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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Bishop England hosts first round playoff game

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Daniel Island—The Bishop England football team entered the final week of the regular season with a chance at a region championship, but fell short in a 28-6 loss at Timberland. The Bishops are 6-3 (3-1) overall and currently ranked No. 16 in the latest HSSR Class AAA poll heading into the postseason.

“Offensively, we struggled,” head coach John Cantey said after the game. “Their defense is always so strong. Last year we didn’t score on them and this year we only got six. We just couldn’t move the ball well enough to score points.”

With a second place finish in the conference, Bishop England was rewarded with a first round home playoff game. They host Battery Creek (4-5) Nov. 3, with the winner most likely traveling to Dillon in the second round.

“Home games are a big thing in the playoffs. All the road games are so far away and it causes logistics issues and guys are sluggish coming off the bus. Being at home is very important, so we’ve got to take care of business. We scrimmaged Battery Creek at the beginning of the year so we’ve got a little bit of film on them.”

Offensively, the Bishops are averaging over 35 points per game this season. They have relied heavily on senior quarterback Leo Albano, a three-year starter that has completed 56-of-131 passes for 918 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He also leads the team in rushing with 1,354 yards on 163 attempts, and has found the end zone 24 times on the ground.

“He’s going to be our guy to go to at all times, and he’s going to make plays when the plays aren’t there. He always makes something happen. He’s just an athlete that makes plays,” Cantey said.

Christian Greavu has been the second option out of the backfield, picking up 749 yards and four touchdowns on 89 carries while adding 20 receptions for 442 yards and six more scores. Jacob Shiver has three receiving TDs as well.

On the other side of the ball, Bishop England’s defense has been a stingy unit, forcing 19 turnovers for the year. Karson Mingo heads up the charge with 102 tackles and a pair of interceptions, and Shiver is close behind with 90 total stops.

Other players having good seasons include Will Bastian (72 tackles), Jaylen Stoney-Patterson (61 tackles, 7 TFL, 5 sacks), Mac Hunter (58 tackles) and C.J. Hand (52 tackles).

“I’m very proud of our defense. I think that we stepped up against a quality opponent (in Timberland) and showed that we can play with anybody,” Cantey said.

On special teams, placekicker Jarren McCoy has converted 27-of-35 extra point attempts and is 2-for-2 with a long of 35 yards on field goals. He’s averaging 31 yards per punt.

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