Bishop Kelly football team hits the road

The Knights travel to Pocatello today despite being the top-seeded team

rroberts@idahostatesman.comNovember 15, 2013 

The Bishop Kelly defense hopes it can continue to smother opposing offenses when the Knights take on Century at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Holt Arena in Pocatello. BK, which has limited opponents to an average of 8.8 points per game this season, is trying to advance to the 4A state title game for the first time since 2010.

KATHERINE JONES — Statesman file

In some ways, Friday will start out like any other game day for members of the Bishop Kelly High varsity football team.

They will wake up in their own beds and meet for a team breakfast at Eddie’s before school.

After Mass at the BK chapel, players will attend their first period class, but the rest of their day won’t be filled with books and lectures.

The Knights will load a bus and depart Boise by 10:30 a.m. to make the approximately four-hour trip to Pocatello, where they will play Century (7-3) in the 4A state semifinals at 8:30 p.m. at Holt Arena.

Although Bishop Kelly (10-0) is unbeaten and owns the top ranking in the state media poll, the predetermined state pairings call for the team at the top of the bracket to host, no matter the records.

The only exception is when teams from the same district are paired together in the semifinals. In that case, the team with the higher seed hosts.

Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said he knew well before the season started that this semifinal road trip was on the horizon should the Knights end up with the top seed from District Three.

“We really haven’t worried about it or thought about it much. It is a matter of fact,” Brennan said. “Whether it’s the right thing, it doesn’t matter.”

Brennan prepared his team for the environment at Holt Arena by securing two practices at Boise State’s Caven-Williams indoor facility this week.

The Knights have played all but one game on grass this season, and none indoors.

“I don’t know how much (playing on the road) will really impact our team,” Bishop Kelly senior linebacker Cole Oliver said. “I feel like we have a really good focus and no matter what arena we’re in or what kind of turf or field we’re playing on, we’ll be able to get our game plan done and do what we need to do.”

Brennan has provided each of his players with a nearly hour-by-hour itinerary for Friday, which should help the Knights maintain their focus throughout the day.

“We’re all going to want to play right away, but we’ve still got a long wait, a long bus ride,” Bishop Kelly tight end/defensive end Spencer King said. “It’s going to be a fun day. It’s going to be exciting, traveling down there as a team.”

Brennan said the Knights have not played at Holt Arena since 2005, and that was for the state championship, which they won 31-29 over Pocatello.

It’s a feat Bishop Kelly would like to see repeated against Century.

“Every time we step on that field, we play as hard as we can. We know that each and every one of us expects the most out of each other,” BK senior running back Matt Mello said. “We expect to go to the state championship, and hopefully we can get it done by starting out with Century Friday night.”

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