The Mammoth Huskies, off to a 1-0 start in the 2013 football season, ran through their drills this past week as if Friday night’s game were just another bump on the schedule.
In spite of a season-opening loss to Whittier Christian, the Bishop Broncos and Head Coach Bill Egan pay a visit to Gault-McClure Stadium for their 7 p.m. varsity game, and if history is a guide, that means trouble.
Last year, in Bishop, the Huskies traveled down the Sherwin Grade and were greeted with a rout, 56-6. Two years earlier, it was 59-6.
But at some point, Mammoth might actually pull off an upset—high school sports in particular are like that—so why not this time?
The Huskies, led once again by Head Coach Marty Thompson, Lucas Underkoffler at quarterback and a group of senior defenders, knocked off Rosamond, 40-8, in their season opener.
Bishop last week was idle, and is looking to put its train back on the track after a 41-20 opening loss to powerhouse Whittier Christian.
Underkoffler completed seven of his 11 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, while Denis Orrick ran 17 times for 131 yards. Steven Orrick, meanwhile, carried 11 times for 51 yards.
Thus at least in the offensive backfield, it was a happy night.
The primary beneficiary of Underkoffler’s passing was receiver Alex Mueller, who snagged three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Anchoring the defense, meanwhile, was Mueller (eight solo tackles), along with Denis Orrick and team captain Matt Graef, who had nine apiece.
Past performances don’t mean much when it comes to Bishop, however. With rare exceptions, the Huskies will be called upon to play a perfect game.
As they say in sports, you still have to play the games.