Some players dream of having good rushing games. It’s sometimes wishful thinking.
Episcopal senior running back T.J. Wisham makes his dreams come true with the help of a determined offensive line.
Wisham rushed 29 times for 237 yards and scored five touchdowns, including three in the third quarter, to help Episcopal defeat Dunham 34-7 Friday night. It was the third 200-yard rushing game of the season for Wisham, who has 1,729 rushing yards and 25 total TDs.
Episcopal (8-2, 6-1) finished as the District 6-2A runner-up to Madison Prep (10-0, 7-0). Dunham (7-3, 4-3) will also make the playoffs.
“T.J. Wisham played great,” Dunham coach Neil Weiner said. “Their offensive line was outstanding. They just outclassed us tonight. The team that plays best wins. We’ll regroup and get ready for the playoffs.”
Bourgeois said Wisham is a strong player and was proud he was able to maintain his footing on a soggy field.
“T.J. Wisham has great vision and we got him running downhill in the second half,” he said. “We’re looking forward to Week 11.”
Dunham drove 54 yards in 11 plays on its opening series to take a 7-0 lead on Tony Huey’s 1-yard run. Sophomore quarterback Mike Williams completed his first six passes, including four in this drive. His fourth-down pass to Abel Duhon kept the drive alive.
Dunham gained one first down on its next drive before Episcopal senior Taylor Rotolo sacked Williams on second down and blocked Ellis Herring’s punt on fourth down.
That set up Wisham’s 14-yard TD run on the next play. Episcopal’s ensuing two-point pass fell incomplete and Dunham led 7-6 with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter.
It was Senior Night for Episcopal and Bourgeois said was proud of his seniors, who have won 34 games in four seasons.
“We were a little tight early,” Bourgeois said. “That blocked punt by Rotolo was big. He did a great job of containment as defensive end. I was really proud of our defense pitching a shutout after that first series.”
Wisham had 54 yards rushing on nine carries in the first half.
Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois made a halftime adjustment in the blocking assignments and Wisham helped the Knights score 21 points in the third quarter on three possessions.
In the third period, the Knights drove 65 yards in three plays with Wisham scoring on a 46-yard run off left tackle as EHS led 13-7.
EHS then drove 70 yards in eight plays. This time, Wisham scored from 14 yards out to put the Knights up 20-7 with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter.
Dunham’s Traylan Mouton fumbled the ensuing kickoff return at his own 7-yard line. Three plays later, Wisham scored on a 3-yard run for a 27-6 lead.
Dunham drove inside the Episcopal 30-yard line. On fourth down, Episcopal’s Daniel Johnson deflected a Williams pass.
Episcopal picked up a first down before ending the series with a fumble. Dunham’s next series ended when Episcopal’s Joseph Schwartzenburg sacked Williams.
Williams rushed 14 times for 34 yards and completed 12 of 25 passes for 107 yards. Huey added 42 yards rushing on 11 carries. Derek Stingley had five catches for 71 yards.
Mac Bridges also recovered a fumble for EHS. Wisham scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.