DENVER-- Dave Logan's return to Mullen was a successful one.
In his first time back at the school since he left the program in 2012, the Cherry Creek head coach led his Bruins to a 34-17 upset victory over the Mustangs.
With the win, Creek advanced to the state 5A semis to set up a showdown with Valor Christian next week.
No. 2 Mullen came into the game as a heavy favorite, with it's only in-state loss of the season coming against No. 1 Pomona.
And, early on, it looked like the Mustangs would do as expected and run away with an easy victory.
On the opening kickoff, Mullen's Marcus McElroy nearly had a return touchdown but was pushed out of bounds at the 24-yard line.
Then, on the first offensive play, Running Back Shamond Hamilton bounced outside and scampered into the end zone to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead, just like that.
It looked like Mullen was going to breeze through it's quarterfinal opponent, but Creek wasn't going anywhere.
The Bruins offense finally capitalized on great field position when Wide Receiver Dimitri Stanley took a reverse handoff for a touchdown to cut the Mullen lead to 10-6.
Stanley added one more score a little while later--this time on a pass from Quarterback Trey Windham--and the Bruins took their first lead of the game at 13-10 into halftime.
They never looked back.
From there, Windham had three more touchdowns on the ground as No. 7 Cherry Creek pulled away from the favored Mustangs in a stunning and dominant victory on the road.