Bellarmine- Jefferson High quarterback Brendon Doyle waited three
games to make a big impact with the Guards’ offense.
Graced with a devastating running game, there wasn’t a need for
Doyle to throw much, as his team rolled to two victories to begin the
However Saturday, Doyle got into the mix in a big way in a
nonleague game against Claremont Webb, helping Bell-Jeff to a
convincing 55-18 victory at Memorial Field.
Doyle -- a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior -- completed seven of nine
passes for 175 yards and had three touchdowns and no interceptions in
a balanced Guard offensive attack.
The Guards also were lethal on the ground, as junior running back
Derek Leiphardt rushed for 242 yards in 11 carries and scored three
touchdowns. He had scoring runs of 72, 28 and 70 yards.
In three games, Leiphardt has 660 yards in 27 carries -- a 24.4
yards-per-carry average -- and 10 touchdowns for Bell-Jeff (3-0),
which is ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division XII.
“I was just waiting my turn to help out the team as much as I
can,” Doyle said. “It didn’t matter that much that I didn’t get to
throw in the first two games, as long as we won.
“But it was nice to get back into things and contribute a little
more than I have in the first two.”
In throwing touchdown passes of 64 and 29 yards to Matt Magallon,
and one for five yards to Alex Rivas, Doyle was surprised at Webb’s
defensive coverage. On all of the scoring passes, the Bell-Jeff
receivers were wide open, allowing Doyle to easily hook up with his
“When I dropped back to look for my receivers, I couldn’t believe
it,” said Doyle, who kicked an extra point and threw for a second.
“There were no [Webb] players around our guys. I was really surprised
at how open they were. I just wanted to make sure I got the ball to
Doyle was kept busy against the Gauls, as he also did the punting
for the Guards and had an interception from his safety spot.
Although Webb (1-1) had its problems on defense, the team had a
decent offensive effort, led by wide receiver Blake Crawford.
Crawford caught two touchdown passes (74 and 29 yards) from
quarterback James MacArthur.
MacArthur was constantly hounded by Guards’ defenders, as he
completed 12 of 30 passes for 202 yards and had two touchdowns and
Magallon caught five passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns.