Huff will play at Texas State
Burnet senior kicker Austin Huff committed on Sunday to continue his football career at Texas State. In 10 games played for the Bulldogs in 2013 Huff totaled 3,445 kickoff yards with an impressive 33 touchbacks.
As a place-kicker for the Dawgs in 2013 Huff punted the ball 28 times for 1,180 yards. He averaged 42.14 yards per kick with his long going for 57 yards. He did a fantastic job placing the ball with 16 of those 28 punts landing inside the 20.
Huff looked at numerous schools before deciding on Texas State over the weekend.
Three sign for next level football
Burnet had three football athletes make it official on National Signing Day with a ceremony held at the Burnet High School Library. Seniors Derek Kiser, Chase Mardis, and Blayne Parisher each put their names on the dotted line committing to play for their chosen school.
Bulldog quarterback, Derek Kiser will continue his football career at Tarleton State University. Chase Mardis, who played for Burnet on the defensive line signed on to play at West Texas A&M. Bulldog wide receiver, Blayne Parisher made it official with Howard Payne. Congratulations to all three of these young men.
Realignment brings new homes
If you like to travel the new football realignment for Burnet might excite you, but for most it was a bit of a shocker. Gone are the 20 minute rival trips between Burnet and Liberty Hill, and the short drive to Llano is also a thing of the past.
Fortunately Lampasas is still in the district. They are one of only two familiar opponents that made the move to District 13-4A, the other being Gatesville. New opponents include China Spring, Robison, and Waco La Vega.
Lampasas, who turned in 1,017 students in the count is the largest in District 13-4A, in fact they are the sixth largest overall in the classification. Burnet is next in the district with 924, followed by Gatesville, 788; Waco La Vega, 740; Robison, 734; and China Spring, 718.
It was no secret Llano was going in a different direction due to numbers, so for now one of the longest running rivalry games in the state will get put on hold.
But some may question why two schools with basically equal numbers, Burnet with 924, and Liberty Hill with 954, only 20 miles apart not in the same district? Perhaps somebody didn‘t do their homework. And because of pre-realignment scheduling the two rivals will not even meet in pre-district play.
Central Texas football fans have been deprived of at least two seasons of this great rivalry for what had to be an oversight. They could meet in the playoffs, but what a shame.
The Panthers are now in District 14-4A with Bandera, Boerne, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg, and Taylor.
Overall the level of competition will still be there according to Burnet athletic director Kurt Jones, "I was surprised that we went up north but no matter what it will still be a challenging district. Either way we could have went the competition would have been about the same.”
While the home and home portion of the 2014 football schedule is not yet set it was known that the Bulldogs will play Marble Falls for their opener followed by games against Abilene Wylie, Fredericksburg, Waco University, Taylor, China Spring, Waco Robison, Gatesville, Waco La Vega, and Lampasas.
Burnet’s basketball teams will play in a different district than the football teams. The basketball boys and girls will play in District 25-4A which looks more like our old district with Lampasas, Llano, and Liberty Hill. New comers to this district include Salado and Taylor. It’s possible that the Bulldogs could be involved in a third district for volleyball, track, softball, and baseball but that information is not expected to be released until mid-March.
Marble Falls landed in District 25-5A with seven other schools including Austin Vandergrift, Cedar Park, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Georgetown East View, and Leander. The Mustangs are by far the smallest in their district with a count of 1125, the biggest is Leander, 2008.5; followed by Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 1990; Austin Vandegrift, 1979.5; Cedar Park, 1847; Georgetown, 1797; Dripping Springs, 1480; and Georgetown East View, 1404.
Just like last year each football district regardless of size will send four teams to the playoffs.
Season ends for Bulldogs
The Burnet Bulldogs fell short, 41-34 to the Lubbock Cooper Pirates at Saturday’s regional playoff game in Brownwood ending their very successful season. The Dawgs rolled off 12 plays to start the game but turned the ball over on downs at the Cooper 26 yard line. The Pirates only needed four plays to put the game’s first points on the board and with 6:08 left in the first the Bulldog trailed, 7-0.
