NEWPORT COAST — Dressed in sweats, Taylor Petty was closer to going to bed than playing for Sage Hill School on Saturday night.
Sage Hill was without its best athlete. Bad timing when the Lighting played host to The Bishop's, the defending CIF State Division IV champion.
Petty, out with a leg issue, saw the Knights run away with a 57-7 victory. The Lighting missed their senior against the program from La Jolla.
Without Petty at quarterback, the offense went nowhere. Without Petty at safety, the defense failed to stop the big play.
Before halftime, the PA announcer asked fans to come up for names for the Sage Hill defense.
The defense remained nameless and you might understand why. Coming off a bye week, the Lightning (1-3) gave up the most points in a game this season.
During Sage Hill's three-game skid, the defense has allowed 143 points. A lack of offense hasn't helped the defense stay off the field.