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Bishop Diego Runs All Over Nordhoff, Sets Up Title Showdown With Grace Brethren

Top-ranked and undefeated Bishop Diego unleashed is powerful running game on Nordhoff, rolling up 335 yards and scoring six touchdowns en route to a 52-0 football victory on Friday night in Ojai.

The win sets up a showdown with Grace Brethren for the Tri-Valley League championship next Friday at La Playa Stadium. Grace Brethren beat Santa Paula 49-0 to improve to 2-0 in the four-team league and 7-2 overall.

Bishop lost to Grace Brethren last year, 19-17, in Simi Valley.

“We’ve got to be pleased with the way we’ve been playing,” Bishop Diego coach Tom Crawford told reporters, “but Grace Brethren is so well-coached and so physical that I think we’re in for a real challenge next week. But it will be a great high school football environment.”

Bishop Diego (9-0, 2-0), the No. 1 team in Division 6 of the CIF-Southern Section, recorded its fourth straight shutout and played with a running clock in the second half. The Cardinals have outscored their last four opponents 229-0.

Senior running back John Harris rushed for 162 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns. He had an 80-yard jaunt on the first play of the second half to give the Cardinals a 45-0 lead. 

Adrian Sorocco ran for two scores (16 and 25 yards) and gained 82 yards on just seven rushes. 

Evan McKeegan got some playing time on offense and caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Gladish. McKeegan also intercepted a pass, as did Will Goodwin.

Harris got Bishop Diego going with a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Cardinals quickly added two more scores in the quarter on Soracco runs of 16 and 21 yards.

A 25-yard run by Harris made it 28-0 in the second quarter. Jack Luckhurst booted a season-long 43-yard field and Harris had a 1-yard TD to give the Cardinals a 38-0 lead at halftime.

It was 52-0 at the end of three quarters and Harris' 80 yarder and Gladish's scoring strike to McKeegan.

Bishop Diego outgained Nordhoff 469 yards to 129.

Noozhawk sports editor Barry Punzal can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk Sports on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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