With a name like "Bull," a certain level of toughness is expected.

Much like he has all season, David Bull ran as his name would suggest Saturday in No. 2 Glen Cove's 21-0 victory over No. 3 Bethpage at Hofstra in a Nassau III semifinal.

Glen Cove (8-2) will play No. 1 Plainedge (10-0) on Saturday at Hofstra at 12:30 p.m., in its first county final since 2000. The Big Red last won a county title in 1998.

Bull hopped to the sideline on his right foot after feeling his left ankle twist in the second quarter. The ankle has hampered him throughout the season, and although he tried to shake it off and return to the game later in the quarter, his coaches brought him back out.

"I had to get back out there," Bull said. "I couldn't let my team down. It's more than a team, it's a brotherhood."

The word brotherhood comes up often when talking with Bull. The Roosevelt transfer has found a home and a family with Glen Cove football.

Said coach Pete Kopecky, "We had a very heartfelt talk to our team before the game about how this is his family and he loves every moment of being here with these guys."

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Bull returned in the second half saying: "I had to fight through the pain. I had to fight for my brothers, man. We had to win it."

In the fourth quarter, Bull -- who finished with 62 yards on 13 carries -- took a direct snap 8 yards for a touchdown to give Glen Cove a 14-0 lead with 5:24 remaining in the game.

What did he see on the run? "Touchdown, really," he said. "Just green grass. I give it to my linemen, man. I wouldn't be anything without them."

"He's been the straw that stirred our drink since Day One," Kopecky said. "He came in from Roosevelt and he's a lightning rod. I don't know what to tell you, he's a great kid."

The Big Red opened the scoring with a 1-yard run by quarterback Mike Payton to cap a 14-play, 90-yard drive after holding Bethpage to just 11 yards in the first quarter.

Glen Cove's final score came when Sharayad Letellier returned an interception 67 yards with 1:26 remaining.

The defense -- led by senior linebacker Gaetano Famiglietti -- was dominant. Famiglietti had 131/2 tackles, including three for a loss.

Bethpage (7-3) finished with 140 yards -- led by Nick Carlino's 103 on the ground.