If the online hype is any indication of what's to come regarding this Saturday’s Landon-Bullis football game, fans are in for a treat.
Bullis and Landon supporters have blown up message boards and forums with fiery comments, but the boys look to keep it clean on the field.
“Coach tells us not to worry about any of that. We’ll show it on Saturday night. We’re just worrying about Saturday night and being IAC champs.” said Yusef Muhammad ('15). Head coach Pat Cilento has also made it clear to the boys that fighting will not be tolerated.
Landon is coming off a 15-14 win against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, a team who Bullis beat 61-14. Still, Bullis is mindful of their opponent; they know that Landon is coming in hungry. This game is the most important left in the season for the Bulldogs; three games remain on the schedule, two of which are IAC match-ups: Landon and Episcopal. Bullis also faces Georgetown Prep on November 11, but in order to win the IAC, Bullis needs to beat Landon and Episcopal. At 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the IAC, Episcopal looks beatable. Landon is the only team that seems to be standing in the way of Bullis repeating as IAC champions.
One of the keys to Saturday’s game is to shut down Myles Allen, Landon’s running back. After watching film, the boys know that Landon doesn’t pass the ball a lot, so a key is to stop the run game.
Tyamonee Johnson (’14), a starting safety for Bullis, said “we’re running a lot of run support; we’re not worried about the pass. Offensively, Bullis is hoping to mix it up, utilizing both the running game and the passing game."
Peter Angeh (’13) made it clear that Bullis has to stay focused on the task at hand; this game has a monumental effect on not only IAC football, but the whole Bullis community and schools around the IAC as well.
Last year’s Landon game was plagued by an early snowstorm. This year, you won’t need your earmuffs or winter jackets. In fact, you will need only one thing: your white. To help raise money for their trip, Caring for Cambodia participants are selling t-shirts, which you should wear to the game Saturday.
The classic Bullis versus Landon rivalry is heating up. In last year’s contest, Bullis pulled out the 26-21 victory in dramatic fashion thanks to a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and a huge goal line stand. Because of the historic game last year, Landon has to be hungry for revenge. This is a game you won’t want to miss; there’s nowhere else better to be than the "Dog Pound" on Saturday!
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