Friday night, the Bishop Lynch crowd witnessed something special from their seats in Roffino Stadium. Spectacular individual performances sparked Lynch's 40-21 victory over 4A #2-ranked Celina High School. Coming into the game, Celina had shown their typical, dominant identity, losing only to Argyle High School before coming to play BL on Friday. With a visitor's side draped in orange and white, a large Celina crowd came down to Dallas to watch a battle unfold. What they were on hand to see was something that Bishop Lynch fans will talk about for decades to come.
In one of the most impressive individual performances in school history, senior RB Rawleigh Williams III rushed the ball 22 times for 310 yards and a school-record 6 TDs. While his yards per carry of only 14.0 paled in comparison to the 23.2 yards per carry he averaged against Dallas Carter in Week 1, Williams III proved that he could grind and mash against a defense that was designed to stop him. He ran over and through the Celina defense all night, having his way paved by the performance of his offensive linemen, who for the fourth straight week have given Williams III the chance to hit the open field with green in front. Junior C Andrew Kelly, Junior Gs Grayson Dickinson and Anthony Urieta, Junior T Thomas Hennen and Senior T Michael Howell have put together a nice effort each week as the team heads into district play.
Last week against Sachse, the defense did not perform as expected, but the unit rebounded nicely this week. Although it allowed too many rushing yards to a good Celina team, the defense played stout all night, turning three turnovers into a Friar victory. Junior OLB Gabe Brace had another dominant performance, totaling 17 tackles, 4 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and recovering one more. His tackles for loss resulted in 47 net yards lost for Celina. Senior ILB David Rochester played strong in the middle all night as well, registering a mind-boggling 20 total tackles against the Bobcats.
The Friars open district play this week by traveling to Midland to take on TAPPS District 1-5A newcomer Midland Christian. The Mustangs moved up to TAPPS 5A this year after winning the TAPPS 4A State Championship last season. The game will be played at Midland Christian at 7:30 pm on Friday night.