Llano falls against Liberty Hill
LIBERTY HILL – Liberty Hill welcomed Llano to its sparkling new Panther Stadium Friday night. It wasn’t much fun for the visiting Yellow Jackets, who lost 54-21.
It was the District 8-3A opener for both teams. Llano is 2-4 while Liberty Hill improved to 5-1.
The Yellow Jackets’ defense did a good job against the Panthers’ high-octane Single Wing attack in the first half, limiting the home team to 146 yards. LHHS led 21-14 at halftime.
But the dam burst after intermission. By game’s end the first-place Panthers had amassed 465 rushing yards on 45 carries and outscored Llano 33-7 in the second half – all while throwing nary a pass. None. Zip. Nada. It was Darrell Royal-style football, circa 1963.
Dawgs fall in final seconds to Lions, 36-31
The Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking loss in their district opener Friday night in Brownwood, 36-31.
Burnet scored on the game’s opening drive but on the ensuing kick-off the Lions broke free for an 84-yard kickoff return touchdown. A missed extra point left the Dawgs on top 7-6 with 8:24 remaining in the first.
The Lions took their first lead with 1:18 left in the opening quarter on a 14-yard pass and catch. Following the PAT it was 13-7, Brownwood.
Burnet managed one more score before the break but Brownwood held a 27-14 lead after two more touchdowns in the second period.
When the second half began the Dawg’s defense forced a quick three and out and the offensive got things going with a score on their very first possession. Burnet moved to with in six following the PAT, 27-21.
On the Bulldogs first possession of the fourth quarter Trenton Hafley rolled off seven straight runs with the last being a five yard score. Austin Huff’s PAT split the poles putting the Dawgs back on top, 28-27.
The lead changed again with just 2:48 left in the contest. Brownwood’s drive stalled at the Burnet 20 and they elected to kick the field goal which was good putting them up, 30-28.
Burnet got off 10 plays that included a fourth down and inches pick-up to move to the Brownwood 19-yard line where they were eventually faced with a fourth and four. With just 31 seconds on the clock Huff sent a 36-yard field goal right down the middle and the Bulldog faithful erupted with the Dawgs once again in the lead, 31-28.
That energy made a fast leap across the field when on the ensuing kickoff the Lion deep man elected to bring out the ball from six yards deep. The gamble paid off as he cross the goal line with only 14 seconds remaining in the game. The PAT failed but Brownwood was on top, 36-31.
The Bulldogs ran two plays including a nice pick-up on a Derek Kiser to Cody Jones reception but time ran out and the Lions claimed the victory.
Brownwood, Gatesville, and Liberty Hill each picked up wins in the District 8-3A openers. Burnet will host Gatesville at Bulldog stadium this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. For complete game information and stats pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Good competition for cross country
The Burnet high school and middle school cross country teams enjoyed running against some great competition at Saturday’s meet in Round Rock.
"Round Rock is the site of the state cross country meet, and one of the largest meets we will compete in prior to the regional and state meets,” said head coach Stuart Dixon.
"The teams loved the competition and the atmosphere; they are fired up for their meet this Thursday in Lampasas,” added Dixon.
High School Results
The girls finished fifth out of 45 teams in their division. They were led by Abby Bullock, (12:45) who medaled with a 19 place finish out of 360 runners.
The boys finished 37 out of 49 teams. They were led by Drew Kiser, (17:24) who medaled with a 16 place finish out of 406 runners.
Other runners in the high school division included Nick Menchaca, 89, 18:56; Jordin Belmarez, 329, 22:13; Cody Beyer, 340, 22:29; Gage Blair, 386, 24:35; Tara Evers, 29, 12:58; Autumn Freasier, 47, 13:10; Jordan Boyles, 66, 13:20; Shaylah Hullum, 108, 13:42; Hailey Letterman, 193, 14:26; and Leslie Garrett, 301, 15:56.
To see middle school results from Round Rock pick up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Cedar Park rolls in 51-34 win over Mustangs
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Cedar Park rolled to a 37-0 lead at halftime and cruised to
51-34 win over Marble Falls at Gupton Stadium Friday night.
Cedar Park, the defending state Class 4A Division II
champions, backed Marble Falls up on its first possession of the game and
applied plenty of pressure.
Cedar Park scored on its first offensive play after forcing
a Marble Falls punt. Quarterback Nate Grimm hit Bill Estevanott racing behind
the Marble Falls defense on the Timberwolves first play from scrimmage for a
Faith Academy wins sixth straight in rout
From Staff Reports
Faith Academy ran its record to 6-0 on the season with a
49-8 win over St. Gerards Friday at Pony Stadium.
