Pups and Daubers do battle

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports


When the Burnet Bullpups and Llano Daubers met last Thursday night four good games took place at Llano’s new field. Burnet won three out of four of those tough games and left with some added spirit, pride, and honor. The seventh-grade White team won, 12-8; the eighth-grade White team won, 12-6; and the eighth-grade Green team won 27-22. The seventh-grade Green team was unable to claim a victory. No official game information was available for that contest.


Seventh-grade White

The seventh-grade White team defeated Llano 12-8 due in part to their stingy defense that had Burnet’s offense navigating a short field for most of the night.

Offensive players of the game included Adrian Hernandez with a couple of long runs of 50 and 23-yards.

Kody Suter scored on a 3-yard run.

Defensively Angel Suazo had a good game including a great play on a fourth down stop to end a Llano drive. Also, Neil Denton recovered a fumble and Samuel Garcia had a big hit on special teams.

“The Pups played physical and are improving with each game,” said coach Chad Keele.


Eighth-grade White

The eighth-grade White team won their contest, 12-6.

Top defensive players were Mathew Thrane, Donnivan Williams, Tyler Patterson and Adrian Alvarez. The defense played very well with several tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Gunner Blair had a big night on special teams with two big returns. Blair also added two receptions from Jacob Howard.

Dallas Hopkins rushed for over 100-yards and scored a touchdown.

Alex Holman came up with a big interception at the end of the game.

“We are very proud of the effort of the boys and their continued improvements,” said coach Cory Spivey.


Eighth-grade Green

The eighth-grade Green team pulled out an exciting 27-22 win over Llano on Thursday.

The Daubers took first possession and ran out the entire first quarter clock and part of the second period before Bullpup defenders Greyson Barnett, Grishma Pun Magar, Braden Howell, Strat Roy, and Jaime Palacios forced a turnover on downs.

It only took three plays for Burnet to score when they finally got the ball. Jaxson Denton punched in the score on a 48-yard run. Llano answered with one score before the break.

The Pups received the ball to start the second half and came out quick scoring after two run plays of 30 and 35-yards by Marcus Escamilla. He was aided by great up-front blocking by Sean Johnson, Wyatt James, Magar, Barnett, and Hayden Henry. Jaxson Denton added the extra point.

Burnet’s next defensive stand was led by CJ Greenwell, Luke Kiser, Tim Hudgins, Cash Spivey, Johnson, and Jonathan Nandin.

It only took two plays for the Pups to add to their lead. Lane Dalrymple knocked off the first 20-yards and Escamilla took it the final 42-yards for the score.

In the fourth quarter the Daubers added a few scores and took the lead away from Burnet.

It didn’t take the Pups long to respond as they put together a tough drive with runs from Dalrymple, Escamilla, and Denton to move to the Llano 7-yard line. Burnet capped the drive and regained the lead with a Denton to Escamilla touchdown and Escamilla two-point conversion.

With about 3:30 left to play the Daubers were quickly moving down-field but the drive was ended when Escamilla recovered a fumble to help seal Burnet’s 27-22 win.

“It was an impressive game to be a part of as these young men rallied around each other to finish the game. These guys ability to be tough as a team and uplift each other is a true testament to what Bulldog football is about,” said coach Lance Jones.

The Pups will play Canyon Lake Mountain Valley this Thursday. The eighth-grade will travel to Canyon Lake while the seventh-grade will play at home.

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