Villains welcome bye week to regroup
For three quarters, the Bishop McGuinness football team was able to make stops and hold its opponent Eastern Randolph out of the end zone.
But Villains head coach Charlie Jones knows that football requires his team to play the entire game, which didn’t happen Friday night.
Bishop allowed the Wildcats to have a huge second quarter, giving up three consecutive touchdowns, propelling Eastern to a 21-0 victory as the Villains dropped their second game of the season.
“We have to look at some of the positives from this game,” Jones said. “We played hard in the second half and we made some good plays. Our defensive front gave way for (Eastern Randolph) to beat us. They are a tough football team.”
Bishop junior quarterback Andrew Rowley threw for 70 yards on 6-of-18 passing, and ran for 62 yards to lead the offensive charge. Rowley, who has had success handing the ball off to his backfield duo threat of Joe McNamara and Greg Salomon, carried the ball 15 times because the Wildcat defense keyed in on stopping the two senior running backs.
McNamara was held to only two yards rushing after suffering a minor injury in the first half, while Salomon had two carries for 20 yards.
“They were definitely looking to stop those two –they’ve had some success in the past several games.” Jones said.
After a scoreless first quarter, Eastern put together three consecutive scoring drives before halftime. Its fourth opportunity was stopped short when quarterback Corey Newby fumbled on the 6.
Eastern’s strong second quarter was all it needed.
“I guess we’ve got to look at the positives in this game.” Rowley said, agreeing with his coach. “Yeah, we gave up a big second quarter, but we limited them in the second half.”
Eastern was led by Newby, who went 12 of 17 on 149 yards, with a touchdown and ran for 42 yards and a rushing touchdown.
“It’s a good time for a bye week.” Jones said. “We’re going to have to heal up and prepare for conference play. What we saw tonight in Eastern Randolph is very similar to Mt. Airy.”
Jones admitted his defense needed to make more stops, but agreed the offense struggled with McNamara and Salomon only gaining 20 yards on the ground. His third running back, senior Christian Stoltz was ejected in the second quarter after a tussle with some Wildcat defenders.
“They were a good team, that’s for sure. I haven’t been hit that hard all season.” Rowley said.
“I think we got shook up early and got off to a slow start. We can’t do that in conference games, we can’t dig an early hole.” Jones said.
Bishop (4-2) will use the next two weeks to prepare for 1A Conference 5 favorite, Mt. Airy.
Eastern Randolph pulled back to the .500 mark with its shutout victory, improving to 3-3.
NOTE: Bishop McGuinness’ girls basketball team was honored at halftime Friday night with the presentation of its state championship rings. The Villains have won eight consecutive girls 1A state championships under head coach Brian Robinson, an NCHSAA record for all of high school sports, at all levels.