POTOMAC — In a very long affair, the Bullis Bulldogs did away with the Avalon Black Knights, pulling away in the second half to win the game 30-14.
The first quarter was sloppy for both teams, but Bullis was able to turn an Avalon mistake into points. On Avalon’s first play on their second drive of the game, quarterback Aaron Gibson, who was standing in his own end zone to take the snap after a great Bullis punt, dropped the snap, and Bullis’ Dalton Lewis fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown. Gibson would leave the game later with a shoulder injury, and would not return. The Black Knights weren’t able to get much going with Gibson in the game, but it didn’t get any better without him.
Bullis increased their lead to 10-0 on a field goal in the second quarter. But Avalon’s Satchel McKinney took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards back for a touchdown. Avalon would go for, and convert the two-point conversion try, pulling the Black Knights within two points.
Avalon had the ball again in the final seconds of the first half, and backup quarterback Todd Simmons threw a Hail Mary pass as the clock ticked down to zero.
Off a tip, Bullis junior defensive back Bryson Shaw picked off the pass, and returned it 82 yards for a Bulldogs touchdown. Going into the half, Bullis led 16-8.
Video replay of the pick-six: https://twitter.com/TheCubeDotCom/status/908858113213845504
Bullis opened the second half strong on offense, after neither team had scored an offensive touchdown in the first half. The first two Bullis drives ended up in the end zone: the first, a touchdown pass to Jason Hersh, and the second, a rushing score by Olandis Gary Jr. Bullis now led 30-8. The Black Knights scored a touchdown on a long catch-and-run by Quran Hughes, but that would be the remainder of the offense in the game, as the Bulldogs eventually ran out the clock to win the game 30-14.