The Dawgs knotted the game at 7-7 by way of a 63-yard throw and catch from Derek Kiser to Brock Foster. Alex Melvin made good on the PAT and the first ended all tied up.
Two possession later Foster broke loose and blazed from inside the Bulldog 20 to inside the Cooper 20 to quickly flip the field. A facemask flag on the play added a few more steps and on the next snap Kiser found Blayne Parisher for the go ahead score. Melvin’s PAT had Burnet on top 14-7.
Before the break Cooper responded with a 17-play drive, which included four third down conversion, and eventually resulted in a three-yard score. Burnet’s Jeremy Ayers busted through on the PAT attempt and blocked it leaving the Bulldogs on top 14-13 at the break.
After deferring the opening kickoff the Pirates took control to start the second half. The Cooper QB pushed his team all the way to the Burnet 10 where they scored on a pass play. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Cooper took the lead 19-14.
The Bulldog’s first drive of the second half came up short on a fourth down play at the Lubbock 30. It only took Lubbock two plays to cash in on the opportunity and after the PAT they increased their lead to 26-14, which was the score at the end of the third.
Burnet answered with a lengthy drive that was capped by a two-yard Trenton Hafley run. The PAT hit the upright but the Dawgs closed the gap to 26-20.
The Pirates once again gave themselves some cushion with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a two-yard score. A second chance two-point conversion made it 34-20 with 8:26 to play.
Kiser and Parisher quickly moved the Dawgs down-field and on first and 10 from the Cooper 27 Foster scooped up a pass and scored. Melvin made the PAT and the Dawgs moved closer at 34-27.
The Pirates took control of the ball and drained more than five minutes off the clock on the way to their final score. The touchdown came from 35-yards out and with just 2:02 left in the game Cooper led, 41-27.
The Bulldogs quickly went to work and scored in under a minute with a Kiser to Joel Johnson touchdown connection. Melvin made the PAT which brought the score to 41-34.
An onside kick ensued but the Pirates took control of the ball and after one first down and two knees the game went into the books as a 41-34 Pirate win.
For complete game information and stats from the game pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Dawgs win Bi-District Championship, 41-14
The Burnet Bulldogs earned a Bi-District Championship with a 41-14 victory over Alvarado on Friday night in Belton. The Dawgs seemed to be clicking in every area of the game with some solid hits on defense, outstanding catches, and great special teams play.
The Indians scored the game’s first points on a six-yard touchdown run with 7:23 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Burnet answered on their very next drive with a 35-yard Austin Huff field goal to make it 7-3 with 4:27 left in the first.
The Dawgs took their first lead of the night with just over a minute left in the first on a 43-yard Derek Kiser to Trenton Hafley connection. Huff hit the PAT and the first ended with the Dawgs on top, 10-7.
The second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs. Following a devastating hit by Jamal Brown that caused a fumble Burnet marched downfield in eight plays and scored on a 10-yard screen pass from Kiser to Cody Jones. Huff’s PAT made it 17-7 with 8:43 left in the first half.
Taylor Barksdale and Kody Hall forced the Indians three and out and it only took two plays for Burnet to return to the endzone. On a second and 10 from their own 43 Kiser found Jones who did the rest and after Huff’s kick the Dawgs led 24-7 with 6:43 left in the half.
On the very next play the defense was at it again. This time Cutter Dewbre caused the fumble and Jamal Brown scooped it up putting Burnet’s offense back on the field. Just four plays later Burnet cashed in the opportunity for six-points on a Kiser to Foster 29-yard touchdown connection. Huff added another mark on the board giving Burnet a 31-7 lead.
Before the half ended Huff kicked through a 36-yard field goal to make it 34-7 at the break.
The Indians took the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 20-play drive that consumed most of the third quarter. They scored on a second and goal from three yards out, 34-14.
With 2:04 left in the third the Dawgs added to their total with a 59-yard touchdown between Kiser and Brock Foster. Huff hit the PAT to make it 41-14 which was eventually the final.
