Football team wins 5A state over Bishop Carroll, 35-14

Clay Cosby, Staff writer

BV captured its fifth state championship with a 35 – 14 victory over Bishop Carroll on Saturday.
“It feels great,” senior Hayden Murray said. “Nine months ago we set our goal as state champs and we accomplished our goal.”
Quarterback, junior Kyle Zimmerman passed for three touchdowns including two to senior Paul DeBey.
“These seniors mean everything to us,” Zimmerman said.
Senior Kevin Foote intercepted a pass on Bishop Carroll’s opening drive and BV took over at the Eagles’ 15-yard line. However, BV fumbled the ball on the next play and Bishop Carroll regained possession.
After two Bishop Carroll three and outs, junior Austin Johnson converted on 31- and  34-yard field goals to take a 6 – 0 lead.
The Tigers’ defense forced another stop and BV took over on their own 43-yard line. BV capped off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown reception by junior Justin Fulks,  taking a 14 – 0 lead after a two-point conversion.
Bishop Carroll fumbled the ball on the following possession and BV recovered at the Eagles’ 35-yard line. Fulks finished the drive with a 7-yard touchdown rush.
After both teams traded interceptions, the Eagles began a drive at their own 29-yard line. The Eagles marched down the field and scored on a fake field goal to get on the board, trailing 21 – 7.
Senior Eric Skaggs intercepted a pass following a BV punt, leading to a 5-yard touchdown reception by DeBey to give the Tigers a 28 – 7 lead at the half.
“Last week we gave up 42 points; it feels good to come out strong and hold them to 14 [points] when they average 30 [points] a game,” Skaggs said.
BV began the half with a 55-yard swing pass to Fulks, setting up a 9-yard touchdown reception by DeBey to extend the Tiger’s lead to 35 – 7.
Bishop Carroll scored once more on an 11-yard touchdown pass before the final whistle.
“Anytime you can set a goal and accomplish it, it’s special,” coach Eric Driskell said. “These guys were going to be special no matter what.”