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In a battle between teams that are considered some of the best in the county the Bishop Knights again traveled to the East County to take on the Grossmont Foothillers as they had the previous season.

Last season these two teams met in the season opener and the Knights came away with the 22-13 victory behind Moses Mooney. However, this time around the Foothillers made sure that 2018 wouldn’t start out the same way as they came away with the 28-10 victory.

The Knights led by veteran coach Joel Allen started off with the ball but the defense of the Foothillers was able to make quick work as they forced the Knights three and out. Unfortunately for the Knights as they tried to trick Grossmont with a fake punt their all everything and star quarterback Tyler Buchner was knocked out of the game when he attempted the fake punt.

So now with Buchner out of the game, the Knights quickly made the switch as they moved wide receiver Clay Petry into the quarterback position. The switch gave the Knights a little boost as they went on a long drive lasting about seven and a half minutes long before being forced to kick a field goal to make it 3-0.

Despite trailing the Foothillers didn’t despair as they knew they had the firepower on offense. Grossmont’s offense took charge and stormed down the field and scored on a 17-yard scamper into the end zone by Jahmal Nevels to give the Hillers a 7-3 lead with 2:36 left in the first quarter. The Knights on the very next possession once again were forced to a three and out by the defense of the Foothillers and once again the offense came alive as they stormed down the field and put it in the end zone thanks to a 24-yard reception by Skip Waltower to make it 14-3 with 11:51 to go in the first half.

Both teams would over the next couple of possession trade punts but Grossmont just before the half would take advantage of their opportunity as Demari Crawford found himself on the end of a 20-yard touchdown reception to give the Foothillers the 21-3 lead going to into the half.

Both teams came out for the second half and exchanged punts and once again Grossmont took advantage as Thomas Magnum was able to find his way to house on a punt return to make it 28-3 with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter. With just over four and a half remaining in the third quarter it was decided to make it a running clock contest due to low numbers by the Knights. Grossmont rotated in their reserves and the game was a back and forth affair. Bishop’s was able to score a late touchdown on a 71-yard reception by Clarence Freeman, however, the extra point was missed thus making the score 28-9.

Offensively for Grossmont, Junior quarterback Jaime Odom finished the night with 137 passing yards on 13 of 21 passing and had 2 TDs through the air while His receivers Zak Farris caught 3 balls for 42 yards and Waltower caught 2 balls for 28 yards. On the ground for the Hillers, Robert Tucker ran the ball 9 times for 66 yards while Nevels had 5 carries for 33 yards and the TD.



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