Bishop England stifles Andrews in second round playoff victory

  • Monday, November 18, 2013

Sophomore fullback John DeStefano tries to advance the ball on the ground during No. 2 seed Bishop England’s 30-0 win over No. 7 Andrews. PHOTO COURTESY OF BE SPORTS FLICKR

The Bishop England football team cruised past visiting Andrews, 30-0, this past Friday night in the second round of the 2A Division II playoffs.

The Battling Bishops were one of the top eight teams in the postseason bracket to earn a bye for the opening round but showed no signs of rust in shutting out Andrews.

Bishop England’s defensive efforts have gone somewhat unnoticed this year. The Bishops (9-2) are allowing 13.1 points this season, but they’re even better than that. Because all of their nine wins have been by 17 points or more, there have been plenty of games when Bishops starters don’t return to the field after halftime.

Of the 144 total points allowed by Bishop England, only 62 have occurred in the first half and a third of that total (48 points) has been surrendered in the fourth quarter when games are often out of hand.

Against Andrews (7-5), the Bishop England offense sputtered, scoring 10 points through the first three quarters. But, Andrews, which managed only 200 total yards on Friday, turned the ball over four times (two interceptions and two fumbles).

Bishop England linebacker Lawton Fosberry collected seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Boo Baird added five tackles and the other interception, and Hudson Little had six tackles, including a game-high five for losses.

Senior running back Nick Shiver scored his second and third touchdowns of the night in the fourth quarter off 12- and 15-yard runs. Backup tailback Boo Baird added a goal-line score late to provide the final 30-0 advantage.

In the first quarter, senior kicker Matthew Mellin booted a 28-yard field goal, and in the second period, Shiver caught a short pass up the middle from quarterback Reed Fosberry and took it 51 yards to the end zone.

Andrews held Bishop England to its second-lowest offensive production of the season, as the Bishops only tallied 242 total yards. No Bishop England player gained more than 50 rushing yards, which was a first this season.

With the win, the Bishops advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2A Division II state playoffs against No. 3 seed Bamberg-Ehrhardt (6-5).

The Red Raiders began its season 0-3, including a 36-27 loss at Woodland -- a region opponent of Bishop England’s that the No. 2 seed Bishops defeated 35-7.

The only other common opponent between state quarterfinal foes is Garrett. Bamberg-Ehrhardt crushed Garrett this past Friday, 43-0. On Oct. 18, Bishop England cruised past Garrett, 59-26.

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