Battery Creek put forth a good effort Friday on the road against two-time defending state 2-A Division II champion Bishop England. But the Dolphins came up short, falling 17-0 to the Bishops.
The Dolphins held Bishop England to 17 points, but could muster just 133 yards of total offense and no points.
"Our defense played very well," Battery Creek coach Jim Shuman said. "We forced a missed field goal, stopped them inside the 20 twice. Offense, we just couldn't get any rhythm. They have an outstanding defense."
Battery Creek (2-4, 1-2 Region 6-AA) trailed just 7-0 at the half after Reed Fosberry's 30-yard scoring pass to Lawton Fosberry.
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But the Bishops (4-2, 3-0) added Nick Shiver's 3-yard scoring run and Matthew Mellin's 37-yard field goal in the second half while keeping the Dolphins off the scoreboard.
"They're a two-time defending state champion for a reason," Shuman said. "They're a good football team."
Nick Shiver led the Bishops with 96 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while quarterback Reed Fosberry rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries and completed 5 of 14 passes for 113 yards and a score. Lawton Fosberry caught three passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
For the Dolphins, Josh Roberts led the team with 45 yards on nine carries, while standout Yuneek Crittendon netted just 36 yards on 11 carries.
Battery Creek hosts Woodland next Friday on Hall of Fame night.