SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - There were no Friday night lights, but the players from Chicago Hope Academy are still ending their West Coast road trip on a happy note. They're taking a win back to the Windy City.
The Eagles outlasted Bishop Diego 7-6 on Saturday at Santa Barbara City College after a power outage on Friday night knocked out La Playa Stadium's lights, forcing the game to be postponed a day.
The Eagles players came out to California earlier in the week and stayed in Santa Barbara with host families from Bishop Diego. On a warm and sunny Saturday, the game itself was a sloppy, defensive battle.
Bishop Diego (3-2) fumbled seven times and muffed two punt returns, losing five of the loose balls for turnovers. The Cardinals looked poised to tie the game when Matthew Bribiesca scored a fourth quarter rushing touchdown, but kicker Adam Luckhurst missed the extra point.
Chicago Hope (3-1) took a 7-0 lead in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Trevor Land to Neil Campbell. The Eagles were also out of sync on offense, throwing two interceptions and struggling to move the ball for much of the game.
Bishop Diego has a bye next week.