Chandler Seton Catholic quarterback David Gesicki completed 12 of 19 passes for 152 yards and carried eight times for 76 yards had a pair of touchdowns — one running and one passing — in Seton’s 41-13 win over host Phoenix Bourgade Catholic Friday.
Division IV Seton (9-1) retained the Bishop’s Cup and was too experienced, too big, too quick and too good for Division V Bourgade (4-6) in and interdivision game.
Gesicki, Seton’s quarterback for most of the season after last year’s starter, Ryan Bresnahan has been sidelined with a broken throwing hand, engineered five of Seton’s first six possessions, each touchdown scoring drives. Bresnahan returned to action Friday night and directed a scoring drive of his own, giving Seton coach Rex Bowser a problem a lot of coaches would like to have as the playoffs begin next week.
“We’re very fortunate to have two good quarterbacks,” said Bowser, who would not say who would be his starter in the playoffs. “We’ll just take it from here and see how it goes.”
Despite the lopsided outcome, the game started Bourgade’s way, as quarterback Randy Davies raced off right tackle for 70 yards on the game’s first play from scrimmage to the Seton 7, setting up his own 7-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Estfan and a quick 7-0 lead.
Seton quickly went to work, as Gesicki completed three passes for 36 yards on a 5-play, 52-yard drive after Bourgade’s onside kick attempt. Antonio Campanella capped the drive with a 2-yard run to tie the game at 7-7.
Gesicki again masterfully directed Seton downfield, this time completing 4 of 6 passes for 61 yards on a 10-play, 71-yard drive, capped again by Campanella’s TD run, this of 4 yards for a 14-7 Seton lead.
Eric Probst carried in from 20 yards out to up the Seton lead to 20-7 as time ran out in the first quarter.
Seton’s offensive onslaught continued into the second quarter.
Bresnahan came in and directed a 9-play, 85-yard drive, capped by a 42-yard touchdown strike down the left sideline to Kaleb Krick for a 27-7 lead.
Gesicki returned and fired a 22-yard TD pass to Probst with 16 seconds left in the half and Seton took at 34-7 lead at intermission.
Bourgade entered the game 14th in the Division V rankings, and is hopeful to finish in the top 16 and qualify for the state playoffs after Friday’s results.
“We came into the season hoping to win the games we were supposed to win and also try to win a couple that we weren’t supposed to win, and that’s how it went,” Bourgade coach Pat Lavin said.
Bourgade’s Zach Rodriguez wrapped up the scoring with a splendid catch in the end zone on a 24-yard pass from Davies with 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Seton has won 11 of the 15 Bishop’s Cup games between the two schools.