The Bishop’s Knights celebrated their Senior Night with a huge blowout victory over the Francis Parker Lancers.
From the start of the game, the Knights came out of the gates guns a blazing. Jacob Jackson started off the game with a 60 yard sweep run to get the Knights down inside the red zone. Jeffery Jackson would later find Mozes Mooney on a 7 yard slant for the touchdown. With the missed PAT the score was 6-0.
The Knights would go on to score on their next 7 drives to end the half. With touchdown runs by Amaan Banks, Hasant Moses-Hillman, and Michael Charrette; the Knights would go up 27-0. Cesar Santana, a senior lineman, would rumble into the endzone for a 2 yard score putting the Knights up 34-0. Jackson would find wide receiver Justin Woodley twice before the end of the half with touchdowns of 38 and 4 yards, making the halftime score 48-0 Knights.
The Lancers could not get anything going on offense. The Knights defense held a tight grip and never let go as the Knights gave up an astounding 23 yards in the first half.
The Knights would go on to win this one
The Knights go undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 2014. 2014 was also the year the Knights went 14-0 with a CIF Championship win under their belt that year. This Knights team rolls into the playoffs with momentum. Unfortunately, the Christian Patriots will mostly likely overtake the Knights for the number 1 seed in Division 3 with their victory over Mission Bay.
The Lancers will most likely stay as a 16 seed in the Division 4 rankings, which means the Lancers will miss out on the playoffs since only the top 12 teams in the division go on.
This Saturday the CIF committee and coaches will meet together to decide the playoff seeding. Even though the power rankings do mean a lot, occasionally a team will jump another team in the seedings.
Preview: This week the Bishop’s Knights and the Francis Parker Lancers travel to the La Jolla High School in Coastal League match-up.
Coach Joel Allen has led the Knights to a 9-0(4-0) record this season after beating Orange Glen last week 63 to 14, which has put them as the number 9 team in the county. The last time the Knights started off 9-0 was back in 2014 when they went 14-0 and captured a Division 4 section championship in a wild 19-16 overtime win over Mater Dei Catholic.
Lancers coach John Morrison has had a past rough few seasons going 2-8 in 2015 and have amassed a record of 2-7(0-4) this year losing to Santa Fe Christian 62-0. The last time Francis Parker had a winning season was back in 2013 when the Lancers went a solid 10-1.
The Knights offense is led by quarterback Jeffrey Jackson who has accumulated a staggering 2,570 passing yards complimented by 32 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Jackson can summon his “3 Knights of The Round Table” with his receivers Jacob Jackson, Moses Mooney, and Justin Woodley who have combined for 1,973 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns this season. If the Knights want to pound the ball, running back Hasant Moses-Hillman can be called in. Moses-Hillman has rushed for 604 yards on 83 carries and 6 touchdowns while also receiving another 2 touchdowns.
The Lancers offensively this season have shown glimpses of a good offense but have yet been able to constantly achieve this task week by week. Quarterback Ryan Sanborn has thrown for 969 yards and has 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Sanborn’s favorite target is sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Gordon, who has caught 31 passes for 487 yards and 4 touchdowns. The running game this season is averaging 68 yards per game. Running back Ryan Zupkas has ran for 524 yards on 127 carries for 9 touchdowns this season.
Defensively both teams have small rosters, the Lancers having 22 total players while the Knights have 26. This means that both teams will have the same people all over the field. The Knights are allowing 14 points a game and have intercepted their opponents 26 times this season. The Lancers on the other hand have given up around 40 points a game. The reason being that they have faced many great balanced offenses this season.
The playoff implications for Knights are huge this week. The Knights come into the game as number 1 in the Division 3 power rankings with the Christian Patriots (9-0, 3-0) trailing not so far behind, only .22 points to be exact. The situation here this week is if both the Knights and the Patriots pull out a victory, the Patriots would move ahead being that they played a harder Division 2 team in Mission Bay. As for the Lancers they would probably stay a sixteenth seed in the Division 4 power rankings.
You can catch these highlights at 10:30pm this Friday night on the Prep Pigskin Report on KUSI.