The Dawgs will now face Kennedale, who beat Burkburnett 57-28 on Friday. That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Waco ISD Sports Complex. Liberty Hill will also advance in the playoffs after knocking off Hillsboro. Llano and Brownwood were both defeated in Bi-District play. Pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin for complete game information.
Dawgs take second place in 8-3A
The Burnet Bulldogs defeated the Lampasas Badgers on the road Friday night 42-28. The win moves the Dawgs district record to 3-2 and will have Burnet entering the playoffs as the second place team, first big school representative. A 40-38 Llano win over Brownwood on Friday night will have the Lions facing Stephenville in round one while the Bulldogs draw Alvarado for Bi-District action. Liberty Hill defeated Gatesville to finish as the 8-3A district champs with a perfect record and Llano will also enter the playoffs as a small school representative.
The Bulldog jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the game’s first drive with a Brock Foster six-yard touchdown run which was set-up by a couple of first down connections between Derek Kiser and Blayne Parisher. The Badgers quickly answered and when the first drew to a close it was a tied game at 7-7.
With 1:38 left in the half the Badgers scored on a four-yard run and after the successful PAT it was Lampasas on top, 14-7.
A determined Bulldog team answered in just 35 seconds. Two more lengthy connections between Kiser and Parisher set Burnet up at the Lampasas 20. Kiser dropped back once again this time finding Darius Johnson for the tying scoring after Huff’s PAT, 14-14.
With 55 seconds on the clock on a second and seven from their own 28 a Badger back busted loose and was eventually stopped short of the goal line by Jamal Brown. After a penalty Lampasas cashed in a eight-yard score. Jeremy Ayers blocked the PAT which made the score 20-14 Badgers at the break.
On Burnet’s second possession of the third quarter one Trenton Hafley run followed by two Foster runs resulted in a seven-yard score for Foster. With 4:35 left in the third Huff split the poles putting the Dawgs on top 21-20 which was also the score at the end of the period.
Foster returned to the end zone with 9:58 left in the fourth and after Huff’s kick it was Bulldogs 28-20. Just five seconds later Foster dashed into the end zone again on play one following an botched kickoff recovery by Jake McElroy. Huff added the PAT putting the Dawgs on top, 35-20.
Foster wasn’t quite done, on third and eight from the Lampasas 16 Kiser found the speedy sophomore and he once again trotted to the end zone for his fifth score of the night. Huff made good on the PAT putting Burnet up 42-20.
The Badgers added a late score and a two point conversion to bring the final to 42-28. Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for a complete game recap and information about the Bi-District match between Burnet and Alvarado.
Dawgs even record at 2-2
The Burnet Bulldogs moved their district record to 2-2 on Friday night with a 35-14 win over the visiting Llano Yellowjackets. The Dawgs scored the game’s first points with 3:29 left in the opening quarter on a two-yard Brock Foster run. Austin Huff added the PAT to put Burnet up 7-0.
With 7:09 left in the half Llano’s Carter Tatsch pushed across the goal line for a three-yard score and following the PAT kick the ball game was tied, 7-7.
Burnet regained their lead before the break with touchdowns on back-to-back possessions. The first was a 22-yard Derek Kiser to Blayne Parisher connection and the two hooked up again from 11-yards out for Burnet’s third score. Huff made both PAT’s to put the Dawgs on top, 21-7 at the break.
Llano took the second half kickoff and drove down-field in nine plays scoring with a little trickery on a 44-yard halfback pass. The PAT hit its mark making it 21-14 with 8:13 left in the third.
Seven plays later the Bulldogs returned to the end zone, this time on a Kiser three-yard keep. Huff split the poles and Burnet led, 28-14 with 5:50 in the third.
Both defenses continued to do battle but with just 4:35 remaining in the game Foster ran right up-the-gut for a three-yard score. Huff tacked on the PAT making it 35-14 which was eventually the final.
