In a game that may have decided the Centennial League title, Mullen pulled ahead of Cherry Creek in the second half with a combination of aggressive defense and a strong run game to get a 28-14 win.
After a scoreless first quarter for both squads, Jack Elway was able to find receiver Thomas McCauley for a fourteen-yard touchdown strike. This second quarter score would be the only points of the first half giving the Bruins a 7-0 intermission lead.
Wanting to even things up early in the second half, Mullen coach Dave Logan dialed up a big play and first time starting QB Tim Tancik hit Brannon Belloni for a seventy yard score to tie things up. Soon after, Cherry Creek took the lead when on a run play, Mullen running back Jonathan Gaye coughed up the ball for no apparent reason. Creek defender Thomas Papilion was in the right place, at the right time and scooped the ball up for a forty-five yard fumble recovery score. Creek up 14-7.
As they did last week, in the win against Grandview, the Mullen offensive line took it upon their big shoulders to go get the win. Soon, freshman Mustang runner Adonis Ameen Moore was crossing the goal line from four yards out to tie things up. 14 to 14. At this point the Mustangs would not look back as they scored again. This time, the Mustangs marched eighty yards on fifteen plays and once Moore scored. With seven yard scoring run Mullen went up 21-7.
Late in the fourth, Jack Elway attempted to get the Bruins back in the game, but he was stripped of the ball and Mullen recovered. This eventually led to Moore's final score and run of the night and brought about a final of 28-14.
I know this is common sense and that I'm repeating myself, but play in the trenches wins football games. For the second week in a row and with a different running back carrying the mail, Mullen posted three second half scores to win a big ball game. The fifteen play eighty yard drive took any bite that was left out of the Bruins. Also, speaking of the trenches, the Cherry Creek offensive line was unable to protect Elway who was harassed, hurried and hit all night by the aggressive Mullen defense. For the night, Elway was sacked seven times.
I don't know about you, but when I was a freshman I had a hard time getting my pads on right much less taking big carries in a big game and scoring three times while rushing for nearly 150 yards. Keep an eye on and remember the name Adonis Ameen Moore. The Mullen runner showed his guts running with authority in the second half after fumbling the ball twice in the first half. Also giving a gutsy performance was first time starter Tim Tancik. Tancik threw for just over 200 yards and his big pass at the start of the second half got Mullen back in the game.