EL CAJON Final score: Christian 56, Bishop’s 28
Key plays: Paris Miller returned from a hand injury that kept him out of Christian’s first four games and responded Friday with rushing touchdowns of 23 and 41 yards, a 19-yard receiving TD and a 72-yard TD pass to Trevor Howell on a halfback option. On a kick return, Christian’s Sebastian Swift raced 82 yards for a TD. Trailing 21-14 late in the first half, Christian scored 28 unanswered points over a 10-minute span.
Key stats: Miller finished with 162 yards on 17 carries, plus 72 passing. Christian QB Michael Carrillo was 7 of 8 for 140 yards and two TDs as the Patriots piled up 455 total yards. The Patriots ran only 35 plays but tallied 56 points and 17 first downs. In the first seven minutes, Bishop’s had five different players with gains of 20 or more yards.
Quotable: “Paris Miller had a great game,” Christian coach Matt Oliver said. “Carrillo was sharp throwing the ball. We were clicking well offensively. We just needed to find a way to stop them defensively.”
Complete game, almost: Christian (5-0) almost got to play without a running clock after clobbering its first four foes, 185-16. Bishop’s (4-1) called for a running clock with 2:22 left and an injured player down.
Double dipping: Only 28 years old, Bishop’s coach Joel Allen is one of only two guys to win a San Diego Section championship as a quarterback (2002 as quarterback at Christian) and a coach (2010 at Bishop’s, which also won a state title that year). Chris Hauser turned the first double as a QB at Vista (1981) and coach at Vista (2001).
Young Knights: Bishop’s has only six seniors on its roster and all but one TD has come from underclassmen. Last year, freshmen and sophomores accounted for 33 of the Knights’ 36 TDs. Said Allen, “We’re a team that is truly not even close to peaking.”
Bull on Bulla: You might remember Bulla Graft as the gritty second baseman on the Chula Vista Park View team that won the Little League World Series in 2009. As a sophomore at Bishop’s last year, he rushed for 1,773 yards and scored 23 TDs. He had 127 yards against Christian to give him 591 this year.
Inspiration: Zack Welch, a 5-10, 187-pound defensive end, is one of Christian’s captains this year — remarkable considering Welch underwent season-ending major knee surgeries the past two seasons. “He epitomizes our team this year,” Oliver said. “Most kids would have packed it in, but he persevered.”
Inspiration II: Stevie Hinshaw, a two-way lineman for Bishop’s, is back for his senior year after sustaining a torn labrum last year that also ruined his baseball season. “Risking his baseball career,” Allen said, “That was a pretty selfless decision for him.”
Prilosec plus: Dogs weren’t ready so had to call an audible at the line. Bratwurst was hot and juicy but not the score I was looking for.