By Phil Dailey
The 2010 state championship is in the rearview mirror for The Bishop’s School. So much so that head football coach Joel Allen has not even talked about the subject during the team’s practices this preseason.
“It’s one of those things that you’ll never forget,” Allen said. “A lot of these kids were not even a part of it. Two thousand ten is over and if you look back at the books, they will tell you what happened.”
But don’t expect the Knights to drop off from their winning ways with a core of seniors who should be able to continue to be successful for Allen.
It all starts with senior Joey Moreno at quarterback, who is back for another season as the team’s signal-caller.
“Anytime you get your quarterback back, there is a calmness that he brings,” Allen said.
The team also boast a future Division I player in Dominique Love, who according to Scout.com, holds an offer to play cornerback at Colorado.
Love will be joined by fellow seniors on defense in Cole Simons, Greg Chism and Mark Cedrick.
For the most part, however, Allen thinks this team will have a different feel than last years with many juniors and sophomores stepping up to fill in at the skill positions that were vacated because of graduation.
“What will be different this year will be trying to figure out who the guys are gonna be that will end up being your playmakers,” Allen said. “What we are is just different. It may take us a couple weeks to figure out who is going to make the plays.”
Though it may be hard to repeat the successes of last year’s magical state title run, the Knights will be one of the teams to beat in the Division V CIF playoffs come November.
“If we stay healthy and continue like last year to get better each week, each day,” Allen said, “we will once again be a competitive team.”
2011 Bishop’s Schedule
Friday, Sept. 2 vs. View Park Prep (Los Angeles)
Friday, Sept. 16 at Monte Vista
Friday, Sept. 16 vs. Village Christian (Sun Valley)
Saturday, Oct. 1 at Sage Hill (Newport Beach)
Friday, Oct. 7 at Bishop Union (Bishop)
Friday, Oct. 14 vs. Santa Fe Christian
Friday, Oct. 21 at Francis Parker
Saturday, Oct. 28 at La Jolla Country Day
Saturday, Nov. 5 vs. Horizon
Friday, Nov. 11 at Christian (Granite Hills High)
Joey Moreno, sr., QB/S
Dominique Love, sr. WR/CB
Cole Simons, sr., LB/FB
Greg Chism, sr., C/DL
Mark Chedrick, sr., WR/S
14-0 overall, 4-0 in Coastal League
CIF Division V champions
CIF Division IV state champions