Dawgs fine tuning their skills

Burnet freshman Chandler Galban views an open target and sends the ball on its way during varsity 7 on 7 action in Burnet last Monday. Galban did a nice job running the offense for the Bulldogs who finished 2-1 on the evening.

By Wayne Craig
Bulletin Sports

Burnet’s varsity 7 on 7 football team is busy with both league play games in Burnet on Monday evenings as well as state qualifying tournaments on the weekends. The games are a big boost for Burnet’s skill position guys to get their football legs back under them.
Last week the Bulldogs went 2-1 with wins over Lampasas and Llano and a loss to Marble Falls.
On the second play of game one versus Lampasas freshman quarterback Chandler Galban went deep to big brother Sterling Galban for a 35-yard score. The PAT attempt failed leaving Burnet on top, 6-0.
Lampasas was held without a first and three plays later Burnet returned to the land of six. It was another deep bomb from C. Galban to Ian Carter for the TD. The PAT failed, 12-0 Bulldogs.
The Badgers answered on their next possession and cashed in the extra-point, 12-7.
The next drive for each team ended just three plays in, but it wouldn’t take long for the Dawgs to find pay-dirt on their fourth possession.
A couple of completions by C. Galban to S. Galban, Ryan Jackson, and Blaine Burkhalter had the Dawgs knocking on the door. What looked to be an endzone interception turned into six-points for Burnet when B. Burkhalter stuck with the play and the ball bounced off a Badgers hands and into his. The PAT again missed its mark, 18-7.
Lampasas went for it all on their next toss and came-up just four-yards short of the endzone with a Zack Ferguson tag. Just a few plays later the Badgers completed the drive with a touchdown and extra-points moving them dangerously close at 18-14.
Much to the delight of the Badgers the Dawgs went three and out.
Once again Lampasas went deep and a Badger receive secured the ball but not for long as Bulldog defender Dylan Wilson stripped the pass away for a Burnet pick.
Unfortunately no points came from the turnover and Lampasas regained possession just three snaps later.
The Badgers picked-up a first down before Burnet tightened-up their defense. With defenders B. Burkhalter, Jake Burkhalter, Ferguson, Braden Jannamon, Tyler Torres, Silver Hinson, and Noe Martinez on the job Burnet forced three-straight four-second penalties which eventually led to a change of possession.
With Jacob Weir at the reigns Burnet drove the length of the field and the final play of the game resulted in a Weir to S. Galban touchdown bringing the final to 24-14.
Burnet did a good job keeping pace in the first half of their game against Marble Falls. The Mustangs scored first with just seconds off the clock and added the extra-point, 7-0.
Torres had two long catches including a 20-yard touchdown to answer quickly. B. Burkhalter tacked on the extra-point to tie it up, 7-7.
The Mustangs were shutdown fast on their ensuing drive with a Hinson pick giving the Dawgs another opportunity on offense.
A C. Galban and B. Burkhalter 15-yard TD connection put the Dawgs on top, and following a Brynner Shackelford PAT Burnet led, 14-7.
It only took a few plays for the Mustangs to respond and tie the game once again, 14-14.
The Bulldogs missed a step in their next drive going three-and-out leaving the door open for the Stangs.
Marble Falls took full advantage of their possession with a length of the field score. Ferguson knocked away the PAT attempt but the Mustangs were on top, 20-14.
Three interceptions in a row had the defense on both sides looking good, but unfortunately two of those belong to the Stangs and they quickly turned the second one into points stretching their lead to, 27-14.
A frustrated Bulldog team began trying to force the ball and their final two drives of the game also came up empty.
The Mustangs tacked on one more score and claimed the game, 33-14.
Burnet brushed off the purple defeat and set their sights on Llano’s Jackets for their final game.
Things started going right for Burnet early in this one with a Jordan Godfrey interception in the very first drive.
Burnet responded with a 20-yard touchdown between C. Galban and Cater. S. Galban added the PAT catch making it 7-0 Burnet early.
The Jackets began moving the ball but Burnet’s defense flexed again with another interception this time by Shackelford.
A deep pass completion to B. Burkhalter set-up a Galban to Galban score. The extra point was no good, 13-0.
Llano found the endzone but couldn’t cash in the PAT in their next offensive series, 13-6.
The Galban brothers soon struck again with another Bulldog touchdown and extra-points, 20-6.
Three picks in a row followed, two by Burnet with Burkhalter and Wilson each claiming one.
Following Wilson’s pick the Dawgs scored their fourth TD of the game with a nice B. Burkhalter catch in the zone. He also snagged the PAT pass, 27-6.
Llano sustained a dive and put six more on the board, 27-12.
Following a Bulldog three-and-out Kaleb Alexander picked a Llano pass to end their final drive.
The Bulldogs had one more shot before time expired and on the final play before the buzzer Weir connected with Godfrey for a touchdown, 33-12 Burnet.
The Dawgs played in a state qualifying tournament over the weekend. We will update you next week on teams that are qualified to play in July’s state tournament.
Burnet will host a state qualifying tournament on Saturday, May 27 with an 8:00 a.m. start.

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