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THE KNIGHTS MANEUVER THEIR WAY TO BIG WIN OVER FOOTHILLERS

Bishops and Grossmont Meet / Photo by Christian Pedersen

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL 

Bishops 22, Grossmont 13

By Adam Paul

ECPREPS.COM

Both Bishops and Grossmont were coming off of fantastic seasons a year ago. The Knights finished 15-1 with their lone loss in the State Championship game in Division III. The Foothillers finished 9-2 with their only losses to Helix and Mission Hills which was considered the best playoff game in the Open Division.

So with the recent success of the Knights they were pushed into Division II this season based on the CIF POWER RANKING SYSTEM. Due to this head coach Joel Allen figured he would have to bolster the schedule a bit.

So Allen made a call around and was able to get a hold Grossmont coach Tom Karlo and the two agreed to play each other.

Now Grossmont was used to playing the top level competition as they had been in the Open Division a year ago and this was the Knights debut against a Division I or Open Division opponent.

However that didn’t matter as both teams went back and forth until the Knights were finally able to prevail. “It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.” Said Allen. “I really couldn’t me more proud as we were able to battle and managed to pull it out.”

On the other side despite the multiple turnovers and missed opportunities on offense Foothillers head ball coach Tom Karlo was equally as proud of his team’s effort. “It’s one of those deals, that was two good football teams and it’s too bad we were on the losing end.”

For the Knights it was the senior brother duo of Jeffrey and Jacob Jackson who both as freshman played for Christian before transferring to Bishops shined along with senior Mozes Mooney.

On the night Jeffrey Jackson had three touchdown strikes to go with his 276 yards through the air, while completing 21 of 36 passes.

His brother Jacob hauled in 12 balls for 185 yards including a 22-yard score. Mooney was able to grab eight catches for 101 yards, he even completed 2 of 2 passes for 55 yards including what would be a game ending 29-yard completion to Jackson on a crucial fourth-and-7 towards the end of the game.

Despite having the various opportunities in the second half the Hillers could only push it in once.

The running game of Sterling Shevell for Grossmont rushed for 93 yards on 20 carries including a short score.

“Shevell ran well,” Karlo said. “He’s as solid as they come.

At the quarterback position for the Hillers the duo of Dylan Smith and Jamie Odom split time. Odom on the night finished 5-for-12 for 102 yards of which all was in the first half.

In the second half it was Smith who handled most of the duties in which he completed 7-of-16 passes for 85 yards and was intercepted twice.

The other scoring opportunities for Grossmont were two missed field goals though Amber Huff showed she has the leg consistentency to be a great kicker when called upon.

Receiving wise Zach Jones caught four passes for 62 yards, Desmond Carter hauled in 3 receptions for 53 yards and Sheville grabbed 3 catches for 41 yards.

The Knights scored first on a crazy play of the week defender leaping grab by Mozes Monney who managed to get a foot in for the 26-yard score from Jackson to make it 6-0.

Grossmont came right back and Odom was able to complete a couple completions and finished things off with a 5-yard score to put the Hillers up 7-6.

However the momentum didn’t last as Bishops drove the field and Jackson threw a 22-yard pass to his brother Jackson to give the Knights a 14-7 lead.

After a Jacob Jackson interception of Odom it only took the Knights three plays to score again to go up 22-7.

Many thought the game would be somewhat high scoring since each team ran an up tempo offense and based upon last year with all the points scored. However it turned out oly one other score would occur with the touchdown by Sterling in the third quarter at the 7:54 mark.

“I knew they wouldn’t score more than three (TDs) on us,” Karlo said. “Our defense is pretty good. They had some big plays early, but we adjusted and shut them down in the second half.”

Grossmont would score the other touchdown in the third quarter to pull within 22-13.

There would be more chances for the Foothillers but none would prove successful and that would be the ballgame.

For Bishops, it was Mooney who would make the two biggest plays as he was able to get in front of a Grossmont pass and make the interception at the goal line with 4:06 in the game and would complete the back breaking 29-yard halfback option pass on a fourth down to Jacob Jackson with under a minute left.

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