Fall was in the air Friday night as cool temperatures and a Boise high school rivalry game signaled the changing of the seasons.
But while autumn is still young, the Bishop Kelly defense was in midseason form. The three-time defending 4A state champions dominated for four quarters, holding 5A rival Borah to just 78 net yards of offense in a 27-0 shutout at Nick Ysursa Field.
Senior tailback Luke Burley ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns, senior quarterback Bronson King tossed two TD passes and jack-of-all-trades senior Ben Hruby showcased his all-around game with 79 total yards, a TD catch and an interception as BK avenged last year’s loss to Borah in convincing fashion.
“We had a rough start to last season, losing to Timberline and Borah,” Hruby said. “But it’s a new season, a new team, and we really wanted to come out and prove ourselves. Starting 2-0 against two 5A teams is a big help to what this season is going to be for us.”
The first half was a two-way defensive slugfest that featured a combined six punts and three turnovers. After 23 scoreless minutes, Bishop Kelly finally broke the stalemate when King fired a perfect 41-yard touchdown strike to fellow senior Vince Sengelmann, who got behind the defense on a skinny post route with 50 seconds remaining.
The extra point made it a 7-0 margin at halftime. Borah managed just 35 yards of offense and did not complete a pass in the first half. The Lions also coughed up a fumbled snap and an interception.
“Defensively, I was really happy with the way we played,” Bishop Kelly coach Tim Brennan said. “Offensively, we really didn’t establish anything in the first half, but we found our rhythm and played much better in the second.”
Bishop Kelly’s physical rushing attack appeared to wear down the Borah defense down the stretch, with Burley scoring on runs of 13 and 5 yards. Hruby added a 16-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass, and the Knights recovered two more fumbles while continuing to stonewall the Lions’ offense.
Max Murphy, Tyler Spanfellner, Daniel Cantrell and Hruby scooped up the four turnovers for BK, while King finished 13-of-20 for 177 yards on a clean, efficient night under center.
“We all focused and did our jobs,” Burley said. “It’s about going 1-0 every week, and we’re 1-0 this week against Borah, so it’s a great feeling.”