The varsity football team suffered a heartbreaking loss on Friday night in their season finale. While no team ever led by more than four points, Bullis outplayed Prep through the first 42 minutes of the game. The Bulldogs moved the ball better than the Little Hoyas behind outstanding offensive line play, a productive evening from tailback Devonte Williams ('15), and an ultra-athletic quarterback rotation between Kyven Jones ('14) and Yusef Muhammad ('15). Williams emerged as the workhorse for the Bulldogs, churning out 101 yards on 28 carries.
While the Prep offense seemed inept and unlikely to ever reach the end zone, the momentum suddenly changed in its favor midway through the fourth quarter. A personal foul against fullback Chris Aust ('14) forced the Bulldogs into a third and long situation. On the next snap, Muhammad's pass sailed over the middle of the field and was intercepted.
Prep's offense took the field in Bullis territory, but the Bulldog defense held firm once again. Prep was guilty of a hold and was faced with a third and long situation of their own. However, their sputtering passing offense managed to make a big play, completing a pass over the middle of the field, setting up a fourth and one from just outside the Bullis 25-yard line. On the critical play, tailback Brendan Collins sliced right through the Bullis defense and carried defenders to the 5-yard line.
Through backed up against their own goal line, the Bullis defense put together an admirable goal line stand. They swarmed a running play for no gain on first down. The next play, Kyven Jones separated the football from a receiver with a jarring hit on a passing play. On third down, Prep threw the football again, and safety Tyamonee Johnson ('14) was whistled for a very controversial pass interference call. The penalty gave Prep an automatic first down, at which point Collins rumbled in for a 3-yard touchdown run.
With under two minutes to play in the game, Muhammad attempted to engineer a game-winning drive on Senior Night. However, after a pair of scrambles and quick throws to receiver Micah Keels ('15), the Prep defense tightened up and took away the deep ball for Bullis. Ultimately, Bullis turned the ball over on downs while they were still outside of field goal range. With under ten seconds to play, Georgetown Prep took a knee to end the game.
While the Bulldogs had a disappointing finish to their season, their IAC title hopes remain alive. If St. Albans defeats Landon on Saturday, Bullis will share an IAC banner with both aforementioned teams, all of whom would finish 3-1 in conference play.
Bullis only graduates six seniors from the football team, but they will lose some very important pieces.
Defensive end Peter Angeh led the team in nearly every defensive category and will likely play Division I college football next season.
Left tackle/defensive tackle Phil Bryant provided valuable depth along the Bulldogs' dominant trenches in 2012 and filled in admirably as the starting left tackle after starter Jonathan Holland's ('15) season-ending injury.
Quarterback Danny Copeland was the true heart and soul of the team and posted a remarkable 14:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio before breaking his arm.
Running back/cornerback Jonathan Dyer was a sure tackler and dependable cover man as the starting left corner. He also added a powerful, downhill running style to the backfield.
Wide receiver/safety Nick Fields led the team in every receiving category and was one of the best pure athletes on the team. He had great range as a safety and was a source of big plays on both sides of the football.
Finally, tailback Brandon Izzo ran for over 400 yards and scored five touchdowns as a valuable member of the Bullis backfield.
While these players were instrumental in Bullis' success in 2012, the future remains extremely bright for Bullis football. The offense returns leading rusher Devonte Williams ('15), all-purpose man Kyven Jones ('14), tight-end Noah Spriggs ('14), and the entire starting offensive line. Defensively, Bullis will look to defensive linemen Steven Attah ('14) and Justin Herron ('14), linebackers Chris Aust ('14) and Raekwon Reese ('15), and defensive backs Tyamonee Johnson ('14) and Micah Keels ('15) to step up.