Bishop Kelly outlasts Kuna

Knights grind out a road victory over Kavemen to remain unbeaten.

Special to the StatesmanSeptember 28, 2013 

KUNA — For three quarters Friday, Bishop Kelly and Kuna traded haymakers in a pivotal 4A Southern Idaho Conference showdown.

The Knights finally scored the knockout in the fourth by landing jab after jab to wear out the Kavemen. Bruising fullback Cole Oliver capped a game-clinching, 95-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, sealing a 35-20 road victory for BK.

“All 11 players did exactly what they were supposed to do,” said Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan, whose team burned more than 7 minutes during the deciding drive. “They played 48 minutes and finished exactly the way you want to finish a football game.”

Senior quarterback Bowen Ogata threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score to lead the balanced Knights (4-0, 3-0 SIC). Mark Greene (108 yards, TD), Matt Mello (65 yards) and Oliver (45 yards, TD) took turns churning out chunks of yardage, particularly in the second half, when the Knights’ four possessions ended in three TDs and a game-ending handoff to kill the clock.

“Our plan was to wear them down until they didn’t want to play anymore,” said senior wideout Luke Meyers, who opened the scoring with a spectacular one-handed catch. “I’m proud of the way we stayed with it. It’s always good to win on another team’s turf, especially a talented team like Kuna.”

The first quarter belonged to BK, which grabbed a 14-0 lead on two efficient scoring drives. Meyers’ grab was the highlight as he snagged a 33-yard bomb from Ogata in the front corner of the end zone and held on with just his right hand while getting knocked out of bounds.

Ogata capped another quick drive with a 1-yard TD run, but just when it looked like the Knights might run away with the game, the Kuna defense stiffened. The Kavemen forced four consecutive BK punts in the second quarter, and the Kuna offense cashed in. Spencer Trautman scored on a three-yard plunge, and fellow senior Jacob Kellogg burst 31 yards moments later to make it 14-12 at the half.

BK opened the second half with a TD drive, but Trautman (157 yards from scrimmage) answered with a nifty 37-yard scoring run for Kuna (2-2, 2-2). The Kavemen scored a two-point conversion to make it a one-point game, but they couldn’t stop BK’s power rushing attack down the stretch.

Greene barreled in from eight yards out to make it 28-20 in the third, and Oliver capped the scoring in the fourth, punctuating the Knights’ 95-yard march.

“We couldn’t get stops,” said Kuna coach Lee Leslie, a former Bishop Kelly head coach. “Our kids played hard; we just had a couple little letdowns. Hopefully we can run the table so we get another shot at Bishop Kelly (in the playoffs).”

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