Franklin, O’Dell Help Bishop Amat Dominate La Habra 44-14

Bishop Amat QB Tobin O’Dell completed 86 percent of his passes to 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bishop Amat to a 44-14 win over La Habra in the Lancers’ season opener.

O’Dell, a 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound senior, ended the game 18-of-21 and had a string of 15 straight completions at one point. On the receiving end of six of those completions was 2023 prospect Delano Franklin.

Franklin’s early 22-yard reception set up RB Julien Lopez’s first touchdown. Franklin would catch a 53-yard scoring pass from O’Dell and finished the night with 158 yards receiving. Franklin holds eight FBS offers with Georgia, Florida State, and Miami leading the way. The 5-10, 170-pound junior just picked up another offer on Tuesday from Arizona.

Franklin was offered by Arizona this week.

Here’s a look at Franklin’s highlights from Friday night against La Habra.

Franklin vs. La Habra 8-30-21

Bishop Amat Roster Deep

Franklin is the Lancers top college prospect, the rest of the Amat roster is also very talented. A handful of Lancers have already received FBS offers.

In addition to Franklin, Tiumalu Afalava is a 6-3, 250-pound junior defensive end who is starting to gain traction across the country. Afalava was active in Friday night’s game as you can see below.

Afalava vs. La Habra 8-30-21

Afalava holds a few offers already. Florida International, Miami, Florida State, and Michigan have all offered the 2023 prospect. His most recent offer was from UNLV.

Afalava was offered by UNLV at the beginning of August

Aiden Ramos is a 5-10, 205-pound running back who actually sat out the game against La Habra allowing Lopez to score four touchdowns. Ramos has been offered by FIU.

What’s Next?

After a surprising 1-4 spring season, Bishop Amat starts the fall campaign with a very good win over a solid program in La Habra. Lancers head coach Steve Hagerty talks about the season-opening victory in a post-game interview.

Lancers head coach Steve Hagerty

Prior to the coronavirus-shortened spring season, Bishop Amat had gone 5-0 in the Mission League in consecutive seasons (2018, 2019). Another Mission League title is not out of the question, but the near future holds a few challenges for Hagerty and the Lancers.

This coming Friday, Sept. 3, Bishop Amat will travel to No. 6 St. John Bosco. The Braves are already 2-0 having beaten Miami Central and fellow Mission League member Alemany. O’Dell, Franklin, and the Lancers running game will their hands full with a Braves defense that has allowed just 15 points so far.

The following week, the Lancers will host Servite, the No. 33 team in the nation (according to High School Football America). Servite, a member of the Trinity League like Bosco, is also 2-0 and is averaging 49 points per game.

The two games against Trinity League opponents should get Hagerty’s Lancers ready for Mission League play.

The victory over La Habra moved Bishop Amat into the top spot in the San Gabriel Valley rankings. La Habra, which lost in Week 1 to Upland, is now 0-2 and dropped to No. 10 in the rankings.

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