PHILADELPHIA — Halftime seemed like a good time to take cover.
Chichester fans grabbed umbrellas. The cheerleaders — well, two of them — slid under the team's bench to hide from raindrops. And as for the Eagles themselves, well, they sprinted to the locker room.
It was just about the only place at Northeast High School where the Eagles could avoid the weather ... and Archbishop Ryan running back Samir Bullock.
Chichester could have used more than a 15-minute intermission to dry off and catch its breath, after having to chase Bullock during his ridiculously productive first half. The junior carried Archbishop Ryan to a 54-10 rout over Chichester in Saturday night's nonleague game.
Bullock finished with 256 yards on 17 carries, despite having sat out most of the third and fourth quarters, with the game's result largely under control. He toted 11 times in the first half for 224 yards and four touchdowns.
"Just a bad feeling right now, man. I don't want to talk about it,' Chichester running back Kevin Miller said. "It's bad. Real bad. It's just not working out for us right now.'
Chichester (2-2) was torched for 431 yards by Archbishop Ryan (4-0), which boasts a high-octane offense that has outscored its first four opponents by an average of four touchdowns.
Toss in the Eagles' other calamities against the Raiders — a 30-yard, first-half kickoff from Ryan that went untouched by Chichester, so Ryan scooped it up deep in the Eagles' territory, for example — and it seemed early on like this was not going to be the Eagles' night.
"We had the chance to make plays tonight and we didn't,' Chichester quarterback/safety Duffy Gilhool said, "and then it all backfired.'
Bullock had plenty to do with that.
The first-year Ryan back — a transfer from Father Judge — quickly helped the Raiders erase Chichester's 3-0 lead, which came courtesy a 31-yard field goal from Austin Wilson on the game's opening drive. Bullock carried four times on Ryan's six-play drive, the last representing a 2-yard lunge for a score.
That was about as systematic and calculated as Ryan's offense got in the first half. The rest of the Raiders' scoring plays were like a blur.
A 42-yard touchdown connection between Ryan quarterback Mark Ostaszewski and receiver Bobby Romano on a five-play drive. .... An 80-yard sprint by Bullock on the first play of the Raiders' next series. ... And a 45-yard scoring rush by Bullock three plays into their next drive.
"I didn't see anything in particular on film about (Chichester's) line. I just stay focused, evaluated them and made stuff happen,' Bullock said.
"We're just working, you know, and I'm a part of that. Our goal is a state championship. La Salle is next and that's going to be a tough one. We're just happy we could go into that game with a win tonight.'
Ryan didn't want its game against Chichester to be that letdown tilt before the big one, and Bullock made sure of that. By the time the first half had concluded, Bullock had done his damage and the Eagles sauntered to the locker room with a 33-10 deficit.
"Their defensive line was great,' said Miller, who had 53 yards on 18 rushes for Chichester. "Every time I tried to hit the hole, it wasn't there. Our coach told us about that, about how they play good and how they score a lot on offense. We just didn't have it.'
So it's back to the drawing board for the Eagles, who have followed up two wins to open their campaign with two devastating defeats. They have one more nonleague tuneup before opening Del Val League play in two weeks.
"Whenever you lose, it's frustrating,' said Gilhool, whose 39-yard pass to Tamien Jackson accounted for Chichester's only touchdown. "But we have to show we can bounce back, starting next week.'