Bishop’s advances to CIF football final

By Phil Dailey

Staff Writer

After a perfect 12-game season, The Bishop’s School now gets a chance to avenge last season’s loss in the CIF finals.

In what was only a five-point lead at halftime, the Knights went into overdrive in the second half to topple Christian, 47-21, in the Division V CIF football semifinals.

The win gives them a ticket to the finals next Friday night against Francis Parker at San Diego Mesa College. Parker defeated Horizon in the other semifinal game, 52-28.

The Knights’ game against the Patriots was rematch of the regular season finale less than a month ago — a game that combined for 100 points. On Friday night at La Jolla High, Bishop’s offense was still able to score, but its defense was the key to the win.

“They basically took all the things they hurt us with in the first game and they started off doing that,” Bishop’s head coach Joel Allen said.

But after the first two quarters, Allen and his staff made some adjustments.

“It felt like we fixed some things at halftime,” Allen added. “They were leaving the middle of the field open and we were able to wear some clock down.”

With the narrow 20-15 edge, the Knights took the ball to start the second half and used nearly 8 minutes of clock to march down the field and take a 26-15 lead thanks to a 2-yard TD run by senior Alec Fisher.

“I think we realized the seriousness of the situation so we definitely came out a bit more focused,” said senior Austin Fisher, who ran for two TDs in the second half.

The Knights’ defense got a quick three-and-out on the next possesion and the offense scored again, this time a 5-yard TD pass from Joey Moreno to Micha Seau.

From there, it was all but a formality to play the final quarter as the Knights cruised to the win.

“We came out of the half strong and put it away from there,” Austin Fisher said.

Up next is a rematch of last season’s CIF final, a game the Knights lost 55-20 to Francis Parker.

The Knights did beat the Lancers already this year, 28-14, but it was a team that was not at full strength.

“They got us last year. We got to get ‘em this year,” junior quarterback Joey Moreno said. “Now it’s our turn.”

Kickoff for Friday night’s CIF final is at 7 p.m.