BY JOE CONROY special to The californian
With three first-quarter scores, Bullard High ended Stockdale's 2012 postseason experience after just one game.
The Knights, led by do-everything junior Isaiah Justice, won the Division I first-round game 42-14 on Stockdale's home field.
Justice led the way with 255 offensive yards and four touchdowns. He was virtually a one-man wrecking crew, piling up 141 rushing yards by the half on his way to 183 and two scores on the ground. He added another 64 yards through the air, connecting on two scoring passes.
The Mustangs featured a strong running game behind senior D.J. Martin, who finished the season just 13 yards shy of 2,000.
Martin pounded his way to 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Aside from Anthony Wood (92 yards and a touchdown), Stockdale leaned heavily on Martin after Xavier Chisolm left the stadium via ambulance after the first quarter. Chisolm was injured on an attempt run into the end zone from the 1-yard line.
But Justice proved to be too much for the Mustangs to overcome.
Stockdale had its chances, but committed turnovers deep in Bullard (8-3) territory five times, including three inside the 5-yard line.
First, the Mustangs (5-6) were stuffed on three straight plays from the 1 in a series that spanned the first two quarters, and ended by turning the ball over on downs.
In the fourth quarter, Stockdale got to the 1 again on third-and-goal with just under 9 minutes to play. Two plays later, a Drew Allen pass was intercepted by Dejonte Oneal, who returned it 102 yards for a Bullard score and 42-7 lead.
Martin scored about 3 minutes later from 7 yards.
Later, after recovering a fumble at the 50, the Mustangs drove all the way to the Bullard 5 again. Penalties and a pair of incomplete passes doomed Stockdale to turn the ball over on downs for a fourth time.