Two wins, a loss, and a tie for Pups

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BULLETIN SPORTS

 

It was a mixed bag of outcomes last week when the Pups and the Gatesville Hornets did battle on the gridiron at Bulldog Stadium. The seventh-grade White team lost a close match falling just short, 14-8. The seventh-grade Green team improved their district record to 2-0 with a 28-0 win over Gatesville. The eighth-grade White team played well on both sides of the ball and settled for a 14-all tie. The eighth-grade Green team came away with a nice 36-6 victory. All teams will have a bye this week.

 

Seventh-grade White

The seventh-grade White team went to battle with a good Gatesville team last Thursday night and unfortunately suffered a tough loss, 14-8. Offensive standouts included Dakota Hopkins who had a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. His success on the ground was aided by the blocking of Avery Holcomb, Angel Suazo, Tyler Gonzalez, Ivan Carreon, and James Leon.

Defensive standouts included Lee Frank and Anthony Alvarez. These two led the defensive charge with several tackles.

 

Seventh-grade Green

The seventh-grade Green team completely dominated Thursday’s game in all areas winning the contest, 28-0. The Pups were led on offense by Devonte Miller who scored three times, Landon Christian, James Alexander, and Joshua Parker, as well as the line of Conner Keele, Isaiah Hughes, Angel Suazo, Dylan Perry, Michael Sariol, Nicholas Ynfante, and Colton Davidson.

Burnet was led defensively by Caleb Roberts, Samuel Garcia, Jesse Laidler, Trevor Allen, and Brandon Ng, as well as Kash Dollar, and Alexander with a fumble recovery.

Dollar also had a nice special teams play with a 62-yard kickoff return for a score on the second-half opening kick.

“This group of kids is so special and are very fun to coach. Very proud of their efforts,” said coach Sidney Parker.

 

Eighth-grade White

The Burnet eighth-grade White team ended their game in a 14-14 tie. Top defensive players were Tyler Patterson, John Larned, Jordan Young, Raymond Jowers, and Tate Young. The defense had several tackles for losses.

Gunner Blair had one reception from Stone Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown and Raleigh Young rushed for the two-point conversion. Dallas Hopkins put Burnet’s other points on the board with a 50-yard rushing TD. Will Rundzieher was also a standout with a good ground game for Burnet. Stevenson Williams had a touchdown saving tackle on special teams. “We are proud of the effort and continued improvement,” said coach Cory Spivey.

 

Eighth-grade Green

It was a big victory for the eighth-grade Green Bullpups who cashed in a 36-6 win. “The whole team played extremely well with great execution and toughness,” said coach Lance Jones. Burnet scored three times on offense and had two other touchdowns called back.

Big blocks on the offensive line came from Hayden Henry, Greyson Barnett, Jaime Palacios, Dean Johnson, Wyatt James, and Grishma Pun Magar. Hunter McCoy also did a nice job blocking for the Pups.

Leading rushers included Marcus Escamilla, McCoy, Keaton Rodriguez, and Lane Dalrymple.

Strat Roy, Triston Shirley, and Cade Rye led the way in the receiving category.

Offensive scores came by way of a Jaxson Denton to CJ Greenwell pass with Escamilla taking in the conversion. Denton also found Escamilla for a 68-yard score with Denton making good on the conversion. Rodriguez posted an offensive score as well with an 18-yard run to the land of six.

Defensively the Pups played a great game. Gatesville scored once on a long pass, but other than that Burnet held strong on several fourth and short situations and had a goal line stand.

Escamilla had a pick-six in the first half and a Denton to Luke Kiser connection added the conversion. Escamilla also took advantage of a tipped pass by Keldyn Schubert turning the INT into six points.

Greyson Barnett had a good defensive game as well with a lengthy return following an interception. He also recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

Other defensive standouts included Cash Spivey, Jonathon Nandin, Braden Howell, Matthew Tippie, Danny Escamilla, Tim Hudgins, and Mason Bean.

Following a bye this week the Pups will host Lampasas on Thursday, Oct. 27.

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