Landon 26, Bullis 9
At 6 feet and 200 pounds, Landon running back Andy Loomis usually plows up the middle of the field for a few yards, often dragging along a couple of defenders with him. But last night the senior averaged nearly 11 yards per carry to lift the Bears to a 26-9 victory over host Bullis in an Interstate Athletic Conference game.
Loomis rushed for 220 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns -- including an unusual-for-him 70-yard carry -- to keep the Bears (6-2, 3-0) in contention for their first IAC title since 1999. Bullis (7-1, 3-1) suffered its first defeat.
"They [the Bulldogs] knew it was coming, but they couldn't stop it," said Landon senior tackle James Roth, who with senior tight end Andrew McDowell opened up the holes for Loomis. "They just couldn't stop him. In the first half, we came out trying trick plays, but it was power football that won this game."
At halftime, the Bears were trailing 9-7 and Loomis had amassed just 43 yards on eight carries. But Landon executed a 10-play, 75-yard drive at the beginning of the third quarter to take a 13-9 lead. Loomis accounted for 35 of those yards, including a one-yard touchdown run.
"I've never had so many yards in a game," Loomis said. "All the credit goes to the offensive line. They opened so many huge holes, and I got to choose where to go."
Loomis darted off the left side on Landon's next possession, and showed a rare glimpse of speed in a 70-yard run before being brought down at the Bullis 4-yard line. Two plays later, he scored on a one-yard run for a 20-9 lead with 2 minutes 3 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"He's just a brute," Bullis Coach Walt King said. "He just wears you down by himself. He showed he had more speed than we thought he had."
Landon's defense held Bullis scoreless in the second half. The Bears have allowed 54 points in seven games, and just 28 in the past four, which included a 42-0 shutout of three-time defending IAC champion Georgetown Prep.
"We didn't really get the pressure we wanted to on the quarterback in the first half," said defensive end Kyle Williams, who had two sacks. "When Loomis got that 70-yard run, it gave us a huge boost of confidence."
Landon took a 7-0 lead on a four-yard run by Connor Cassidy with 8:17 remaining in the first quarter. Bullis responded on the next possession with a 14-yard field goal by Paul Potemra. Joe Lefeged's four-yard touchdown run gave the Bulldogs a 9-7 lead at halftime.
Bullis senior running back Marcus Roberts returned from a high-ankle sprain that had kept him out of the lineup since Oct. 2, but managed 93 yards on 19 carries. Quarterback Brendan Holden, who returned from a separated shoulder, completed 10 of 18 passes for 120 yards.