After a disappointing road game loss last week, the Bishop Amat Lancers came back home to Kiefer Stadium and their winning ways, with a dominating 49-24 victory over perennial rival Bishop Alemany, Friday night.
The question of the night was whether the Lancers could get back their mojo after the league loss to Serra. The Lancers provided the answer pretty quickly as Tyler Vaughns took the Alemany Warriors' first punt and returned it to the five yard line. After that, it was Torreanho Sweet taking it for the first of his three touchdowns of the night, including a 31-yard scamper.
How good of a Homecoming was it? The offensive machine was back, firing on all cylinders. Quarterback Damien Garcia didn't have to punt until the third quarter as the Lancers scored on their first five offensive series. Garcia connected with both his star receivers: a 38-yard pass to Vaughns and a 55-yard strike to Trevon Sidney. It definitely was a homecoming for Sidney, who was out most of the season with injury woes. And, Sidney scored on a 17-yard pass from backup quarterback Ryder Ruiz.
The defense also got in the action as Clarence Carter, III, took an interception for a score. Alemany could only muster one significant drive for a 43-yard field goal. The rest of their scores came during the clean-up time of the game.
The home field is definitely the place where the Lancers have the advantage. The second team got to see some action as the the running clock came into play once again.
The Lancers have proven to be resilient this year, coming back from their two losses with a vengeance.
The mojo seems to be working again.
Can they keep it working for their next two games on the road? That will be answered next week as they travel to face Chaminade.
Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home—for the Best Ticket in Town.
"On a personal note, Homecoming is always a special time for this writer. It was three years ago that I got to escort my daughter, Olivia Hummer, during Bishop Amat's Homecoming celebration. She spent four great years at Amat, (just like her mother), and becoming a part of this tradition of excellence has been a wonderful experience for me. Go Big Blue!"
Hugo is a contributing writer to the ConceptuaLine blog and an accomplished copywriter in both English and Spanish. Catch him on Friday nights supporting Lancer football.