What a difference a week makes.
With quarterback Michael Bishop under center, the Corpus Christi Hammerheads (1-1) played inspired football Saturday night and beat the El Paso Generals (1-1), 37-17, in front of a crowd of nearly 2,000 people in the Central Pavilion Arena in Robstown.
It was a completely different kind of game from a week earlier when Corpus Christi lost its season opener to El Paso, 50-17.
Bishop, the former Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year from Kansas State University, was the difference offensively. He helped put Corpus Christi ahead early by scoring on a two-yard run and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Dunn. Signed just a few days earlier, Bishop completed 11 of 18 passes for 149 yards. He also led the team on the ground by rushing for 31 yards.
Running back Redford Borel scored on a 13-yard touchdown run, and kicker Rene Vasquez hit a 25-yard field goal.
The Hammerheads were just as impressive on defense. They intercepted Generals' quarterback Tommy Jones three times. Jason Lee, Johnny Anderson and Wali Mumin each had an interception in the game. The Hammerheads also scored on a turnover when Fred Wallace picked up a fumble and rambled six yards into the end zone.
Corpus Christi's defense didn't give up a score until the fourth quarter. The Generals' first 11 points were scored on defense on an interception return and two safeties.
Saturday's victory was the team's first under first-year head coach Roy Salas.
As big as Saturday's game was, the Hammerheads have another one Saturday when they play host to former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter and the Abilene Ruff Riders. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the Central Pavilion Arena.