Friar defense devastates Texas High in season opener

Gabriel Murphy (5) had a huge night against Texas High with 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Gabriel Murphy (5) had a huge night against Texas High with 14 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

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.

Gabriel Murphy and Chris Sigsbee each had 3.5 sacks, Nodebe Ifeacho had three, Warren Walls brought the quarterback down twice and Aaron Hunter had 1.5 sacks.

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.

Grayson Murphy, Davis Peck and Jeremy Irving each pulled down an interception.

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.