BC Prep Game of the Week

In one of the more publicized high school football games in the last few years, Mullen and Regis looked like the hype may have gotten to them early. With two of Denver's AM sports stations and all three major networks on-site, the players looked uptight and nervous. A first half filled with penalties, including six in seven plays for Mullen, dropped passes, and nerves, Mullen finally pulled away in the second half, winning 38-9. Junior Running Back <b>Maurice Greer</b> looked like the real deal.

The game started with Mullen driving right down the field and scoring after a one yard touchdown run off tackle by junior running back Maurice "Slash" Greer. Each team followed with several three and outs until Mullen senior quarterback Connor Rauschelbach was intercepted after a tipped pass. Two plays later Mullen junior linebacker Jake Duren caused a fumble with a monster hit and another change of possession. Neither team could take advantage of the miscues. Regis finally got on the board at the end of the first quarter with a 46 yard field goal.

The second quarter started the same as the first with penalties and dropped passes, but the players finally were coming together. After some quick passes and slants, Greer took a handoff from Rauschelbach at the Regis 31 yard line and scooted outside for a quick-hit touchdown. The half ended at 14-3 with Regis just missing a touchdown pass when Regis quarterback Joe Tenorio missed a wide open receiver.

In somewhat of a surprise, the highly regarded Rauschelbach struggled in the first half as play calling and good defense by the Raiders were keeping the three year starter in check. After the game Connor had a couple of words as to what was happening in the first half.

"We had a set plan and Coach was trying to feel them out and see what we could do. I noticed an eight front trying to stop Slash, so we felt we could start going to the air in the second half. It's a new system and we are all just trying to get into the flow."

Connor had a much better second half throwing touchdown passes of 40 and 41 yards.

As the teams came out for the second half, the standing room only crowd at Lou Kellogg Stadium was fired up. The Regis students were cheering their team and the crowd was buzzing with anticipation for a great game. That is about where it ended. Mullen wide receiver Nathan York took the opening kickoff to the house, quickly quieting the home crowd. Regis answered right back with a kick return of 36 yards and on the next play Regis quarterback Joe Tenorio hit wide receiver John Matthews for a 40 yard connection. One play later, running back Wooley scored after an impressive 36 yard touchdown run in which he juked three defenders and beat two more to the end zone. It was now 20-9 after both teams missed extra points and that was as close as the Raiders would get.

Regis head coach Jim Ryan had some words about the turning point in the game and his opinions of the effort.

"I really thought we were going to come out and compete today and it just didn't work out. Penalties, dropped passes, and good play by Mullen really were the deciding factors. I'll need to look at film, but their running backs were breaking a lot of tackles. The running game was really working for Mullen tonight."

Regis fought hard, but after two more Mullen touchdowns without answering and then Greer breaking off the biggest gain of the night, a 59 yard touchdown, at 32-9 the game was over. Mullen added one more touchdown for posterity and the fat lady was singing.

With a line that boasts three, 300-plus players and the rest above 285 pounds, it is a wonder Greer gained so many yards. And some may wonder why Mullen head coach Dave Logan doesn't mind talking about big plays.

"I am real happy we came together in the second half. The first half we were trying to feel them out and we just weren't making plays. The second was the difference as we came out and scored quickly. That was the change of the game. Slash's long touchdown really put this one away."

I caught up with Maurice Greer after the game and he was just real happy to have won the game and playing for such a great coach. Not much for words, "Slash" as his teammates and coaches call him, was ready to put more on the board. Only a junior, Greer looks to be one of the premier players in the state, if not the country next year. If you can get out to see this young man, you should.

Game Ball

Mullen Linebacker Jake Duren was all over the field making plays, breaking up passes, and causing turnovers. He is exactly what the Mustangs needed but was one play away from the game ball.

Mullen Quarterback Connor Rauschelbauch starter slow but improved as the game wore on and finally hit his rhythm early in the third quarter. Also a play away from the game ball, Connor should put up very good numbers in his new offense.

Mullen Running Back Maurice Greer. What more needs to be said. After a 215 yard, three touchdown performance against a defense which held Grandview quarterback Ryan Walters to 50% completion percentage and less than 200 total yards, this was impressive. Greer was quick, inside and out, and after Connor got going there was no stopping no.1.

Player Stats/Leaders

Mullen

QB Connor Rauschelbach 10-17 152 2TD 1INT
RB Maurice Greer 22-215 3TD
WR Nathan York KR TD 1-40 1TD
WR Derrick Levy 4-81 1TD

Regis

QB Joe Tenorio 12-33 178 0TD 2INT
RB Newland 12-66 0TD
WR John Matthews 4-100 0TD

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