Bulla Sends Bishop’s Out With a Bang
By Andrew Smith
Chula Vista (12/5/2014) – Even from 1,400 miles away from Southwestern College, you could feel the energy of the crowds cheering their schools on until the final whistle in the San Diego C.I.F. Division IV Championship game Friday afternoon. This wasn’t the same Mater Dei team that Bishop’s faced in Week 5 now that 6 Eastlake transfers were now eligible, but the outcome remained the same.
On what might be the final carry of Knights’ superstar BULLA GRAFT‘s spectacular high school career, the crowd echoed with chants of “BULLA…BULLA…BULLA” with great anticipation of a Jordan-esque type ending to his legacy, just like a jumper over Byron Russell to spawn a ring of his own.
After three quarters, none of that even seemed plausible as the Knights – for the first time in two and a half seasons – saw a goose egg next to their name on the scoreboard and trailed for the first time all season. Four giveaways didn’t help things either, but as bad as they played they still have to spend a lunch period in their future to get sized for a Championship ring with a 19-16 win over Mater Dei in overtime.
Freshman wide receiver MOZES MOONEY single-handily forced overtime with a pair of ridiculous runs after the catch that he turned into touchdowns and Bulla leap-frogged the Crusaders’ defense from 1-yard out to secure his place in C.I.F. legacy.
“This was all about playing for each other,” said Mooney after his 9 reception, 114 yard performance. “We left it all out there on the field and if you got hurt it was because you were playing for your life.”
As an offensive juggernaut during the regular season it was weird seeing a goose egg next to their name on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, but they made the plays when they mattered the most.
“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said head coach JOEL ALLEN after a Gatorade bath. “We picked a bad time to play our worst three and a half quarters of the year and I’m just so proud of our guys’ fight to the very end that I’m speechless.”