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Kylor Bellistri and Kevin Jones played their last football game at the Bullis School's stadium Friday and the pair of seniors made it a memorable night for themselves and all those associated with the program, leading the Bulldogs to a commanding 38-20 win against St. Albans. Bellistri rushed for a touchdown, passed for another and also kicked a 22-yard field goal and all of his team's extra points. Jones rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns to give Bullis (7-1, 2-0 Interstate Athletic Conference) its first win over St. Albans, the two-time defending IAC champions, since the 2005 season. “The feeling that you're leaving it all on the field and the last game you'll play … on this stadium, I couldn't feel any better right now,” Bellistri said. “It's mixed feelings that it's over but very happy.” Things did not look promising for Bellistri and his teammates during most of the first half; St. Albans (4-3, 0-2 IAC) drove 65 yards on its opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. The drive was aided by a third down facemask call while limiting Jones to -1 yards on his first four carries with the Bulldogs placing eight and nine players near the line of scrimmage. Things looked like they may get worse in the second quarter when Bullis coach Pat Cilento decided to go for it on fourth down and eight yards to go on his team's own 34-yard line. The play failed but St. Albans running back Arthur Jones (90 rushing yards) fumbled the ball back to Bullis on the next play. Seven plays later, Kevin Jones rushed in from three yards out to tie the score at 7-7 with 1:37 left in the second quarter. Jones supplied all 73 yards on the ground during the drive. “We knew they were going to fire out and they did,” said Kevin Jones, who has 1,782 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns on the season. “They came out and hit very hard. They flew to the ball very fast and we just stuck together as a team. We had to quickly adjust. Our offensive line was a little distraught and I just told them that we had to stay with it, stay calm, stay patient.” Bellistri then intercepted a pass by Mike McCurdy and hooked up with Nick Fields on a 24-yard pass play to set up his 22-yard field goal as time expired in the first half for a 10-7 halftime lead. “Kylor does a great job,” Cilento said. “He's a senior leader. He's been great for us all year.” Jones, whose line dominated the second half along with fullbacks J.D. Dyer and Chris Aust, took the second handoff from scrimmage in the second half 57 yards for a touchdown. St. Albans blitzed hard and Jones squirted through the line and raced untouched for the score and a 17-7 lead with 11:15 remaining in the third quarter. After a fruitless drive by both teams, McCurdy connected with Matt Sniezek from 62 yards out on a fly pattern down the visitor's sideline to close that deficit to 17-13 but Bullis drove 73 yards on 11 plays on its next possession for a 24-13 lead on Bellistri's 2-yard sneak with 18.9 seconds left in the third quarter. He set up that score with a 19-yard strike to Fields and a 25-yard broke play scramble on second down and 21 yards to go. Bullis pushed that advantage to 31-13 and then 37-13 on a 6-yard run by Jones, who played the last quarter with a twisted ankle, and an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bellistri to Fields, respectively. “The defense played incredible; they really did,” Cilento said. “It's great for the school. It's great for our kids. They had not beaten St. Albans. It's great for the community but it doesn't get any easier. We've got to turn around and play Landon and Episcopal back-to-back.” St. Albans capped the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown pass from McCurdy to Sniezek with about five minutes to play in the game. Bullis ran out the clock from there. jpeters@gazette.net Bullis 31, St. Albans 20 St. Albans (4-3) 7 0 6 7 20 Bullis (7-1) 0 10 7 14 31 S Arthur Jones 7 run (Collin Wareham kick) B Kevin Jones 3 run (Kylor Bellistri kick) B Kylor Bellistri 22 FG B Kevin Jones 57 run (Kylor Bellistri kick) S Matt Sniezek 62 pass from Mike McCurdy (kick failed) B Kylor Bellistri 2 run (Kylor Bellistri kick) B Kevin Jones 6 run (Kylor Bellistri kick) B Nick Fields 18 pass from Kylor Bellistri (Kylor Bellistri kick) S Matt Sniezek 7 pass from Mike McCurdy (Collin Wareham kick) RUSHING: S Arthur Jones 18-90, Charles Cato 6-19, Mike McCurdy 4-(-12), Cory Rich 2-(-4). B Kevin Jones 24-240, Kylor Bellistri 13-72, Devonte Williams 8-32. PASSING: S Mike McCurdy 9-22-1-174. B Kylor Bellistri 3-11-0-61 RECEIVING: S Matt Sniezek 3-115, Arthur Jones 3-19, Chris Fraser 2-24, Larry Holmes 1-16. B Nick Fields 3-61