BC Prep Showcase: Grandview vs. Mullen

After a week of hype and fan fare, (9-0, 6-0) #1 5A Mullen took it to (8-1, 5-1) #2 5A Grandview. Following near record high temperatures for October, Friday night at the beautiful Legacy Stadium, finally reminded us of fall and high school football. A chilly 40° at kickoff, the stage was set for the all important conference title.

The undersized defense of Grandview with senior captain Shea Hopkins, allowing an incredible nine points per game was ready for the offensive juggernaut known as JK Mullen, averaging 32 points per game along with 5A leading rusher junior Maurice Greer (1575, 20TDs).

The game started with Grandview QB Ryan Walters pitching to senior RB Josh Wiley who recovered his own fumble deep in their territory. Walters tried to make something happen on third down and was sacked, giving the early momentum to Mullen. A short punt and four plays later, Mullen was on the scoreboard after a three yard touchdown run by Greer.

Three straight, three and outs for Grandview coupled with penalties and mistakes by Mullen, the first quarter ended 7-0 Mullen.

A stop on fourth down deep in their own territory gave Grandview some needed momentum to start the second quarter. Walters had injured his right ankle and was a question mark for the rest of the half. Three straight completions by the ailing Walters and the Wolves had first and goal on the Mullen three yard line. Two plays later, Walters punched it in from one yard out to tie it up at 7-7.

Grandview recovered a swing pass ruled a fumble in their own territory with three minutes left in the half. Four plays later after a drive of their own going, Walters' pass was tipped and intercepted by sophomore DB Josh Dorsey and returned to the Grandview 17 yard line. Using two timeouts earlier proved to be costly as Mullen ran Greer twice with no success and was forced to use their last timeout with nine seconds left. Conor Rauschelbachspiked the ball and mysteriously the clocked went all the way down to five seconds. A nice pass to the back of the endzone was ruled incomplete. Mullen settled for a 35 yard field goal and a 10-7 halftime lead.

Mullen received the open kickoff of the second half and after a 42 yard return by junior wide receiver Nathan Yorks and after seven plays and two penalties the Mustangs were forced to punt.

After a stand by the surprisingly dominant Mullen defense, Grandview punted but Mullen muffed it giving Grandview back the ball and new life. Once again Grandview was three and out. On the ensuing play Mullen junior WR Nathan Yorks went in motion, taking the handoff 77 yards for a touchdown. A missed extra point made the score 16-7 Mullen.

On their next possession Walters went down again, this time on his left ankle. That would be all for the senior star as he finished the night 13-20 for 99 yards and 1 interception. Reserve sophomore Alex Mann came into the game and was intercepted twice by junior DB Grant Crunkleton. Mullen RB's Maurice Greer (28-175 2TDs) and Denzel Black would add touchdowns for posterity making the final score 29-7.

Maurice Greer was happy with his performance on the night. "We had to grind it out against a tough defense tonight. I thought we could have done more running the ball if I could have read better. There were a couple times my blockers went outside after I did so we got tripped up. I also was close a couple times up the middle. I think the line did real well tonight."

Grandview QB Ryan Walters on the other hand was a little more somber. "It was a tough game. We worked hard for this game, but came up short."

In a game where Grandview's defense was much more heralded than Mullen's, the Mustangs held Grandview to an abysmal -2 yards rushing and 97 total yards! Not only that, but the Mustang secondary limited the state's leading receiver sophomore Aubrey Quarles to just 34 yards on 4 receptions and University of Colorado bound Ryan Walters to just 67 net yards (-32 rushing). This was an amazing performance by the Mullen defense in a game they needed it the most.

Not to be outdone by its defense, Mullen ran for 318 yards to go with 116 yards passing for 434 total yards. All season high's against the Grandview defense.

On a night in which Mullen head coach Dave Logan earned his 100th coaching victory and was presented with a trophy by his team, he had a few words to express his pleasure in Mullen's hard fought victory. "I was real pleased with our overall effort tonight. Our team played in concert. Other than that backwards pass we didn't have any turnovers and we needed to take away their big play. We did. Our defense played very well along with our offensive line. We kept plugging and plugging, made some adjustments in the second half and won and a hard fought game."

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