Story by Andrew Feather, Bishop McNamara Campus Correspondent
POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- In a ceremonial and festive atmosphere for the Bullis School's homecoming football game, the Bulldogs took advantage of sloppy play and two goal line takeaways to waltz away with a 26-3 win.
"We knew this was going to be a good competition for us. This is one of the good teams in the WCAC so I just tried to do my best and so did the rest of the team. We played hard and ended up coming out on top," said junior Kyven Jones, who had two touchdown receptions to go along with nine tackles and an interception on defense.
A big key in the game was the blocking, or lack thereof on the Mustangs' offensive side of the ball. McNamara's offensive line was continually pushed backwards which resulted in several sacks and left freshman quarterback Ramar Williams scrambling. One of the players that gave the Mustangs fits all night was junior Steven Attah, who racked up three sacks and seven QB hurries.
"I just wanted to go out there and do my job. Good look to the defense and defensive line for coming out, playing hard and helping us get the W," Attah said. "Beating a team like McNamara comes down to practice. We prepared hard. We worked together. We practiced against each other hard. That's what it all comes down to."
On the losing end, McNamara senior outside linebacker Marlon Crook had a great individual performance. He had one sack, brought down runners in the backfield three times, and scooped up two fumbles.
"I don't judge myself off my individual performance, it's all about what the team does. If the team isn't doing anything then I'm not doing anything," said Crook.
When asked what went wrong for the Mustangs he answered: "Blowing assignments. It's the little things that will get you. They weren't doing anything big to us, just itty-bitty things like missed assignments and missed keys. You've got to play smart and we didn't do that tonight."
Next up for McNamara is Good Counsel, the number 22 team in USA Today High School Sports' Super 25 national rankings.
What does Crook think his Mustangs need to do to get ready for the Falcons?
"We've got to fix the mental mistakes. That's what hurt us today. You can't think of who the opponent is. You have got to prepare like you are taking on an NFL team. Everyone is on the same level to me."
Bullis will see action Saturday when they travel to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes to take on the Saints.