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Verot stops Westminster Christian, 10-0

Mariner falls to Clewiston

October 2, 2017
By PETE SISK - , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The only thing as steady as the rain Friday night was the Bishop Verot High School defense.

Friday's 10-0 Vikings victory against Miami Westminster Christian featured a lot of rain, a lot of fumbles and a lot of stout Verot defense.

"I'll tell you what," Bishop Verot coach Josh Vogelbach said, "the last two weeks, they have risen to the challenge and they have played really well."

Bishop Verot has scored a total of 19 points the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the defense has given up just 6 over the same period of time. The net result: two wins.

The Vikings (2-3) made the best of a wet, dreary homecoming. There was one lightning delay, an "all clear," then another blast from the lightning just alarm minutes later. Finally, the teams were able to come out and stay out on the field.

Class 4A Bishop Verot had problems of its own offensively against the game Class 3A Warriors (2-2).

The Warriors spent the entire third quarter on the Vikings' end of the field. Westminster Christian got as far as the Verot 12 yard line, but when the period ended there was still a "0" on the visitors' side of the scoreboard.

That "0" would stay up on the board even after a Vikings' fumble in the closing moments. The defense went back out on the field, took the football back, and secured the victory.

"We have a senior-dominated defensive line" Vogelbach said. "They played extremely well. I'm proud of them. They helped us out tonight."

Bishop Verot had a hidden ally in that bad weather: Westminister's 6-foot-5 quarterback, Mike Baiter, had a problem all night especially on the final drive reaching far enough to haul in low snaps from center of a soggy, heavy football. On the Warriors' final possession, which had gotten to the Vikings' 8, Baiter had to drop down and land on two low snaps, resulting in losses. The third time, the Vikings wrested the ball away and that was that.

The Verot defense held Westminster to five first downs and less than 100 yards of total offense.

Bishop Verot got the breaks in the first half, but couldn't do a lot with them. Fletcher Reynolds' fumble recovery gave Verot the ball on Westminster's 18 yard line. The Warriors held, so Logan Mcleod came through with a 30-yard field goal.

In the second quarter, the Vikings took over on the Warriors' 38. A short drive ended when Mcleod missed a 32-yarder. Another possession in Westminster Christian territory was thwarted by a Verot fumble.

The Vikings finally got the ground game going in the second quarter, with Brandon Peck bulling the ball downfield. William Haley then broke a tackle behind the line and raced 33 yards for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead with 4:52 in the first half.

Haley led Bishop Verot with 98 yards rushing on 14 carries, while Peck carried 14 times for 81 yards.

Friday's game was played on artificial turf, so there was no mud. Still, all the rain made for a slick football that kept eluding players' grasps. Westminster Christian fumbled three times on its first series, finally losing one to Reynolds. Bishop Verot also dropped three footballs in the first half, with Westminster recovering one of the three.

The rain slacked off to a drizzle by halftime, and had just about stopped by the fourth quarter. It resumed shortly after the final play.

Still, by game's end, Westminster Christian had fumbled eight times, losing two. The Vikings fumbled twice, losing two, and had a pass intercepted in the Warriors' end zone.

Bottom line the scoreboard read Bishop Verot 10, visitors 0.

Those were the only numbers that really mattered.

"Not exactly ideal conditions," Vogelbach said. "I'm proud of our guys for fighting and being resilient. We obviously had some things that didn't go our way. They kept fighting and they were successful.

"That's two in a row, and I'm proud of our guys."

Westminster Christian - 0 0 0 0 0

Bishop Verot - 3 7 0 0 10

First quarter

BV Logan Mcleod, 30-yard field goal

Second quarter

BV William Haley, 33-yard run. Mcleod kick

Clewiston tops Mariner, 28-11:

Anthony Arsenault scored the Tritons' touchdown on an interception return in the third quarter. Andrew Kibler kicked a field goal for Mariner, and Rashawn Hunter scored a two-point conversion after Arsenault's touchdown.

Mariner falls to 1-2, 0-2 in District 5A-12. Clewiston improved to 2-2, 1-0.



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