Week 8: The Bishop’s School Knights 20, Orange Glen Patriots 0

The Bishop’s School Knights took down the dominant Orange Glen Patriots, 20-0. The formerly 3-3 Knights took control of the game early and never relinquished their grasp.

The Patriots came into this game with a 5-1 record and a mountain of momentum, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a stifling Knights defense.

Any fans who showed up a little late to the show were in line for an unwelcome surprise – the first quarter took just eighteen minutes.

The first half concluded just forty minutes after kickoff, with the Patriots running game eagerly devouring the game clock. The third quarter seemed to pass just as quickly, and the total game took less than two hours from start to finish.

This game quickly proved to be a battle of two very different game plans.

Orange Glen went with their signature pounding rushing attack.

The Knights opted for a more balanced approach, mixing deep passing plays with powerful keepers from senior quarterback Dominic Haley, sweeps from Clarence Freeman IV, and power runs up the middle from Gabe Thomas and Amaan Hicks comprising the run game.

The big rushing play of the Knights’ night was a 64-yard burst from Thomas in the 2nd quarter, giving Bishop’s a 14-0 lead.

Haley, a former offensive lineman who was converted into a QB after the early-season injury to Tyler Buchner, used his size and the penchant for the impact that his role as starting linebacker has given him to fight for extra yards on practically every carry. He matched power with precision, as he compiled 200-plus passing yards and two passing touchdowns, as well.

His otherwise stellar night was marred by an interception at the Patriots 22-yard line. It seems safe to say the 21-yard and 69-yard passing touchdowns more than made up for it. The first of these completions went to Freeman IV and the second to Champion Johnson.

It was a tough night for the Patriots offense, which typically relies on its punishing rushing attack for the majority of offensive production.

The Knights defense was brutally physical and seemed to never run out of steam, and frequently met Patriots rushers at the line of scrimmage.

Running back Cael Patterson showed his lethal speed on multiple occasions, breaking out many double-digit-yard rushes throughout the game.

Moray Steward also mixed in and provided a good change of pace to Patterson, and quarterback Ethan Villalobos had several nice completions for big gains.

Unfortunately, it seemed like “that one big play” that Orange Glen needed, stayed just out of reach all game.

Enough cannot be said about the fight that Orange Glen showed throughout the game. The drive the team showed was the same on the final snap of the game that it was on opening kickoff. Their resiliency was on display, and that innate refusal to give in should serve the Patriots well going into the final weeks of the season. This game should show both sets of fans that their players are more than capable of finishing out this season on a strong note.

The now 5-2 Patriots will visit La Jolla next week to take on the La Jolla Country Day Torreys, while the 4-3 Knights will head to Solana Beach for their matchup with the Santa Fe Christian Eagles.

It should be yet another exciting week of Coastal League football.

As always, tune into KUSI at 11 p.m.. on Friday night to catch the final scores and all of San Diego County’s prep football highlights on Prep Pigskin Report.


Preview

Yet another week of CIF football is here, and any fans of prep football dismayed about the upcoming end to the season can instead focus their energy and attention on the fantastic Coastal League matchup coming from Orange Glen, California. This week, the Orange Glen Patriots will host The Bishop’s School Knights under the Friday night lights. This Week 8 matchup will pit a rolling and exceptionally talented 5-1 Patriots squad against a powerful Bishop’s squad with a 3-3 record that feels a little misleading given their 51-19 win over nemesis La Jolla Country Day last week.

This has been a season of highs and lows for the Bishops faithful, beginning with the loss of star quarterback Tyler Buchner on just the fourth play of the season. Buchner, a very highly-touted college football prospect, was expected to be the driving force behind the Knights offense and replacing a player of that caliber is never easy.

It appears the Knights have found a worthy (if a bit unlikely) candidate in senior Dominic Haley.

Haley, a defensive standout and offensive lineman for the Knights last year, took over the pigskin-slinging duties just two weeks ago against Monte Vista. So far, it’s hard to argue with the results: 437 yards and six touchdowns over just two games, and another 200 yards on the ground.

Haley hasn’t been without help, however. Clay Petry, Amaan Banks, Gabe Thomas, and Clarence Freeman IV make up a core group that split the majority of the receiving and rushing duties. The Knights utilize their remaining athletes very well and are a constant threat for explosive plays.

The only issue? Orange Glen is just as impressive in many ways.

The Patriots certainly prefer their running game. They notched just five passing attempts to their forty-three rushing attempts in their 28-19 win over Classical Academy last week. The only game in which Orange Glen faced a significant deficit, a 34-17 loss to San Pasqual, saw a much more balanced play-selection, but they still average more than thirty carries per game.

When you have a running back performing the way Cael Patterson is this season, it’s hard to blame them.

Patterson has 150+ rushing-yard performances in every single game he’s played in this season, and only one of those games finished under the 200-yard mark. Moray Steward, Dylan Ewing, and Ruben Ramirez put in solid work every week as change-of-pace backs and give Patterson a needed rest throughout each game. Fans should expect to see the Patriots bring the same hard-nosed ground attack this week as well.

This should be an entertaining, back-and-forth spectacle, and anyone wanting in on the action need only show up at Orange Glen High School at 7pm this Friday. Alternatively, tune into KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report at 11pm for the final score and highlights!

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