Pep Rally fun in the sun

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BULLETIN SPORTS

 

There hadn’t been a district wide pep rally at BHS since 2003 but that old tradition came roaring back last Friday. Students and teachers from Bertram, Shady Grove, Burnet Elementary, RJ Ritchie, BMS and BHS packed into Bulldog Stadium last Friday and the voices were heard.

Before hundreds of athletes took their turn running through the tunnel on to Bulldog field the crowd kept busy with a cool round of stadium waves.

There were school cheers, to see who could be the loudest and proudest, and from ground level all sounded great, but the Burnet junior high might have reached the highest decibel.

The Esprit de Corp performed their award winning show, Orbit, and cheerleaders of all ages kept the crowd pumped with cheers, souvenirs, and some high-flying stunts.

The middle school Belles drew standing applause with a great routine. Needless to say this was an old tradition that was gladly welcomed back.

The Bulldog football team carried plenty of emotion into Friday night’s contest. It wasn’t always pretty but they fought through mistakes and earned a crucial double overtime victory over the Gatesville Hornets. Like many I was almost voiceless at the end.

There was no rest for the weary, my wife and I were off and running to Lampasas bright and early Saturday morning to catch some district cross country action.

There was plenty of spirit, pride, and honor displayed there. Cross country is a painful sport at times but I watched many Burnet athletes run through their agony to some personal best times.

I get tired just watching them run and want to rush in to help at times when they can barely stand, but yet they always find the grit, courage, and strength to empty the tank down the final stretch.

My hat’s off to each of you runners who gave it your all.

Through my week I jotted down several notes of stand out players or performances, these things top my list.

I’ll start with regional qualifiers Trynadee Greenwell and Abby Bullock who finished second and sixth at the 19-4A district cross country meet to earn a regional spot. Brie Luedecke proved that it’s worth fighting to the finish line as she came from behind to tie for first in the JV girls division.

Hat’s off the eighth grade boys cross country team for their first place district finish.

Gunner Blair had a nice readjustment turn around for a touchdown catch in middle school action on Thursday. You made a tough play look easy!

How about those high kicking junior high Lady Belles? You high kickers know who I’m talking about.

When your name is Kash Dollar and you cash in on a 62-yard kickoff return for a touchdown you get recognized.

Eighth-grade football player Dallas Hopkins makes the list. During a full rushing sprint Hopkins got almost parallel avoiding a near tackle with an arm on the ground move before bouncing back up vertical with only toes and fingertips ever touching turf and then sprinting to the house for a 51-yard score. It was one of those moments you just had to see in person.

Now for the most memorable plays of the year thus far. A goal line strip by Kiser was simply an enormous play that allowed the following. You don’t appreciate how important a snap, hold, and kick are quite the way Bulldog fans did for the double overtime win Friday night. Kiser snap, the great Godfrey hold, and the clutchest 21-yard kick of Tyler Torres’ career were all huge parts of the Dawgs double OT win, 38-35. I See You Torres, Godfrey, and Kiser! Way to fight to the end Dawgs.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading the Burnet Bulletin.

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