Written by Corbett Smith
Bishop Lynch off to its best start ever
The recent history of Bishop Lynch football is painted right on the press box of Roffino Stadium.
Six state titles, four of them - 1988, 1994, 1995 and 1997 - under Bill Persinger, now four seasons into his second stint as coach at Bishop Lynch.
Yet, none of those lauded teams ever accomplished what this season's team has done. Bishop Lynch's 5-0 start is the best in the school's 48-year history.
"It's unbelievable," senior defensive back Frank Vecella said. "It's been a chance of a lifetime. It's indescribable - really, kind of every kid's dream. Every team's dream."
After their season-ending loss in the TAPPS playoffs last season to TC-Addison, a small, core group of players started lifting weights on their own at 6 in the morning each day. That small group has grown - it now includes a majority of the squad.
"They've formed a bond that's incredible," Persinger said.
That closeness has helped Bishop Lynch - ranked No. 2 in HSGametime's area large private school rankings - overcome the loss of five starters on offense from the second week of the season.
Behind quarterback Mark Czaus, they have cobbled together enough to get by. Czaus is among the area's private school leaders in rushing with 710 yards and 10 touchdowns. And Vecella is one of the area leaders in interceptions with four.
"We've fought through a lot of adversity, with injuries and everything," Czaus said. "But we've found ways to overcome that."
In the past, Bishop Lynch has sporadically played powers such as Jesuit and Highland Park before heading into TAPPS play.
Both of the 2002 and 2003 state championship teams lost to Highland Park in the fourth game of their seasons, their only losses.
This season, Persinger scheduled a less rocky path. But Persinger said while the start was nice, they have nothing to cheer about just yet. The schedule gets substantially tougher over the next four weeks.
Starting Friday, Bishop Lynch will face three teams ranked in the large private schools top five: No. 4 Argyle Liberty Christian, No. 1 Fort Worth Nolan and No. 3 Plano Prestonwood.
"It's going to be fun," Vecella said. "There's some great teams. It's definitely going to be a fight to win those. We're not going to just walk through it. We're going to have to put out everything we can."