By Joe Sageman
While the varsity football team emerged victorious for the fourth straight week to preserve their undefeated season, they faced a stiffer challenge than most expected in the upstart Avalon Black Knights. Bullis eventually ran away with a 43-8 final score behind a stifling defensive effort and several catastrophically executed Avalon punts.
Though Avalon played formidable defense at its own goal line, the Black Knights were too routinely backed up to overcome their special teams units’ incompetence. They eventually surrendered a Brandon Izzo (’13) 19 yard touchdown run, which increased their deficit to 19-0.
Midway through the second quarter, Bullis faced a fourth down in Avalon territory. Copeland hit Fields on a quick swing route in the left flats when Avalon’s Isaac Boyd flew up to deliver a crunching helmet-to-knee hit. While Fields popped up immediately, Boyd lay motionless on the turf for approximately 20 minutes. He was eventually lifted to a stretcher and transported to the hospital.
The delay caused by the scary injury completely reversed the game’s momentum. The Dog Pound had thinned out considerably and the Black Knights were eager to take the field again after such an emotional moment. On that drive, running back and University of Maryland commit Jacquille Veii broke loose for a 65 yard touchdown run. A successful two-point conversion narrowed the score to 19-8.
It didn’t take long for Bullis to regain their early game form, though. In the third quarter, they responded with a safety and a Copeland quarterback sneak for Bullis’ fourth touchdown of the game. At that point, the game safely belonged to Bullis as head coach Pat Cilento began pulling starters in favor of less experienced players.
Avalon and Bullis were closer in talent than the final score suggests. The Bulldogs were deep and athletic enough to control the defensive side of the ball, holding Avalon to a paltry 84 yards of total offense. However, the Black Knights came to hit and applied several jarring shots to Copeland, who was erratic at times during the game and threw his first interception of the season.
Image courtesy of Kia Saint-Louis
Front page image courtesy of Kia Saint-Louis