By Ray Conner
High Desert League opener does not go Bronc’s way.
Kern Valley took the long trip to Bishop to square off with their rival. The Broncs could not solve Bishop’s offense as they were saddled with the 54-16 loss. It could have been a lot worse as Bishop missed a field goal try and another field goal attempt was blocked.
The Broncos took the early lead as they were given a short field after a bad exchange on a punt. Bishop got on the board first to take the 7-0 lead. Kern Valley tried to answer as they went on a long drive into Bishop’s territory. Committing one of their four turnovers, the Broncs fumbled away the ball. Bishop wasted little time as they moved down the field quickly and put it into the end zone to make it 14-0 still in the first quarter.
Kern Valley’s offense stalled and punted back to Bishop. They put themselves in field goal range only to miss and give it to the Broncs. They went three-and-out and shanked punt gave the Broncos good field position. They took advantage and found the end zone to go up 21-0. On Kern Valley’s next possession, they would turn it over on downs, but the defense picked off the errant pass. They could not move the ball and punted it away. Bishop in a last chance to put points on the board before halftime lined up to try a field goal. The Broncs defense busted through and blocked the attempt leaving the halftime score at 21-0 in Bishop’s favor.
Coming out of the locker room, the Broncos wasted little time in increasing their cushion. They drove down the field and scored a touchdown to make it 28-0.
The Broncs were picked off in their next possession and Bishop took advantage to push the ball across the goal line to make it 35-0. On the ensuing kickoff, the Kern Valley squad got good field position after a long return. Jacob Lightner got the Broncs on the board with a four yard run. Kern Valley was successful on a two-point conversion to make the score 35-8. As the third quarter was coming to an end, the Broncs defense stopped Bishop and forced the punt. Kern Valley switched sides as the fourth quarter got under way. They were able to add to their point total as Jacob Lightner hooked up with Clayton Hiles for the 22-yard scoring toss. They added the two-point conversion to make it 35-16.
That would be it as their next three possessions went like this. They fumbled it away, turned it over on downs, and were picked off for the second time in the game.
Bishop after getting the ball back on each of these possessions would score.
Their final tally came after the interception as they recorded a pick-six.
Touchdowns: Lightner 1 (4-yard run), Hiles 1 (30-yard pass from Lightner).
Passing (53 yards): Lightner 3-9-1 38, Barton 1-2-1-15
Receiving: Hiles 1-30, Miller 2-22, A. Grimsby 1-4
Rushing (267 yards): Lightner 21-131, Miller 8-53, Trever Hurley 6-53, A. Grimsby 4-26, Brett Grimsby 1-4
Tackles: Miller 17, Devon Vittoria 14, Fortino Mendez 11, Adam Virto 10, Hurley 9, A. Grimsby 9, Barton 7, B. Grimsby 5 (INT), Tyler Cazares 4, Tanner Tito 3, Lightner 2, JJ Forbes 1, Darrell Riley 1
Kern Valley will now have a week off as they enter their original bye week. They will play Shafter in a non-league match up on Oct. 20 when they travel to play the Generals.