Bullis went into last night's game against Paul VI Catholic expecting to rely on its two offensive stars, quarterback Joseph Lefeged and running back Marcus Dorsey. Instead, in a 53-37 win at Bullis's Alumni Stadium, it was Lefeged, as a defensive end, and Dorsey, as a safety, who carried the Bulldogs.
At positions they considered secondary heading into the game, Dorsey and Lefeged dominated. Dorsey had three interceptions to set up the Bullis offense; Lefeged had three sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown. They also carried their usual load on offense, combining for 240 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
As a result, Bullis (2-0) handed Paul VI (2-1) its first loss of the season.
"Everybody knows about what we do on offense, but we step up on defense, too," said Dorsey, who has six interceptions and five touchdowns in two games this season. "Both sides of the ball can win you the game. This time, it happened to be defense."
Defense propelled the Bulldogs to a quick lead they never relinquished. Dorsey ran 43 yards for a touchdown on Bullis's first offensive play. On the next play from scrimmage, Lefeged blitzed Paul VI quarterback D.J. Mangas. Lefeged hit Mangas hard in the chest and the ball popped out. Lefeged picked it up and ran 12 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
It was a deficit Paul VI could not overcome, no matter how desperately it tried. Mangas, who had 500 yards combined in his teams first two games, played well again. The quarterback threw for 347 yards and ran for an additional 46, often willing his team into the end zone.
Every time Paul VI closed to within a touchdown, though, Bullis answered.
Kicker Paul Potemra -- who earned all-league honors last year in soccer and football -- made three field goals, one from 47 yards.
"We dug ourselves a hole, and we couldn't ever climb out of it," Paul VI Coach Pat McGroarty said. "So far this season, our offense had made the big plays for us. This time we gave up some big plays to their defense, too. It's going to be a learning experience. We'll bounce back."
Dorsey and Lefeged also said they learned a lesson during the game: They might be as good on defense as they are on offense. After the game, a teammate told Dorsey and Lefeged they were destined to become All-Met. But at what position?
"I love them both," Lefeged said. "Offense is great, because you get the ball in your hands all the time. But if you do some things right, you can find a way to get the ball on defense, too."