Bishop England’s big plays bring win over Porter-Gaud

  • Monday, September 16, 2013

Bishop England quarterback Reed Fosberry cuts up field during the Battling Bishops’ 33-14 win at Porter-Gaud this past Friday night. Senior linebacker Mitchell Bluford (40) tries to make a tackle from behind. Fosberry finished with 51 yards on nine carries, including one touchdown. COURTESY OF BE SPORTS FLICKR

Despite packed stands and spectators lined around the fence, the Bishop England football team took away Porter-Gaud’s home advantage this past Friday night with several big scoring drives in the rivalry game referred to as “The Holy War.”

Junior linebacker Lawton Fosberry returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one for 100 yards, as the Battling Bishops (1-2) beat the Cylcones, 33-14.

Senior tailback Nick Shiver was also no stranger to big plays. He scored the game’s first touchdown on a 74-yard run and then sealed the victory with a fourth quarter scoring scamper of 37 yards.

“We have to be able to run the ball even if they put eight people in the box,” Bishop England coach John Cantey said afterward.

Porter-Gaud sophomore quarterback Steven Duncan completed 17 of 39 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown but threw four interceptions – split evenly by the Fosberry brothers.

The oldest brother of the pair, Reed, is getting the majority of quarterback snaps now for the Battling Bishops. Cantey first named fellow senior Jack Wilson as the starter but is now leaning toward playing Reed more because of his playmaking abilities.

Fosberry plays defensive back, as well, so he is unable to be both a full-time quarterback and safety. “We’re just focusing on us,” Cantey said. “That’s what we have to do for the rest of the year. We probably made a positive step tonight, but it wasn’t as big of a positive step as I thought we would.”

For the Cylones, wide receiver Foster Moe had 10 catches for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns – one on a 24-yard catch and another on a 1-yard pitch from Duncan at the goal line. Cantey praised the play of Porter-Gaud senior lineman Phillips Marshall, who gave the Bishops blocking problems.

Porter-Gaud was without sophomore running back Allen Walters, who tore his ACL, MCL and PCL earlier this season, according to his Twitter account.

Bishop England senior linebacker Richard Mahon collected six solo tackles, three assists, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

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