Bishop Sullivan QB Colt Minson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Homecoming brought a win for Bishop Sullivan
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
It was a strange night for football.
Bishop Sullivan played on five days rest because Homecoming night was moved to Thursday. Life Christian arrived via bus from Richmond at game time, pushing the start time back by 20 minutes. Halftime lasted nearly a half an hour.
Then there were the on the field affects.
When the teams were introduced prior to kick off, Bishop Sullivan raced to their sideline to the cheers of the home crowd. LCA followed that by entering from the west end zone and racing toward the Crusader bench. That drew the ire of the crowd and the home team, plus it drew flags resulting in an unsportsmanlike conduct call on both teams.
From that point forward, any unsportsmanlike conduct call, targeting or other major infraction could result in an ejection.
The battle was on.
This was a battle for bragging right between the 757 and the 804. It was also a state championship game of sorts for two teams who both had problems booking a complete schedule. VISAA rules state that 50% of a team’s games have to be played against other VISAA opponents in order to qualify for the postseason. Neither team here has that privilege this year.
From the kickoff, Bishop Sullivan made it clear that they wanted to dominate. In less than a minute, the Crusaders put points on the board with a 58-yard Quinton Gregory touchdown run. A successful onside kick gave them the ball again and they scored with 7:40 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Colt Minson to Valerian Johnson. The PAT put Bishop Sullivan up 14-0 before Life Christian had a play on offense.
While it was a game where Bishop Sullivan never trailed, LCA was always within reach.
Before the end of the first quarter, LCA drove down the field and scored on a 1-yard run by fullback Javon Burrell. A successful two-point conversion made the score 14-8.
Bishop Sullivan would tack on a second quarter score on an 11-yd touchdown run by Jawan Johnson plus a two-pointer to make the score 22-8. That would be the halftime score.
In the second half, LCA found gaps in the Crusader defense.
On two occasions, the Eagles blocked Bishop Sullivan punt attempts giving LCA a short field.
Two Naquri Rogers touchdown passes in the third quarter closed the margin to 22-20. Bishop Sullivan answered with a 7-yard touchdown run by Quinton Gregory with 9:09 left in the game to put the Crusaders up 29-20.
Life Christian put the heat on the home team by answering on their next possession. Rogers scored on a 20-yard keeper for a touchdown. The two-pointer made the score 29-28 with 7:13 left.
While Bishop Sullivan struggled to deliver a knockout blow, their defense managed to keep LCA out of scoring range and run down the clock for the one-point win.
“It was an exciting game,” said Bishop Sullivan head coach Chris Scott. “We got up on them early. I felt like we controlled the game a little bit, then they came back. They responded making big time plays. There was a lot of passion out there on that football field tonight, and I’m proud of how both teams finished.”
With the win, Bishop Sullivan moves to 4-3 on the season with their next game at home on Friday night vs. Clarkson Football North of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Life Christian is 1-5 on the season and plays their season finale this Saturday at Christchurch.
FINAL: Bishop Sullivan 29, Life Christian 28
– Andy Hilton