Week 1: The Bishop’s School Knights 18, La Jolla Vikings 9
The Bishop’s Knights’ defense was able to hold on for a big rivalry win against the La Jolla Vikings, 18-9, on Friday night.
The Knights began the game by driving the ball 86 yards down the field, capping the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak touchdown by Tyler Buchner on fourth and goal.
Buchner was able to pick up a clutch first down earlier in the drive on a 16-yard run, as well as avoiding a sack and finding Chase Ladrido to move the ball down to the 1-yard line on third and goal. A missed 2-point conversion left the score 6-0 Knights.
The Knights defense kept the momentum going in the following drive with an interception from Clarence Freeman on their third defensive play of the game.
The Vikings defense would answer this turnover by getting an interception of their own from linebacker Max Smith.
Three plays later, Smith took a handoff for a 64-yard touchdown making the score 7-6 Vikings in the 2nd quarter.
Scoring in the second half would get started by Bishop’s after forcing a three and out on the first drive of the half.
Freeman had 47 total yards on the scoring drive, including a 15-yard touchdown run. A missed 2-point conversion would make the score 12-7 Knights in the 3rd quarter.
Later in the fourth quarter, Bishop’s was driving downfield before the Vikings made a huge goal-line stop on their own 2-yard line. But, two plays later defensive tackle Ava Leota recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Knights, giving them an 18-7 lead after another failed 2-point conversion.
The Vikings were able to come up with a safety late in the fourth quarter, but in the end, it wouldn’t be enough as the Knights held on for an 18-9 win to kickoff the 2019 season.
The 2019 high school football season kicks off Friday night with a matchup between The Bishop’s School Knights and crosstown rival La Jolla Vikings. The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. at Edwards Stadium, where both teams call home.
The Knights finished last season with a 5-5 record and an appearance in the Division II playoffs. They will look to build on that season with the return of their junior quarterback Tyler Buchner. The Notre Dame commit missed nearly all of last season due to an injury in the Knights first game.
Senior receiver Clarence Freeman will be another key player in Bishop’s offense. Freeman, a Davidson commit, finished last season with 1,003 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns on 68 receptions. Freeman also landed the 23rd spot on PPR’s Top 30 Senior List going into this season.
Coach Joel Allen enters his 11th season as head coach of the Knights with an experienced team around him after losing only six seniors from last year.
The Knights’ defense will be led by senior captain Charlie Mossy.
Coming off of a 17 sack season, Mossy will provide a physical presence for the team up front.
The La Jolla Vikings finished their 2018 season with a 3-7 record. Head coach Tyler Roach returns a very experienced group with a majority of their varsity team back from last year.
The Vikings run an up-tempo offense led by quarterback and athlete hybrid Diego Solis (junior) and quarterback Jackson Stratton (sophomore).
Solis is a dangerous athlete with the ball in his hands, and will likely get the opportunity to make plays at multiple positions for the Vikings this year.
The Viking defense will be anchored by senior Jack Wiese and junior Max Smith. The linebacker tandem plays physical football on both sides of the ball and will provide a physical rushing attack for the Vikings offense as well.
The Knights and Vikings will play Week 1 as two of the most experienced teams in San Diego, making for an exciting rivalry game to start off the 2019 season.
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