Verot shuts out North Port 47-0
Bishop Verot picked up their second shutout win of the year as they trounced North Port 47-0 at Viking Stadium Thursday night.
Verot (4-3) looked impressive and poised on both sides of the ball all night, scoring on every drive but their last (clock expiring) and forcing five Bobcat (2-4) turnovers.
“We’re getting there,” said Verot head coach John Mohring on whether this was his team’s most complete performance of the season. “Our offense played well, defense played well, special teams gave up a few big returns and the penalties have got to stop.”
Senior quarterback Jacob Azizi led the way offensively for the Vikings, going 11-of-16 through the air for 169 yards and three touchdowns. He also added two scores with his legs, including a dazzling 27-yard scamper in the second quarter.
The Vikings were smooth operators on offense without their top playmaker in Miami commit Malik Curtis, totaling 409 yards.
Sophomore wideout Chris Graves reeled in a 39-yard score for the Viking’s first touchdown and shortly after came down with a 44-yard catch while falling on his back.
Sophomore running back Kerby Joseph had a career night on the ground, carrying the ball 25 times for a whopping 152 yards including two touchdowns.
“Our offense is finally starting to click. We’ve got playmakers on the offensive side of the ball,” Mohring said.
The Viking defense was just as impressive as the offense on this night, allowing a mere 106 total yards of offense to North Port.
“I’m glad we got the shutout. I’ve been trying to get our defense going,” Mohring said.
The player that may have shown the most poise and focus on the field all night was Azizi, who on Thursday was a cool customer in the pocket, went through his progressions and used his legs when necessary.
“I think with Josh (Vogelbach) taking the offensive coordinator role and taking less stress off of him, he’s getting to focus more on Jacob and the one-on-one time at practice, and it’s starting to show,” Mohring said. “Without spring ball it’s going to take some time. It’s starting to click, and that’s what we need. We’re getting better each week, and we want to peak in November.”
When asked about his young players having standout games, Mohring said part of the culture at Verot is to always be prepared.
“It’s what we preach at practice,” Mohring said. “We’re trying to get these guys more involved. We can’t rely on (one player) to win us every game. We need guys to step up when we play these good teams. That’s all that we’re asking right now — and they did this game. We’ve still got to get better and have a long way to go.”
Senior tight end Carson Powers had a productive night, bringing in four receptions for 25 yards including a 3-yard touchdown catch where he stayed with a bobbling ball before corralling it tightly.
Junior Jaden Humphries also caught a touchdown pass and finished with three receptions for 27 yards and the score. Viking senior Tyree Cherry added 88 yards of total offense.
Next week, Verot travels to Orlando to take on a talented Bishop Moore team.
“We’ve got to bring our A-game,” Mohring said. “I told the guys it’s playoff mentality from here on out. Every game has got to be played like it’s win or go home.”
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1 2 3 4 F
North Port 0 0 0 0 0
Bishop Verot 7 20 13 7 47
BV: Chris Graves 39-yard reception from Jacob Azizi (Deaglan Camron kick), 8:10
BV: Azizi 4-yard run (Camron kick), 9:56
BV: Kerby Joseph 1-yard rush (kick fail), 5:56
BV:Azizi 27-yard run (Cameron kick), 4:01
BV: Carson Powers 3-yard reception from Azizi (kick fail), 9:31
BV:Joseph 4-yard run (Camron kick), 7:57
BV: Jadon Humphries 11-yard reception from Azizi (Camron kick), 10:49