Bishop England forced six turnovers and rode brothers Reed and Lawton Fosberry to a 33-14 victory at Porter-Gaud on Friday night.
Senior Reed Fosberry intercepted two passes in the first half and gave the Battling Bishops the lead for good with a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Sophomore Lawton Fosberry made sure the lead would stand up, returning two fourth-quarter interceptions for scores as Bishop England (1-2) earned its first win of the season
“We definitely capitalized on turnovers which in the last few games has been the reverse,” Bishop England coach John Cantey said. “We had given up three scores coming in by fumbling the football but we were able to turn it around tonight. It was a huge confidence builder for our defense.”
Bishop England senior running back Nick Shiver ran for 180 yards on 17 carries, and ripped off a 74-yard touchdown run off an option pitch on the second play from scrimmage to stake the Bishops to a 7-0 advantage.
Porter-Gaud (2-2) answered by converting three third downs on its ensuing drive before quarterback Steven Duncan connected with Foster Moe for a 24-yard touchdown on 4th-and-6 to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:38 left in the opening quarter. The Cyclones turned the ball over on each of their next four possessions, though, allowing Bishop England to take a 13-7 advantage into halftime.
The score stayed that way until early in the fourth quarter, when Lawton Fosberry stepped in front of a Duncan pass and raced 45-yards down the right sideline for the game-changing score. Bishop England stretched its lead to 26-7 following a three-and-out, as Shiver broke free for a 43-yard touchdown run off right tackle.
Following a quarterback sneak by Duncan that cut the Bishop England lead to 26-14 with 3:59 left, Porter-Gaud again drove deep into Bishops’ territory with less than 30 seconds to play. Lawton Fosberry then provided the exclamation point for Bishop England, picking off a tipped pass at the goal line and sprinting 100 yards the other way for the final score.
“I was just trying to pick up the team,” Fosberry said. “We weren’t playing as well as we should, and the interceptions really helped us step it up after that. We did what we needed to do.”
Duncan, Porter-Gaud’s sophomore quarterback, completed 17 of 39 passes for 225 yards, but was plagued by the four interceptions.
Bishop England opens region play at Academic Magnet next week, while Porter-Gaud is at Orangeburg Prep.
Bishop England 7 6 0 20—33
Porter-Gaud 7 0 0 7—14
BE: Nick Shiver 74 run (Matthew Mellin kick)
PG: Foster Moe 24 pass from Steven Duncan (Trey Low kick)
BE: Reed Fosberry 7 run (kick failed)
BE: Lawton Fosberry 45 interception return (run failed)
BE: Shiver 43 run (Mellin kick)
PG: Duncan 1 run (Low kick)
BE: Lawton Fosberry 100 interception return (Mellin kick)