By John Stradley, Moderator, The Present Dei
In what could be billed as a defensive showdown in the Del Rey League opener, the Verbum Dei Eagles fell to the Bishop Montgomery Knights 14-21 September 30 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles’ Rancho Cienega Park. Touchdowns were far and few between, and the defensive lines and rushing of both squads kept the scoreboard barren for nearly the entire first half. Senior Full back Avery Crump plowed past the line of scrimmage to score one of the Eagles two touchdowns in the second half.
Bishop Montgomery, defending Del Rey League champions, effectively utilized on-side kicks numerous times to maintain possession, while the Eagles struggled to adapt to this strategy. The Eagles’ offense was primarily based on a running game; Verb’s passing game, so devastating to their opponents in earlier pre-league games, was largely absent Friday. Turnovers occurred with frequency.
When the Knights lost possession on downs after a failed 37-yard field goal attempt, the Eagle offense had a glimmer of hope for victory with a final down-field march in the last minutes of the game. The Eagles made a valiant drive toward a mid-field first down with a series of punchy running plays gaining 4-5 yards each, but the clock was against the offensive squad. The possession returned to Bishop Montgomery on downs with less than minute remaining in the fourth quarter.
The 3-2-0 overall Eagles will take on Bosco Tech October 8 in their second of six league games.