Bishop Kelly defense outlasts Emmett

The Knights limit the Huskies to one TD and less than 150 yards.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 21, 2013 

Linebacker Cole Oliver shot past Emmett’s offensive line and locked his arms around quarterback Daniel Garz.

As Oliver went to put Garz on his back, the football came loose and fellow linebacker Vincent Galindo pounced on it.

It was just the kind of breakthrough Bishop Kelly needed to finally get some separation in a toe-to-toe battle with 4A Southern Idaho Conference foe Emmett.

The Knights managed two touchdowns after Oliver’s sack to run away with a 26-6 victory Friday night at Nick Ysursa Field.

“Everyone was just busting their butts all game long, but we finally started to get breaks after that play,” Oliver said.

With its offense sputtering for much of the first three quarters, the Knights turned to defense to keep them in the game. BK held Emmett to one touchdown, 68 rushing yards and 79 passing yards, and the Huskies managed only two first downs in the second half, one of which was the result of a BK penalty.

With the victory, Bishop Kelly (3-0, 2-0) moves into sole possession of first place in the 4A SIC. Emmett drops to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.

“It feels great to be 3-0, but I don’t think anybody that we’re going to play cares that we’re 3-0,” Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said.

Emmett’s defense was able to contain Bishop Kelly in the first quarter, but the Knights quickly learned to pass or run away from Emmett’s solid interior, which had given up just seven points in its three previous games.

After two failed series, BK opened the second quarter facing second-and-8 from the Emmett 31-yard line.

The Knights needed just three plays to reach the end zone, scoring on a 22-yard pass from senior quarterback Bowen Ogata to senior receiver Luke Meyers.

BK extended its lead to 13-0 on the next series, this time on a 17-yard run by Matt Mello.

Meyers finished with nine receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown, and senior receiver Turner Simmons added seven catches for 101 yards and a TD. Ogata, who has committed to play baseball at Utah, completed 16-of-27 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m always confident in our defense,” Meyers said. “I don’t think there’s anyone that can get past our D because we all work together. We’re one team and we always go after the ball.”

Spurred by Nathan Hundley’s interception and later a Hundley 39-yard reception from Garz, Emmett put its only points on the board less than a minute before halftime.

Hard-running junior halfback Wyatt Smith broke through for the Huskies on a 3-yard run.

“I think our defense just played unbelieveable,” Brennan said. “We gave up that long pass play in the first half and they were able to capitalize and get a score, but other than that our defense did a great job.”

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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