Bellarmine-Jefferson High running back Derek Leiphardt has the Midas
However, instead of turning things into gold, the junior creates
touchdowns almost every time he touches the football.
Leiphardt touched the ball just five times Saturday afternoon and
managed to accumulate four touchdowns, as his Bell-Jeff team defeated
visiting Santa Fe League rival Daniel Murphy, 59-14, at Memorial
“I’m really happy with the way the kids played today. They played
with a lot of pride as a team. It is a great way to start league,”
Bell-Jeff Coach Rolando Aguirre said.
The victory against the Nobles helped the Guards (7-0) continue
their dominant start to the season. Bell-Jeff has gotten off to the
best start in the school’s 59-year history.
Combining a strong running game with a lethal passing attack --
led by senior quarterback Brendon Doyle -- the Guards were able to
jump two places into the No. 2 spot in CIF Southern Section Division
XII, trailing only top-ranked Bishop Union.
At game time, the temperature was 95 degrees, but the hot and
humid weather didn’t seem to hinder the Guards’ explosive
quick-scoring offense that has tallied 295 points and is averaging 49
points a game.
Bell-Jeff’s first drive lasted only three plays, and was concluded
with Leiphardt’s 55-yard touchdown scamper.
“It’s just awesome to see the offensive line make those huge holes
for me, and then it’s easy to follow,” Leiphardt said.
Following a Noble drive that resulted in a punt, the Guards got
the ball back at their own 18 to begin their second drive. After a
5-yard run, Doyle connected with Leiphardt for a 76-yard touchdown
pass -- one of three on the afternoon for Doyle.
Before the end of the first quarter, Leiphardt dashed his way
through the Murphy defense for a 58-yard touchdown.
As the quarter ended, the Guards found themselves with a
comfortable 32-0 lead.
Murphy (0-5) struggled through much of the game due to the
physical play of the Guard defense, which held its opponent to 180
yards of total offense.
On defense, Joey Diaz got into the act, as he intercepted a pass
and returned it for a 62-yard touchdown.
Doyle was able to take advantage of the spotty Noble defense,
which was inevitably slowed down by the heat, throwing six
completions for 204 yards.
As the two teams headed into the locker room at the half, the
Guards padded their lead to 46-0.
The teams agreed to a running clock throughout much of the second
half in attempt to speed up the game -- and to keep the contest from
becoming even more lopsided.
The running clock seemed to be the only thing that could limit the
Guards’ offensive explosion, as Bell-Jeff got only one possession in
the second half.
The Guards also received a fine defensive game from Carmichael
Curdy, who proved to be a thorn in Murphy’s side all day. He
intercepted a pass and returned it for 40-yard touchdown and
recovered a fumble.
Unfortunately for the Guards, they won’t get a chance to add to
their fine season this week, as they are off with a bye.
However, they will return to play L.A. Salesian in a league road
game on Oct. 31.