Season ends for Bulldogs
The Burnet Bulldogs fell short, 41-34 to the Lubbock Cooper Pirates at Saturday’s regional playoff game in Brownwood ending their very successful season. The Dawgs rolled off 12 plays to start the game but turned the ball over on downs at the Cooper 26 yard line. The Pirates only needed four plays to put the game’s first points on the board and with 6:08 left in the first the Bulldog trailed, 7-0.
The Dawgs knotted the game at 7-7 by way of a 63-yard throw and catch from Derek Kiser to Brock Foster. Alex Melvin made good on the PAT and the first ended all tied up.
Two possession later Foster broke loose and blazed from inside the Bulldog 20 to inside the Cooper 20 to quickly flip the field. A facemask flag on the play added a few more steps and on the next snap Kiser found Blayne Parisher for the go ahead score. Melvin’s PAT had Burnet on top 14-7.
Before the break Cooper responded with a 17-play drive, which included four third down conversion, and eventually resulted in a three-yard score. Burnet’s Jeremy Ayers busted through on the PAT attempt and blocked it leaving the Bulldogs on top 14-13 at the break.
After deferring the opening kickoff the Pirates took control to start the second half. The Cooper QB pushed his team all the way to the Burnet 10 where they scored on a pass play. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Cooper took the lead 19-14.
The Bulldog’s first drive of the second half came up short on a fourth down play at the Lubbock 30. It only took Lubbock two plays to cash in on the opportunity and after the PAT they increased their lead to 26-14, which was the score at the end of the third.
Burnet answered with a lengthy drive that was capped by a two-yard Trenton Hafley run. The PAT hit the upright but the Dawgs closed the gap to 26-20.
The Pirates once again gave themselves some cushion with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a two-yard score. A second chance two-point conversion made it 34-20 with 8:26 to play.
Kiser and Parisher quickly moved the Dawgs down-field and on first and 10 from the Cooper 27 Foster scooped up a pass and scored. Melvin made the PAT and the Dawgs moved closer at 34-27.
The Pirates took control of the ball and drained more than five minutes off the clock on the way to their final score. The touchdown came from 35-yards out and with just 2:02 left in the game Cooper led, 41-27.
The Bulldogs quickly went to work and scored in under a minute with a Kiser to Joel Johnson touchdown connection. Melvin made the PAT which brought the score to 41-34.
An onside kick ensued but the Pirates took control of the ball and after one first down and two knees the game went into the books as a 41-34 Pirate win.
For complete game information and stats from the game pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.
Dawgs advance with 55-35 Area win
It was all Bulldogs in the first half of Friday night's area game in Waco against Kennedale. With temperatures hovering just above freezing and rain coming down the Dawgs used a solid run defense and fluid offense to take a 35-8 lead at the break.
After holding the Wildcats three and out on the game's opening drive Burnet rolled off a seven plays to drive to the Kennedale 15 yard line. A holding call eventually backed the Dawgs up to the 32-yard line where they were faced with a fourth down. On fourth and 23 from the 27 Derek Kiser dropped back and found Trenton Hafley who trotted in for the games first score. After the Alex Melvin PAT Burnet led, 7-0.
Kennedale drove to the Burnet 35 on their next attempt but the defense once again flexed their muscles, this time with a great interception by Tyler Krause. Eight plays later Burnet returned to the zone with a Hafley 10-yard run. Melvin's PAT made it 14-0 with .36 seconds left in the first.
Just four minutes later the Bulldogs increased their lead to 21-0 with a Hafley 6-yard run and Melvin kick. The drive was led by Hafley who toted the ball on all five snaps.
Kennedale put their first points on the board with 9:12 left in the half on a three-play 65-yard drive. They also cashed in a two-point conversion to make it 21-8.
The Dawgs found themselves in another fourth down situation on the next drive facing a fourth and goal from the nine-yard line. Once again Kiser was cool scanning the field and found Brock Foster in the end zone to put Burnet on top 28-8 after Melvin’s kick with 7:22 left in the half.
Burnet’s next big play came on defense as Chase Mardis sacked the Wildcat QB on a fourth down attempt for a 17-yard loss giving Burnet possession in Kennedale territory.
Two plays later an 11-yard screen pass to Joel Johnson resulted in a Bulldog touchdown. Melvin added the point after making it 35-8 just before the break.
Following a Burnet turnover Kennedale scored on their first possession of the second half. It was a 10-yard run that added the points and after the kick the board read, 35-15.
After a balance Burnet drive Hafley took the honors of cashing in his fourth touchdown of the night, this one from two-yard out out of the Wild Dawg formation. The point after was blocked leaving the score, 41-15 with 4:11 left in the third.
Hafley added his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the game in the fourth quarter which pushed Burnet’s points total to 55. The Wildcats scored on the very last play of the third and again on the very last play of the game which made the final, 55-35.
Burnet’s Area win will have them facing either Abilene Wylie or Lubbock Cooper in the regional round next week. It’s the first time the Bulldogs had a Thanksgiving week football game since the 2003 season. Wylie and Cooper will play on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs will have to wait until then to see where the playoff road will lead them next week.
Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for a complete game recap as well as regional playoff information.
Dawgs win Bi-District Championship, 41-14
The Burnet Bulldogs earned a Bi-District Championship with a 41-14 victory over Alvarado on Friday night in Belton. The Dawgs seemed to be clicking in every area of the game with some solid hits on defense, outstanding catches, and great special teams play.
The Indians scored the game’s first points on a six-yard touchdown run with 7:23 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Burnet answered on their very next drive with a 35-yard Austin Huff field goal to make it 7-3 with 4:27 left in the first.
The Dawgs took their first lead of the night with just over a minute left in the first on a 43-yard Derek Kiser to Trenton Hafley connection. Huff hit the PAT and the first ended with the Dawgs on top, 10-7.
The second quarter belonged to the Bulldogs. Following a devastating hit by Jamal Brown that caused a fumble Burnet marched downfield in eight plays and scored on a 10-yard screen pass from Kiser to Cody Jones. Huff’s PAT made it 17-7 with 8:43 left in the first half.
Taylor Barksdale and Kody Hall forced the Indians three and out and it only took two plays for Burnet to return to the endzone. On a second and 10 from their own 43 Kiser found Jones who did the rest and after Huff’s kick the Dawgs led 24-7 with 6:43 left in the half.
On the very next play the defense was at it again. This time Cutter Dewbre caused the fumble and Jamal Brown scooped it up putting Burnet’s offense back on the field. Just four plays later Burnet cashed in the opportunity for six-points on a Kiser to Foster 29-yard touchdown connection. Huff added another mark on the board giving Burnet a 31-7 lead.
Before the half ended Huff kicked through a 36-yard field goal to make it 34-7 at the break.
The Indians took the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 20-play drive that consumed most of the third quarter. They scored on a second and goal from three yards out, 34-14.
With 2:04 left in the third the Dawgs added to their total with a 59-yard touchdown between Kiser and Brock Foster. Huff hit the PAT to make it 41-14 which was eventually the final.
The Dawgs will now face Kennedale, who beat Burkburnett 57-28 on Friday. That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Waco ISD Sports Complex. Liberty Hill will also advance in the playoffs after knocking off Hillsboro. Llano and Brownwood were both defeated in Bi-District play. Pick-up Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin for complete game information.
Faith Academy loses, 42-26
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
The Woodlands Christian Warriors knocked the Faith Academy
Flames from the unbeaten ranks Friday night with a solid dose of running and
The Warriors jumped to a three touchdown lead to start the
game and held off Faith Academy, 42-26, in the TAPPS Division II playoff game
at Pony Stadium.
Faith Academy trailed 22-6 at halftime, scoring their only
first half points on a 33-yard fumble return by Jonathan Reyes after a big hit
from Matt Manley on the quarterback of The Woodlands.
Faith Academy (10-1) opened the third quarter with a solid 10-plya, 69-yard drive and scored
on an Austin Ellis run from one yard out with 7:05 left in the third. A pass
for two points failed leaving the score at 22-12.
Llano falls 35-26 in bi-district round
BELTON – Llano’s tough-to-absorb 35-26 loss to Glen Rose at
shiny Crusader Stadium shouldn’t overshadow a magnificent season, especially
for a group of seniors who completely turned a football program around.
In the first playoff game in three years, the Yellow Jackets
won everything but the final score.
District champs finish 8-1
eighth grade Orange team (8-1, 5-0) defeated the Brownwood Lions last Thursday
night in Llano to earn Llano’s first eighth grade district championship since
2006. In the end, Llano found a
way to get it done, 20-12.
In a fashion that was
the only fitting way to win this one, the Dauber defense recovered a fumble in
the end zone to break a 12-12 tie in the fourth quarter which turned out to be
the winning play. "Our defense has
been stellar all season long so having this unit score the winning points is
the only way I would have it,” coach Landon Sanderson said.
Gallery: Marble Falls v. Leander
After a one-sided display of offensive fire works in the first half, the Marble Falls Mustangs fell to the Leander Lions Friday night at Mustang Stadium. Click on the image to view the gallery.
Llano wins way into playoffs, 40-38
By Jim Goodson
Llano barged into the playoffs by defeating Brownwood 40-38 Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets (5-5, 3-2) will play Glen Rose (5-5, 3-2) in round one next Friday night. Time and site is to be determined.
"This is everything we’ve dreamed of,” quarterback Layton Rabb said after the game. "Most of us seniors have been playing together since we were little kids. This is a great feeling.”
Rabb is now Llano High’s all-time passing leader despite missing four games his senior year. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns against Brownwood to bring his career total to 4,083 yards, surpassing the 2,614 yards of his big brother Preston Rabb, who Layton describes as his "idol growing up.”
Junior Tommy Yelvington’s interception with 31 seconds left sealed the deal against the proud Lions (2-3, 5-5) and quarterback Chris Keesee, who was frantically trying to pass BHS into position for a game-winning field goal.
"We were in Cover Two and he (Keesee) just threw it short,” Yelvington said. "This is just an awesome feeling.”
Running back Carter Tatsch was held to 49 yards rushing, but he scored four touchdowns on runs of four and 26 yards and receptions of 18 and 67 yards. "This was our last game on this field and we wanted to go out winners,” Tatsch said. He was an inspiration all night with his hard-nosed running and receiving/
Senior Chance Ware, who can play every position on the field, hauled in a 71-yard touchdown pass from Rabb on the second play of the second half to give Llano a 27-17 lead.
The rollicking second half was a battle of wills – and Brownwood blinked, committing two turnovers and 10 penalties. For the second game in a row Llano played a flawless game: no turnovers of any kind.
"That’s a testament to our kids,” head coach Craig Slaughter said. "That’s good football."
Faith Åcademy closes unbeaten regular season
Faith Academy completed its unbeaten regular season with a
50-19 victory over Central Texas Christian Friday night at Pony Stadium.
The Flames completed their regular season at 10-0 overall with
their sixth home victory.
The Flames win the TAPPS Division III-District 4 title and
will await seeding for the playoffs, which begin in two weeks.
Many of the team’s in TAPPS complete their seasons next
week. Last year, Faith Academy played Cypress
Christian in the first round of the playoffs and then were eliminated by Hallettsville
Sacred Heart in the second round
Burnet beats Llano, 35-14
By Jim Goodson
BURNET – Llano and Burnet played an error-free football game Friday night: neither team lost a fumble nor suffered a turnover – a rarity in high school football.
Burnet’s 35-14 win was closer than it sounds. The outcome was in doubt until Bulldog sophomore Brock Foster scored the final touchdown with 4:38 left in the game.
Llano (4-5 and 2-2) can clinch a playoff spot with a win next Friday at home against Brownwood (4-5, 2-2). Burnet (6-3, 2-2) is also in the mix.
The game matched the two best quarterbacks in District 8-3A, which Texas Football magazine lists as the top Class 3A district in the state.
Llano’s Layton Rabb completed 17 of 28 passes for 250 yards and rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries.
Burnet’s Derek Kiser connected on 13 of 22 tosses for 126 yards and a touchdown.
The home team Bulldogs amassed 441 offensive yards, led by Foster’s 13-159-2 effort.
Offenses dominated with Burnet amassing 24 first downs while Llano managed 17.
Rabb electrified the full house at Bulldog Stadium with a fourth down, 33-yard bullet to senior Chance Ware on a vital, third quarter scoring drive. The rangy 6-5, 200-pound senior roamed sideline-to-sideline before throwing a strike down the sideline to Ware.
Even Bulldog fans stood and applauded the sterling play.
Seniors Lance Reven and Mason Ladd and junior Holden Simpson had outstanding defensive games for the Yellow Jackets.
Burnet handed Llano a 35-14 loss Friday night in a District
8-3A football game.
Llano falls to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in district play with a
regular season finale against Brownwood at Llano next week.
Burnet improved to 2-2 in district with the win.