With China Spring’s exit from the state playoffs last week, just one game short of the championship, the 2016 13-4A All District list was released. Burnet captured 13 spots on the list including four on first team, five on second team, and four listed as honorable mention.
All the superlative awards went to players from either China Spring or La Vega, including the overall District MVP which was claimed by the Cougar’s Cutter Haigood, a senior member of the team.
Offensive MVP was earned by La Vega junior Jamal Williams, while the defensive MVP award went to Kody Fulp of China Spring.
Two sophomores from La Vega split the newcomer award, John Richards, offensively; and Donta Stuart, defensively.
The coach of the year award was also split between the two schools going to Mark Bell, China Spring; and Willie Williams, La Vega.
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.
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.
Barn burner: (noun) something that arouses much interest or excitement.
Many on hand for last Friday night’s football game between the Burnet Bulldogs and the visiting Gatesville Hornets would agree that there was plenty of interest and excitement from this contest.
It wasn’t always pretty but the Bulldogs overcame a handful of self-inflicted set-backs with a double overtime victory, 38-35.
Eventually it was the trusty toe of Tyler Torres that had fans breathing a sigh of relief. A 21-yard Torres kick sealed the deal but let’s not forget the Drew Kiser strip nor his snap , or the great Godfrey hold.
Before a signal was even given Torres was on a dead sprint across the Bulldog turf with celebrating teammates in hot pursuit.
It’s a good thing for digital technology, the following quotes came from sunny Florida where Tyler Torres was located on Saturday.
It was a common theme in the middle school reports that the China Spring Cougars had some speedy teams. The Bullpups were unable to slow the Cougars and lost their games last week on the road. The seventh-grade White team fell short, 30-12. No report was available for the seventh-grade Green team.
In the eighth-grade division the White team kept it close but lost an 8-0 contest. The eighth-grade Green team also fought it out in a tough game but fell short to the Cats, 30-28.
The seventh-grade White team had a tough time stopping the Cougar running backs and eventually lost their contest, 30-12. The boys played tough throughout the contest but could not keep up with the scoring of the Cougars.
It wasn’t all ugly in Cougar Country last Friday night. While the score may indicate a complete behind-the-woodshed thrashing by No.3 China Spring over No.10 Burnet, one might want to investigate before judging a book by its cover.
The contest could have easily been a seven-point game at half; rather than 21-7.
Anybody that’s calling it like they saw it knows Burnet missed many opportunities.
Yes, those China men have some big play ability in their arsenal. They proved that in the third via a fake punt, long quick shift runs, and even through the air. Right now they are the cream of the crop, but not out of Burnet’s league. Factor in the fact that the Bulldogs marched inside the 20-yard line four times; two of those inside the five with no points to show for those lengthy drive efforts.
Burnet’s BMS White teams had a tough time last Thursday night against Mountain Valley. The seventh-grade White team lost to the Cougars, 36-6 and the eighth-grade White team fell short , 20-8. As of presstime Green team information was not available.
The seventh-grade White Bullpup football team lost to the Cougars of Mountain Valley, 36-6. Mountain Valley took advantage of short-field opportunities as Burnet’s offense struggled for much of the game.
Offensive players of the game were Adrian Hernandez with a 67-yard touchdown run and Dakota Hopkins with a nice 50-yard rush.
The Pups defense had some good plays from Samuel Garcia and Kody Suter who had several behind-the-line tackles.
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.
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.
The Jackets win over Burnet’s JV on Thursday night had a little extra sting as it also ended a two-game win streak for the Dawgs. The Bulldogs are 2-3 going into the break with wins over Fredericksburg and Crockett and losses to Reagan, Marble Falls, and Llano.
On Thursday night in Burnet Llano opened the game with a first quarter 43-yard rushing touchdown followed by a successful two-point conversion, 8-0.
They increased that lead in the second quarter with a 78-yard scoop and score fumble recovery and two-point conversion making it 16-0 early in the contest.
Burnet did answer before the break scoring on a 4-yard Ryan Jackson run and at the half it was 16-6, Llano.
In the third period the Jackets broke loose scoring from 29-yards out increasing their lead to 22-6.
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.
In all four of Burnet’s middle school football games against Marble Falls last Thursday there were highlights for the Pups, but unfortunately none of the squads in green were able to post a win.
The seventh-grade White team fell short, 28-0; the seventh-grade Green team lost, 28-24; the eighth-grade White team was on the short side of a 14-0 ball game, and the eighth-grade Green team came up empty, 30-20.
The seventh-grade white team traveled to Marble Falls on Thursday and dropped their match against the Ponies, 28-0. Offensive standouts for Burnet included Adrian Hernandez and Carlos Olivera who led the Pups in rushing. Good blocking up-front was provided by Avery Holcomb, Jacob Peaster, Tyler Gonzalez, Ivan Carreon, and James Leon.