As Andrew Johnston of the Georgetown Prep took a sloped pass, broke a tackle, and headed for the end zone, the Little Hoyas sideline was strong. Johnston stumbled briefly but kept his feet, leaving a Bullis defender in his wake. On a rainy Friday night in Potomac, where points were in high demand, Johnston's ability to stand up and accumulate 87 yards for a crucial score in the Little Hoyas 21-5 victory earned the title of the Interstate Conference. Athletic.
"I was running for my life," said Johnston. "I was expecting someone to pursue me."
When no one caught it, the sidelines of Georgetown Prep broke out.
The Little Hoyas (8-1, 5-0) have never looked back, winning the title and remaining undefeated in the league a year after sharing the title with rival Landon.
"Last year, I thought we had a chip on our shoulders because we had the title but we were not really champions," said Little Hoyas captain Justin Clark, intercepted. "It was our goal throughout the summer since the first day. Remove this "co" and be true champions. "
Johnston's touchdown was a turning point after Prep missed the shot, giving Bullis the ball on the 12-yard Georgetown Prep line. But the defense was standing up, stopping the Bulldogs with a three back. Bullis missed a field test.
"Our first defensive position has been phenomenal," said Dan Paro, coach of the Georgetown preparation. "Before the game, I had talked to boys about the possibility of joining adversity because he's your best friend. They were put in many bad situations and they continued to fight.
Bullis blocked a punt, which led to increased security. But the defense of Little Hoyas has been strengthened. After Johnston's landing, the Bulldogs drove in front of Abdul Jawara's backpacks and William Tinsley forced on. The Bulldogs had less than 12 yards in the first half.
Bullis (7-3, 3-2) attempted to regain momentum early in the second period as running back Eric McKan racked up 64 yards in seven races, earning him an investment. Quarterback Peter Davin of Georgetown Prep teamed up with Emmet Scanlon for the next command of a 76-yard touchdown. Davin found Johnston wide open for another 40-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to seal the game.
"They had 10, 11 guys in the box," said Paro. "At the end of the day, the action, they're all coming down, and [the receivers] slipped free. "
This victory marks a second straight victory for Georgetown Prep on Bullis and the Little Hoyas – and their fans – celebrated later by chanting "IAC!" In the field.
"I can not even speak with words. It's a dream come true, "said Clark. "The defense has brought us, and here we are, the champions."