If Bishop Dunne is the best team TAPPS has to offer — as the statewide rankings indicate — the Bishop Lynch Friars aren't far behind.
That much was made clear Friday as the Friars (2-2, 0-1) fell just short against the top-ranked Bishop Dunne Falcons (3-1, 1-0) by a 28-21 margin at Bishop Dunne High School.
The Friars matched the Falcons blow for blow in a hard-hitting and often, heated, matchup between rivals. The Lynch defense, steadily gaining a reputation as one of the best in TAPPS, held Dunne's high-flying offense to just 329 yards, almost 200 short of what the Falcons had put together in their previous three games.
Dunne struck first in the opening frame, but the Friars countered in the second with a seven-yard run from Jaire Moore. The game was tied 7-7 at the break.
Dunne opened the second half with a bang, scoring on a 33-yard run to regain the lead, but the Friars again answered on Moore's one-yard run.
With 1:38 left in the third, Dunne took the lead again on a long run and doubled it midway through the fourth courtesy of a blocked punt.
The Friars inched their way back to within one score on Jarek Broussard's eight-yard scoring run with 3:38 to play. The defense would hold on the ensuing Falcon possession, but a 47-yard punt by Dunne pinned the Friars back at their own 7 with little time remaining.
Bishop Lynch was able to get the ball out to its 25 but ran out of time in the district opener.
Junior defensive back Jeremy Harris turned in an awesome performance, pulling down two interceptions, including one in the end zone. Landry Kershaw was in on a game-high 21 tackles and Chris Sigsbee recorded a sack for the defense.
The Friars return home Friday to host Trinity Christian (3-1, 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans opened their district schedule with a 54-9 win over John Paul II.
BL 0 7 7 7 — 21
BD 7 0 14 7 — 28
BD — Jabari Khepera 34-yard pass from Stacy Connor (Tucker Littleton kick)
BD — Jordan Butler 33-yard run (Littleton kick)
BL — Moore 1-yard run (Garrett kick)
BD — Marquez Beason 52-yard run (Littleton kick)
BD — Roscoe Jones II 2-yard punt return (Littleton kick)
BL — Jarek Broussard 8-yard run (Garrett kick)
Team Stats BL BD
1st Downs 13 15
Total Yards 239 329
Rushing 33-69 33-198
Pass Yards 170 131
C-A-I 14-22-0 9-23-2
Fumbles lost 1 0
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties 7-59 13-114
BL — Jagger LaRoe 14-22-0-170
BD — Stacy Connor 9-23-2-131
BD — Jordan Butler 16-103, Marquez Beason 1-52, Donald Gamble 8-30, Mene Khepera 2-16, Stacy Connore 5-3, Jabari Khepera 1-(-6)
BD — Marquez Beason 4-44, Jabari Khepera 1-34, Jacques Hawkins 3-27, Ricky Rollerson 1-26