The Flames started with a bang with Royale Brown scoring on
a 69-yard run less than two minutes into the game.
Brown added another score in a 7-yard run at the 6:03 mark
of the first quarter.
The Flames scored three times in the second quarter and
led 35-0 at the break.
On the second play of the second half, Jacob Metcalf raced
42 yards for a score and the team’s played with a running clock the rest of the
With 44 seconds left in the third quarter Dalton Mayberry
scored on a 5-yard run. St. Gerards ran the ensuing kickoff back for a
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
In the big second quarter, Hanner Shipley had 1-yard run and
an 11-yard reception from Austin Ellis for two of the scores. Matt Manley also
added a 15-yard interception return for a score.
Cross country focused on goals
The Burnet high school cross country team continues to focus on goals they set at the beginning of the season and once again they proved this week that they are moving forward.
Burnet’s teams competed on Saturday at the Fredericksburg invitational which featured some solid teams from around Central Texas running on a hilly course.
The varsity girl’s team placed seventh out of 13 teams and was paced by medalists Tara Evers and Abby Bullock.
The varsity boys placed sixth out of 12 teams and were led by Drew Kiser.
"Our teams continue to work hard and are coming off the most difficult training month of their season,” said head cross country coach Stuart Dixon.
"They now enter the last month of the season, aiming toward district.”
For individual results read Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
A Homecoming treat for Dawgs
The varsity Bulldog football team hosted Taylor Friday night and found a variety of ways to dash past the Ducks, 34-24. As expected, some of the Ducks could fly but Burnet’s defense found ways to keep their speed grounded for the most part, while their offensive teammates kept the hometown boys ahead on the scoreboard from start to finish.
The Bulldogs drew first blood. Bulldog quarterback Derek Kiser got off to a fantastic start completing his first five out of five passes to push deep into Duck territory. Burnet senior Blayne Parisher came up with a few clutch catches in the opening series including a nice seven-yard snag for the game’s opening score. Alex Melvin had his varsity debut Friday and drilled his first extra-point to make it 7-0 with 7:12 left in the first.
The homecoming crowd soon welcomed back Tyler Krause with cheers after he dropped the kickoff return-man for no gain at the Duck 22. Krause had his fans making more noise when he stuffed the third down ball carrier for a two-yard loss forcing a three and out punt.
The Bulldog’s second offensive series almost produced more points but a Melvin 30-yard field goal attempt missed the mark.
The two teams traded a few punts taking the game into the second quarter. Eve Medrano, Chase Mardis, and Kody Hall were each key factors in forcing those Taylor punts, Medrano, perhaps the biggest with a 12-yard sack.
Kiser slipped his surgical gloves back on and with a great supporting cast he went to work from his own 40. Trenton Hafley and Parisher made the first incisions but it was Cody Jones that cut deep into Duck territory with a nice 23-yard catch and run. After completely scanning all available options and covering lots of ground Dr. Kiser put it in the hands of his new assistant Korey Campbell who put another success story in the books with a 31-yard touchdown reception. Melvin’s PAT collected uno-mas to make it 14-0.
Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for a complete look at Burnet versus Taylor.
Lady Dawgs open district 1-0
The varsity Lady Bulldog volleyball team played a fantastic game last Friday night beating Llano in three 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 to open district, 1-0.
The girls had a great night accumulating 27 kills, seven aces, and 10 blocks as a team.
"I was very impressed with the girl’s play tonight. We served aggressively and were able to keep Llano off balance from the line,” said coach Salye Coles.
"Our setters did a great job allowing our hitters to have multiple options on their hits, and our defense was quick and responsive, so when we have all that put together we are able to stay on the offensive side of the game,” added Coles.
Rose Bailey stood tall at the net with 10 kills, two digs, one solo block, and five assisted blocks.
Cassidy Connolly had six kills and three digs.
Jill Rosow finished with two kills, three aces, and six digs.
For complete stats and more game information pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Dawgs earn homecoming win, 32-24
The Burnet Bulldogs played their final pre-district game Friday night in Burnet. They welcomed the Taylor Ducks to town for their homecoming game and moved their record to 4-1 with a 34-24 win over the Ducks.
Burnet took a 7-0 lead on their first possession with a 7-yard Derek Kiser to Blayne Parisher touchdown. Alex Melvin added the PAT.
Flames stand up to run game in the end
The Faith Academy Flames survived their toughest test of the
season Friday night and came away with a 28-21 win over previously unbeaten
John Paul II of Schertz at Converse Judson’s Junior High Field.
The Flames (5-0) put up a solid effort against a
run-oriented team and were able to stave off the John Paul II team.