With Bullis Coach Walt King attending the wedding of his daughter yesterday, the Bulldogs decided to give him even more reason to celebrate: a 19-7 victory over host St. Albans in an Interstate Athletic Conference game in Northwest Washington.
Bullis (3-1, 1-0) entered the game averaging 54 points per game, but it was the Bulldogs' defense that earned most of the credit against St. Albans. An interception by linebacker Freddie Leighton in the second quarter and a tough goal line stand in the third stymied a St. Albans offense that struggled despite getting 202 rushing yards from senior Lemi Joyner.
"They're a good team," Dan Rascher, a 17-year Bullis assistant who was standing in for King, said of St. Albans. "They've been in three tough games that they've either won or lost in the last second. They don't quit. . . . We preached that defense was going to have to step up."
The Bullis defense set the tone early, preventing St. Albans (2-2, 0-1) from getting a first down on its first two possessions of the game. Bullis then drove 65 yards in four plays to take a 6-0 lead on a two-yard touchdown by Marcus Roberts with 4 minutes 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The drive also included a 38-yard strike from Brendan Holden to Marcus Dorsey.
Leighton corralled a high, floating St. Albans pass in the second quarter and ran 25 yards to set up Bullis at the St. Albans 17. One play later, Holden completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Myers for a 12-0 lead at the intermission.
St. Albans gained some momentum early in the third quarter when Robert Wilkinson recovered a fumbled snap by Bullis at the St. Albans 11-yard line. But St. Albans committed two penalties and eventually was forced to punt the ball from the 10-yard line.
"We're struggling a little offensively," St. Albans Coach Doug Boswell said. "We're not putting it all together when we need to put it all together. . . . One breakdown hurts us. We have to play nearly perfect football against a team like Bullis."
On its second drive of the fourth quarter, St. Albans got its lone touchdown on a four-yard pass from Wylie Galvin to tight end Stuart Kenworthy with 5 minutes 22 seconds remaining. But sophomore running back Joe Lefeged broke for a 39-yard score up the middle of the defense to give Bullis its final margin of victory.
Joyner carried 24 times for 202 yards, while Roberts led Bullis with 128 yards on 20 carries. Holden completed 7 of 14 passes for 132 yards.
Good News for Little Hoyas
Georgetown Prep senior defensive back Kevin Lombardi was at home and in good condition last night after suffering an injury that gave teammates, opposing players and fans a scare in the Little Hoyas' 44-14 loss at Gilman in Baltimore.
Lombardi was knocked unconscious when he took a knee to the side of his helmet while making a tackle on a sweep, Georgetown Prep Coach Dan Paro said. The game was halted for about 20 minutes to treat Lombardi, and then the player was taken to Sinai Hospital. He regained consciousness on the field and quickly was able to move his extremities, Paro said.
"He came in with his head up; he didn't have his head down" as he made the tackle, Paro said.
Lombardi was released from the hospital early in the evening after it was determined he had not suffered any serious injuries beyond a concussion, Paro said.
The injury came a week after a Loyola player fractured a vertebra in his neck while trying to make a tackle against Georgetown Prep. The player is listed in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma.
Friday night, a player at Park View High was taken to the hospital after suffering a neck injury, but was released later that night with no serious injuries.
Glenelg senior running back Trey Crayton rushed for 103 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on seven carries to lead his team to a 42-7 victory over visiting Centennial in a Howard County game yesterday.
Crayton scored on runs of 11, 53 and 25 in the game's first 17 minutes 12 seconds as the three-time defending champions improved to 5-0 overall and in league play for the third consecutive year.
Glenelg junior running backs Mack Loyd and Blake Mullinix each recorded the longest touchdown runs of their careers, scoring on runs of 71 and 72 yards in the third quarter. Centennial (0-5, 0-5) has not defeated Glenelg since 1998. . . .
In a 40-6 win over Parkdale, C.H. Flowers senior RB Brandon McRae ran the ball 14 times for 247 yards, upping his season total to 777 yards through five games. He is averaging 10 yards per carry on the season.
In the win, Flowers did not attempt a single pass. As a team, the Jaguars ran 32 times for 413 yards.
Staff writer Jon Gallo and special correspondent Ross Gianfortune contributed to this report.