Jersey Mike's City Game of the Week: Bishop's Knights 35, Valley Center 19
By Luke Sutherland
Two elite teams. A 21-1 combined record. One has dominated teams all year, while the other has time and time again shined in the clutch of a close contest. There was no question the Bishop Knights and Valley Center Jaguars belonged in the Division 3 Semi-Finals. It was almost disappointing that one of the teams would be heading home after the game, but it had to happen.
Bishops didn’t waste any time at all to swing the momentum in their favor, Hasant Moses-Hillman took the opening kickoff all the way to the house. Now up 7-0, Bishops showed off the all around talent of their roster with a sequence of amazing plays. It started with Jacob Jackson finding Mozes Mooney on a 47 yard touchdown, then Moses-Hillman making another appearance on the highlight reel with a great interception. The very next play, Jacob Jackson had some deja vu with Mozes Mooney on a 58 yard streak for six that gave Bishops a 21-0 lead. Justin Woodley added two scores before halftime, increasing the Knights lead to 35.
Bishops great first half proved to be too much of a deficit for the Jaguars. Valley Center won the second half thanks to great play from quarterback Rikki Mazzetti, but a late interception by Moses Mooney sealed the win for the Knights, 35-19.
Anyone on Bishops squad could be named the Jersey Mikes City Game of the Week MVP. With only 25 players on the roster, every single player will have an impact on the game whether positive or negative. This season it has been all positive, and the final City Game MVP of the year went to both Justin Woodley and Daniel Anderson. Justin Woodley made an impact on both sides of the ball with a sack, rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown. Defensive tackle Daniel Anderson was a big part of a Knights defense that contained Valley Center’s strong running game the entire night, holding the Jaguars to only 38 yards on 20 rushing attempts. Valley Center can hold their heads high after an incredible 2016 season, while Bishops moves on to the Division 3 Championship to take on Christian. Both teams are 12-0 so this is definitely a game worth seeing. Thank you for joining us for another great year of football, don’t forget to tune in next week for all the championship games. Then be sure to also tune in December 6th at 5 PM to see who’s awarded the Silver Pigskin!
PREVIEW - Only the top four teams in each division remain, and every school has their eyes on a championship appearance. This Friday the Jersey Mike's City Game of the Week features two of Division 3’s powerhouse schools. The second seeded Bishop's Knights (11-0) and third seeded Valley Center Jaguars (10-1) go head to head in a semi-finals battle.
Bishops come into this game as one of the hottest teams in San Diego, destroying their last two opponents by a combined 110-0. The Knights were able to dominate their first playoff opponent, the defense picked off La Jolla five times on the way to a 49-0 victory. Bishop’s leader Jeffrey Jackson has been one of the more talented quarterbacks in the county, he’s scored 40+ touchdowns while leading his Knights to their perfect record. Far from a one man show, Jackson has an equally talented counterpart in the do it all junior Mozes Mooney. Mooney has scored 20 total times on the season, and he’ll even set himself up for touchdowns with his 5 interceptions on defense.
This game is much more than just hype, Bishop's hasn’t faced a bigger threat to their unblemished record than the Valley Center Jaguars. The Jaguars haven’t looked back since an opening week loss to Mater Dei Catholic, going on one of the most exciting 10 game winning streaks a team could have. 7 of the teams 10 wins were decided by 7 or less points, including last weeks heart stopping victory over Morse. Valley Center’s sophomore sensation Ricki Mazzetti found Zachary Mahrenholz on a 14 yard touchdown with only six seconds left to lift his squad past a hungry Morse Tigers team in a 30-29 final. Mahrenholz is a tough matchup for any defender with 650 receiving yards on the season, thanks to him the passing game is just as potent as the Jaguars deadly running game. Running back Daniel Belcher has been nearly impossible to take down with his 1,253 total yards and 11 scores. Defensive coordinators bring extra Tylenol to the game whenever it’s time to try and contain this duo.
After everything both teams have been through, neither side will accept going home with a loss. Only one can make it to the CIF Division 3 Championship, tune into the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday to find out who that is!