Bulldogs march to 5-0 with 32-6 win

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports

 

The Burnet Bulldog football team has had a nice pre-district run and their efforts have them undefeated. Their latest victim was the Llano Yellowjackets whom the Bulldogs led 29-0 by halftime with several gift-wrapped scores.

Going 5-0 to start the season is something to smile about but it’s no secret the challenge lies ahead. Not to put a damper on things, but Burnet’s previous opponents have a combined 6-19 record while the top four teams entering 13-4A have a combined 18-1 record, and neither of the other two could be considered slouches.

Burnet is 5-0, China Spring 5-0, La Vega 5-0, Liberty Hill 3-1, Gatesville 3-2, and Lampasas has a deceptive 1-4 record after playing one of the toughest pre-district schedules.

There won’t be any give-mes in district play.

Burnet versus Llano

Burnet won the toss, elected to receive, and reeled off 10-plays for 54-yards before Tyler Torres began a career day. He lit-up the scoreboard with a 31-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 8:00 to play in the first.

Michael Lindley put the return man on his head before Reid Burton, Jordan Godfrey, and Alex Gonzales got in some defensive licks.

Reid Dalrymple up-ended the next ball carrier forcing a three and out punt.

From their own 47 the Dawgs went back to work. On the heels of Tyler Ford, Sterling Galban, Steven Gallardo, and Ian Carter Burnet marched to the Llano 22. Quarterback Koby Edwards capped the drive with a 22-yard toss to Ford for the games’ first TD. Out of a Godfrey hold Torres made it 10-0 with 2:43 left in the first.

Players like Cotton Woodum, Coleman Posey, Ford, Seth Carpenter, Garrett Young, and Rowdy Holmes made their presence felt before Ford picked-off Llano’s third play pass.

Ford raced 29-yards to the zone untouched thanks to a key two for the price of one block by Lindley at the five. The PAT bounced off the up-right leaving the score 16-0 with 1:30 left of the first quarter.

The hard running Llano backs dished out some punishment of their own during their next 8-play series but some smash-mouth play by Godfrey and Holmes put a halt to the drive.

The defenses tightened up before Burnet’s Austin Davis created another opportunity for his offense with a caused fumble that Lindley pounced on at the Llano 44.

In one play Gallardo hauled in a deep Edwards pass, absorbed a shot, and had Burnet sitting pretty at the Llano 4-yard line.

Unfortunately it was another drive that came up short of the goal line. An errant snap had Burnet settling for a 28-yard field goal. Torres came through on the kick like a champ giving Burnet a 19-0 lead.

The Bulldogs hit the trifecta on the ensuing kickoff, that being Burton holding up the return man while Woodum and Posey closed in for the kill causing a fumble that Carter quickly collected at the Llano 31.

Kiser made them pay for the mishap two-snaps later going airborne in the endzone and snatching the leather over a Jacket defender for another Bulldog touchdown. Torres put the Pat down broadway and Burnet led 26-0 with 1:51 to play before the break.

It was like déjà vu on the next kick only this time the play unfolded right in front of the BHS student section and when Lindley recovered the loose pigskin at the Llano 29 chaos erupted and the spirit of Bulldog fans reached a season high decibel.

Too much celebration cost the Dawgs 15-steps but before time expired Torres added three more points to his junior resume with a 25-yard kick making it 29-zip at the break.

The second half turned into a defensive battle for the most part. The Bulldogs had back-to-back touchdowns nullified in the third which resulted in Burnet settling for a 38-yard Torres field goal, bringing the score to 32-notta.

Burnet began resting some starters in the fourth.

With 8:41 left in the game Llano’s freshman DB Aaron Brown gave his home crowd a reason to cheer stopping another potential Bulldog score with an endzone interception.

With just over 5:00 to play Llano’s Ben Walling sprung free and galloped 75-yards before a touchdown saving tackle by Cavender stopped him just inside the 10-yard line.

With 4:49 left on the clock the Yellowjackets posted their first score of the night on a 10-yard run. The conversion failed leaving the score, 32-6.

The Jackets were closing in on a late game score and got as close as the Burnet 12-yard line before a hard fumble-causing hit by Godfrey ended the game, 32-6.

The Bulldogs will have a bye this week, giving players some much needed time to heal and recover from early season bumps and bruises.

District play will no doubt be a challenge week in and week out, starting with one of the state’s highest ranked teams, China Spring.

The Cougars are currently sitting at No.25 in all classifications and are No.3 in the 4A ranks.

China Spring beat Burnet in their last meeting, 42-26.

As far as stat leaders among district players heading into 13-4A play Burnet has several at the top of the charts. Through four games Burnet had the top three point scorers in Galban, Torres, and Kiser.

Koby Edwards has thrown his way into the first place seat in passing with 1,284-yards in five games.

Tyler Ford is high on the rushing list with 431-yards.

Pending all week five stats Torres may be the leading scorer now with 47 points.

Popping up on the defensive pre-district charts from 13-4A play include Coleman Posey, Austin Davis, and Kyle Cavender, each in different categories.

It’s a clean slate for all teams starting next Friday night and the only thing that matters now is what you accomplish in district play.

In addition to Burnet playing at China Spring, you will find Lampasas at Gatesville, and Liberty Hill at La Vega. Let the games begin!

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