Pups fall short to Ponies

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

In all four of Burnet’s middle school football games against Marble Falls last Thursday there were highlights for the Pups, but unfortunately none of the squads in green were able to post a win.

The seventh-grade White team fell short, 28-0; the seventh-grade Green team lost, 28-24; the eighth-grade White team was on the short side of a 14-0 ball game, and the eighth-grade Green team came up empty, 30-20.

 

Seventh-Grade White

The seventh-grade white team traveled to Marble Falls on Thursday and dropped their match against the Ponies, 28-0. Offensive standouts for Burnet included Adrian Hernandez and Carlos Olivera who led the Pups in rushing. Good blocking up-front was provided by Avery Holcomb, Jacob Peaster, Tyler Gonzalez, Ivan Carreon, and James Leon.

Defensive standouts included Samuel Garcia and Dakota Hopkins. Garcia and Hopkins led the team in tackles and showed good hustle.

 

Seventh-Grade Green

The seventh-grade Green team played well against the rival Ponies but came up short in the contest, 28-24.

Burnet’s offense was aided by great play from the offensive line which included Caleb Roberts, Conner Keele, Colton Davidson, Michael Sariol, and Bennet Walker. Several Bullpups did a nice job advancing the ball for Burnet including Brandon Ng, Landon Christian, James Alexander, Trevor Allen, Cash Dollar, and Devonte Miller.

In the first quarter the Ponies broke loose for a 50-yard run but Alexander chased them down and stripped the ball away forcing a fumble and change of possession. The Pups turned that turnover into a 60-yard drive that ended with a Christian keep, and following the conversion Burnet led, 8-0.

The Ponies answered with a score before the half but at the break Burnet led, 8-6.

Burnet’s next score was once again set up by the defense. Allen stepped in front of a Pony pass for a quick interception in the third quarter. Two-plays and 52-yards later Miller punched in a Pup score followed by a Christian conversion, 16-6.

Once again Marble Falls answered moving the score to 16-12.

Miller increased the Pups lead with a 32-yard touchdown run, followed by a Christian to Alexander two-point pass, 24-12.

Marble Falls posted another score early in the fourth quarter, 24-20.

The Pups had another opportunity to score with just two-minutes to play but the drive stalled at the Pony 10-yard line. Marble Falls drove 90-yards to score the go-ahead touchdown with 24 seconds left in the game, 28-24.

Two plays to Miller had Burnet at the Marble Falls 10 with two-seconds to play. A Bullpup incomplete pass would have ended the game but flags flew against Marble Falls giving the Pups one last chance. Burnet went to the run, but the play came up just short of the goal line ending the game, 28-24.

It was a well fought contest for the Pups.

Some outstanding defensive play was provided by Dollar, Cesar Jaramillo, Ralston Vance, Alexander, and Allen.

 

Eighth-Grade White

The eighth-grade White team fell short to Marble Falls, 14-0.

Top defensive players included Brandon Klinkiewics, David Lloyd, Mathew Thrane, Derek Cook, Donnivan Williams and Jordan Young.

Special team leaders included Jacob Howard, Stone Wilson, and Gunner Blair.

Howard and Payton Ferguson picked up rushing yards behind the blocking of Tyler Patterson, Ezra Northam, Jose Solis, John Larned, and Thrane.

 

Eighth-Grade Green

The eighth-grade Green team came up short to Marble Falls, 30-20.

Burnet scored one touchdown in the first half on a Jaxson Denton pass to Lane Dalrymple. The score was set up by great running from Marcus Escamilla.

Burnet scored two more touchdowns in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Stangs.

Burnet’s second touchdown was also set up by some tough Escamilla running and was capped by a Denton score.

The Pups final score came after a big defensive play by Escamilla when he delivered a huge hit knocking the ball loose for Denton to recover. The possession ended with a long pass from Denton to Luke Kiser followed by a conversion by Escamilla.

The defense was led by Triston Shirley, Dalrymple, CJ Greenwell, Keldyn Schubert, Braden Howell, and Cash Spivey.

The Pups will play Llano on Thursday.

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