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Bishop's eyes repeat as D-IV champ

11/27/2015, 10:42pm PST
By Ed Wehde

Knights use balanced offense, tough defense to eliminate University City

Bishop's coach Joel Allen has the Knights back in the Division IV championship game.

Bishop’s took a big step in its defense of its section title.

The Knights pulled away from host University City in the second half and downed the Centurions 23-7 in a San Diego Section Division IV semifinal Friday.

The third-seeded Knights (8-4) will play No. 1 Mater Dei Catholic in Friday’s final at Southwestern College as they attempt to repeat as DIV champions.

No. 2 University City (9-3) made school history this season, making the semifinals in football for the first time but could not take it a step further, missing a chance to advance to its first title game.

A 38-yard field goal from junior Justin Woodley in the final minute of the third quarter broke a 7-7 tie, and the Knights put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The Knights’ defense grabbed three interceptions, including two in the fourth quarter, as it made the Centurions’ offense one-dimensional. University City senior quarterback Drake Aguon threw for 179 yards, but the team ran for just 19.

Bishop’s offense showed balance. Led by sophomore Hassant Moses-Hillman, who ran for 136 yards and two scores, they totaled 201 yards on the ground, and sophomore quarterback Mozes Mooney threw for 163 yards and a score.

University City opened the scoring with a 12-play, 99-yard drive that culminated with Moses-Hillman’s 7-yard TD run early in the second quarter. The Centurions evened the score on a 10-yard scoring run from senior Tomo Pollard with 34 seconds left in the first half.

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