TEXARKANA – What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Friars were outdone by a bigger and faster Texas High squad, but this time the Friars were the punishers, sacking the Tiger quarterback 13 times and holding the hosts to negative rushing yards in a 24-7 season-opening win Friday.
Murphy also totaled a team-high 14 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in an absolutely devastating defensive performance. Bishop Lynch (1-0) held the Tigers to minus-13 yards on 28 carries and also picked off Texas High quarterback Coltin Clack three times.
Senior Sam Vrana commanded the Friar passing attack, completing 10-of-15 passes for 186 yards and all three Friar touchdowns. Two of those went to Jarek Broussard, who pulled down team-highs of six catches and 132 yards. Broussard had 304 all-purpose yards in the game (132 receiving, 44 rushing, 128 return).
Donovan Payne outleaped a defender for a 15-yard touchdown that put the Friars ahead for good in the second quarter.
This week, Bishop Lynch opens its home schedule against the Irving High Tigers (1-0). The game can be seen live at http://bit.ly/BLathletics.