By Ray Conner
A rivalry game played on Senior Night will always equal a battle with Bishop.
The varsity football Broncs played an inspired game but could not keep up with the Broncos in the end.
Bishop would score 17 unanswered second half points that sent them to the 24-9 victory.
Despite the low offensive scoring from the Broncs there were encouraging aspects to the game. The defense despite bending, made it tough on Bishop in the first half. A goal-to-goal stop and two takeaways would give the Broncs a halftime lead. Bishop did score once on a 19 yard run for their lone first half scoring. Neither team would score in the first quarter as both defenses rose to the occasion.
On the Kern Valley offensive side of the ball, for the first time, there was a flow of consistency. Yes, they punted three straight times to begin the game, but it was after moving forward with positive yardage.
On their fourth possession, they were able to put points on the board. They drove down to the 24-yard line of Bishop, but the drive stalled. They put themselves in position for a field goal try. They set up for the try, but Bishop gave them a 5-yard gift as they jumped off sides. They set up once again at the 26-yard line where Spencer Hansen put the foot to the ball and made it true. Kern Valley had the early lead 3-0.
Bishop battled back to score on the 19-yard run to give them the lead at 7-3. Late in the second quarter, the Broncs were on the move as the marched toward the goal line. They took back the lead as Davin Lee hooked up with Ryan Walker for the five yard scoring toss. The extra-point was missed, but the lead was 9-7 for the hometown Broncs.
It was the second half where Bishop took control. They scored on a eight-yard run to grab the lead to make it 14-9. The score after three quarters stood at 14-9. After Kern Valley punted they would intercept a Bishop pass to give them a scoring opportunity. They drove to the 29-yard line where they lined up once again for a field goal. This time Bishop was able to block it and took over. They moved down for a field goal try and converted from 40 yards to pad their lead at 17-9.
Still a one score game, Kern Valley would give back the ball to the Broncos as they picked off the pass. They took advantage and scored their final touchdown of the game on a 30-yard run. The PAT was good to put it at 24-9.
The Broncs had one more chance, but turned the ball over on downs and Bishop went into victory formation to run out the clock. Bishop would total 366 yards of offense in the game.
No other information was made available for the Broncs.
Kern Valley will now set its sights on Boron as they will make the trip on Friday. They will then enter there bye week.