Llano will host Brownwood next Friday night for the district finale, while the Bulldogs travel to Lampasas.
For a complete recap of Friday’s game pick-up Wednesday’s edition of the Burnet Bulletin.
Panthers slip past Dawgs, 14-7
The Burnet Bulldogs fell to 1-2 in district play Friday night with a 14-7 loss to the Liberty Hill Panthers who moved to 3-0 in 8-3A. Liberty Hill took first possession and ran off nine plays before being faced with a fourth and eight from the Burnet 27. The Panther QB dropped back looking to pass, was flushed out of the pocket by Chase Mardis and then rocked by Taylor Barksdale which caused a fumble that Cameron Chafin recovered for Burnet.
Burnet only ran three plays and gained just two-yards before being forced to punt. Liberty Hill’s next drive produced the game’s first points when on second and seven from the Burnet 34 a Panther busted loose and rumbled into the endzone. The PAT was good putting Liberty Hill on top, 7-0 with 3:19 in the first.
With 4:59 left in the half Burnet tried a 40-yard field goal but the kick sailed wide right and eventually the first half ended with the Panthers on top, 7-0.
The third quarter went by scoreless but with 8:12 left in the fourth Liberty Hill punched in a one-yard score and following the PAT they led, 14-0. The Panthers were able to keep the Bulldog offense on the sidelines when on the ensuing kickoff they recovered an onside kick. They ran off seven plays before Kody Hall and Lance Armentrout stopped them short on a fourth and seven attempt at the Burnet 29.
It only took two plays and 20 seconds for the Dawgs to march to the end zone. Derek Kiser hooked up with Brock Foster on down one and after slipping off a tackle at the 30 he raced all the way to the Panther nine. On the very next play Kiser hit Blayne Parisher on the right side of the zone. After Austin Huff’s PAT it was 14-7 with 4:15 to play.
Three plays later the Panthers were in punt formation. On second and five Kiser hit Parisher in the center of the field moving the ball into Liberty Hill territory at the 34. Two incomplete passes and a short connection to Cody Jones left the Dawgs facing a fourth and five from the Liberty Hill 10 with 49 seconds left to play. Burnet went to the air and the pass was picked off sealing the Panthers win, 14-7.
In other district news the 0-2 Lampasas Badgers knocked off Brownwood 61-56 with a last minute score while the Llano Yellow Jackets defeated Gatesville, 37-25. Burnet will host Llano on Friday, Nov. 1. For complete game information pick up Wednesday's Bulletin.
Dawgs destroy Gatesville's Hornets
The Burnet Bulldogs evened their District 8-3A record to 1-1 with a 45-0 win over Gatesville on Friday night. The Dawgs scored on five of their six first half possessions. A Derek Kiser to Brock Foster 15-yard connection put the first points on the board. Kiser returned to the air for Burnet’s second score finding Joel Johnson on a 15-yard route. Foster added his second score of the evening with 10:15 left to play in the half when he hauled in a 21-yard pass from Kiser. Trenton Hafley got in on the action for Burnet’s fourth score with a 1-yard rush from a direct snap. Burnet’s final score of the first half was a 25-yard field goal by Austin Huff who also added all four first half PAT to put the Dawgs on top 31-0 at the break.
The Bulldogs went back to work and scored on their first drive of the third quarter when Kiser found Johnson from 22-yards out. Huff’s PAT made it 38-0 with 8:24 left in the third.
Following a Gatesville punt Burnet increased their lead to 45-0 on a Hafley 3-yard run behind the jumbo package with 3:45 left in the third, and that was eventually the final.
There were several standouts on defense in the game including Eric Walker, Jeremy Ayers, Jake McElroy, Chase Mardis, Hunter Thomas, Cameron Chafin, Cullen Ferrill, Kody Hall, Jamal Brown, Tyler Krause, and many others that helped the Bulldogs pitch a shutout.
Burnet will take their 1-1 record on the road next Friday when they face the undefeated Liberty Hill Panthers who beat Brownwood on Friday. Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for complete game results.
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.