Episcopal’s Mike Henry ran wild over Capitol at Memorial Stadium on Friday, rushing for 143 yards and three touchdowns and adding a 38-yard receiving score to lead the Knights to a 38-0 win.
Quarterback Vincent Dellocono was also outstanding for Episcopal (8-1, 3-1 in District 7-2A), with 132 yards and two touchdowns on 8-of-13 passing. Jarrell Rogers led all Knights receivers with four catches for 64 yards and a one touchdown.
“Mike’s been our guy all year,” said Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois. “He’s very versatile for us, and our O-line did a good job of opening holes for us.”
The undermanned Lions (0-9, 0-3 in 7-2A) were overwhelmed by the Knights’ size and depth from the opening, and were led by 14-year-old quarterback Joseph McWilliams, who passed for 53 yards and also added an interception on defense.
“We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing for us,” said Capitol coach Damieon Mills. “Our kids have a lot of heart, but when you get down to it, they just don’t have the experience of playing under the Friday night lights.”
Episcopal capped its first drive with a perfectly-thrown 38-yard touchdown pass from Dellocono to Henry that saw Henry catch the ball in stride and outrun a defender into the end zone.
Henry took over for Episcopal on either side of the first quarter break, rushing for a 2-yard score on his last carry of the first quarter and a 56-yard score on the Knights’ first carry of the second quarter.
Episcopal went for it on fourth-and-long near midfield on its next drive and converted when Henry rushed for 13 yards. The tailback picked up his fourth touchdown of the night at the end of the drive when he ran it in from 12 yards out.
The only thing standing between Henry and a clean sweep of Episcopal’s first half touchdowns was Rogers, who broke the streak with a 39-yard scoring reception from Dellocono late in the second quarter.
The Knights took a 35-0 lead into the halftime break on the strength of Henry’s four touchdowns and Rogers’ catch. A running clock in the second half ensued the score never got more out of hand and limited the damage for a Lions team that only had one upperclassman manning a skill position.
Episcopal was held out of the end zone in the second half and added a 30-yard field goal by Austin Couvillion to stretch its lead to 38-0. Couvillion, was 5-for-5 on extra points.
“It’s week nine, and heading toward the end of the season we want to execute and be clicking on all cylinders,” said Bourgeois. “The playoffs are just around the corner.”