Bishop Amat gets big plays in opening win over Valencia

As we walked down Orange Avenue in La Puente alongside Bishop Amat, there were clear signs that high school football was back. The smell of hot links and carne asada being grilled and the sight of beef ribs being devoured were part of a total tailgating scene. One group had nine large Costco pizzas lined up on a table. The school-sponsored food stand sold hot dogs that cost $1 last year for $2. Larger Lancer dogs went from $2 last year to $4.50.

On the natural grass pitch at the Kiefer stadium, the Valencia players were probably scared. “Our kids won’t know what weed is,” joked one assistant coach.

The start of the 2022 high school football season kicked off Thursday night, and Bishop Amat fans were pleased with the results. Touchdown receptions of 78 yards from Julian Borrayo and 52 yards from Delano Franklin in the first half put the Lancers on track to a 29-6 win over defending Division 5 champions Valencia.

Franklin displayed his athleticism throughout the night, scoring three touchdowns. In addition to his first-half TD, he scored on a one-yard run, made a 48-yard touchdown catch, and also had an interception. Bishop Amat led 15-3 at halftime, then was intercepted by Julian Lopez to start the second half and set up Franklin’s TD run.

Munoz completed nine of 17 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns.

Bishop Amat is in the Mission League, where the arrival of Sierra Canyon will force the Lancers to keep improving to deal with the likes of the Trailblazers, Gardena Serra and Chaminade, not to mention an out-of-league game against St John Bosco.

The game was delayed by almost 30 minutes with 7:15 remaining in the third quarter when Valencia receiver Brandon Boateng’s helmet flew off after a catch while being hit by two Bishop Amat players. He fell to the ground and was immediately treated by medical personnel. Officials called for a 15-yard penalty on Bishop Amat and expelled Lopez. An ambulance was called. Boateng moved his legs and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. He had eight catches for 83 yards and was Valencia’s leading player.

Stacy Bey, a junior transfer from Jurupa Hills, played impressive linebackers for Bishop Amat.

Kicker Cameron Fontal made field goal attempts from 34 and 27 yards for Valencia. Bishop Amat gets big plays in opening win over Valencia

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