Fifth-ranked Episcopal overcame three first-half turnovers, and Jarrell Rogers rushed for two touchdowns as the Knights bounced The Dunham School with a 47-14 victory on Friday night at Episcopal.
Tailback Mike Henry led the charge for Episcopal (9-1, 4-1 in District 7-2A), rushing for 77 yards on nine attempts with one touchdown.
Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois commended the Dunham defense for its first-half effort.
“It’s all about the fundamentals of football,” Bourgeois said. “Their defense did a great job of getting after the ball.”
Dunham (4-6, 2-3) was led by tailback Jordan Lange, who rushed 17 times for 67 yards.
The Knights got on the board first late in the first quarter, set up by a Henry interception that gave the ball to Episcopal at the Dunham 37.
It took just one play as quarterback Vincent Dellocono found senior Tylor Harris across the middle on a short pass, with Harris shedding a tackle and scampering 37 yards to the end zone to give Episcopal a 7-0 lead.
Following a three-and-out by the Tigers, a high snap on a punt set up solid field position for the Knights at the Dunham 27-yard line.
Four plays later, Henry plowed in for a 3-yard score, giving the Knights a 14-0 lead with 10:51 left in the half.
Yet it was the Knights defense that proved to be the difference in the first half, shutting down Dunham on three consecutive possessions inside their red zone.
The Episcopal offense came out of halftime clicking on all cylinders, driving 76 yards on eight plays, highlighted by a 28-yard run by Henry.
Two plays later, Rogers dashed 23 yards on the end-around to give Episcopal the 21-0 lead with 8:33 left in the third quarter.
On Dunham’s ensuing possession, a botched snap by the Tigers was picked up by Gaines Hanks, who ran untouched 45 yards for a TD to give Episcopal a dominating 28-0 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the third.
The Knights forced another three-and-out and then drove 62 yards on five plays, capped by Harris’ second score of the game on a 2-yard dash, giving Episcopal a 35-0 lead at the 3:32 mark of the third quarter.
Dunham finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, putting together an eight-play, 61-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown reception by Austin Miller, making it 35-7.
Rogers notched his second score of the game on the ensuing possession, this time rushing 35 yards on a sweep right. After a blocked extra point, the Knights led 41-7 midway through the fourth.
Bourgeois complimented Rogers.
“He’s really established himself,” Bourgeois said. “We’ve always had confidence in him. We know what he can do and we’re real fortunate to have a guy like him.”
And while Episcopal will wait until Sunday to find out their playoff matchup next week, Bourgeois said he already knows what they’ll be working on in practice.
“We need to eliminate the turnovers,” Bourgeois said. “Now, it comes down to good execution and playing fundamentally-sound football.”