Bishop’s and Santa Fe Christian have played every year since 2005, but in the eight-year history of this Coastal League matchup, no game had ever been decided by fewer than 21 points, and the average margin of victory had been 32.
“It’s an emotional rivalry game, so momentum kind of landslides when one team gets going,” Santa Fe Christian coach Jon Wallace said before the game.
That all changed Saturday night at La Jolla High.
After nearly a decade of mismatches and blowouts, Santa Fe Christian outlasted Bishop’s for a 37-28 win.
The Eagles (5-3, 2-0) trailed 21-7 in the second quarter before rattling off 24 straight points to take a 31-21 advantage over the Knights (5-2, 0-1) heading into the fourth quarter.
Big plays helped Santa Fe Christian grab the lead, including an 80-yard touchdown run by Tony Miro, a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jerry Harper and a 20-yard TD run by Miro following his own conversion on a fake punt.
Bishop’s rallied in the fourth quarter, capping a 75-yard drive when Griffin Seaman connected with Jack Case from 12 yards out to cut the lead to 31-28.
But on Santa Fe Christian’s next possession, with Bishop’s needing a stop to get the ball back, Miro broke several tackles on his way to a 53-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory with two minutes to play.
Miro finished with 169 yards on 13 carries.
Bishop’s Bulla Graft rushed 25 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns.