A 35-yard touchdown run by John Heckler, his second score, helped give Bullis a 22-14 victory over Sidwell Friends in an Interstate Athletic Conference game yesterday at Bullis.
Heckler gained 146 yards on 24 carries. Mike D'Orsey completed six of eight passes for 95 yards to help Bullis maintain a slim lead throughout.
Bullis completed a 6-2 record, 2-2 in the IAC. The Bulldogs still have a mathematical chance to share the IAC crown. Landon must lose its final two games.
Sidwell was left at 4-3 overall, 1-2 in the conference, with a home game remaining against St. Stephen's. If the Quakers win, they also could share the title.
"Heckler just ran for daylight," said victorious coach Walt King. "We just say 'find the crack and go' to him, and Mike (DeOrsey) threw the ball as well as he ever has in the three years he's started. He went out a winner."
It wasn't until the second quarter that Bullis struck. DeOrsey completed three passes, including two to pero Tshontikidis, who finished with five catches for 79 yards. On the 21st play of the march, Heckler bucked over from the one. A leaping conversion catch by Tshontikidis gave the Bull-dogs an 8-0 lead.
Two plays later, the Quakers stuck back. A 40-yard runback by Robert Mitchell was followed by a 60-yard touchdown pass play from Carlos Garcia to Paul Barlett, all alone down field.
Garcia completed five of 10 passes for 110 yards. Bartlett was his favorite target. His four catches netted 94 yards.
Garcia's arm kept Sidwell in the game. The Quakers gained only 16 yards rushing in the first half. They finished with 114 yards on the ground.
With the score 8-6, Heckler gained 40 yards in a third-quarter drive to the Friends three. On fourth down, DeOrsey passed to Tshonbtikidis in the end zone. The kick by Howard Lee lifted BUllis to a 15-6 lead.
Friends wasted no time in coming back. Simeon Euell returned the kick-off 55 yards to the Bullis 35. Mitchell then took a handoff and was barely touched as he scored.
Garcia passed to Bartlett for the conversion to make the score 15-14.
The ball exchanged hands twice before Bullis began another touchdown drive. Heckler charged 35 yards for the score on the fourth play of the series.
Friends had a chance to take the lead after Heckler's second touchdown. Moving from its one following a successful goal-line stand with six minutes to go, Garcia led the Quakers to tbe Bullis 30. However, a holding penalty and a sack by Bill Murray ended the threat.