bishops quarterback Jack Wilson, named the starter four days before the game, threw an interception in the Wildcats end zone in the second quarter and then later lost a fumble in the Bishops end zone in the third quarter, which was recovered for a touchdown by a swarm of West Ashley defenders.
West Ashley junior quarterback Pedro Manigault rushed for 135 yards. Tailback Cameron Byas added 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “They’re better than we’ve seen of them in the last four years,” Cantey said.
Bishop England tailback and slot receiver Nick Shiver scored the team’s lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard run, which was set up by a West Ashley fumble. Shiver finished with five rushes for 61 yards and a 29-yard reception.
“We’re always going to see people packing in the box on us to stop our run,” Cantey said, adding that the loss of lineman Hudson Little to an early injury was a big blow. “I saw that we were young, and it hurt us...We just couldn’t put something together all the way down the field.”