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.
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.
Dawgs take second place in 8-3A
The Burnet Bulldogs defeated the Lampasas Badgers on the road Friday night 42-28. The win moves the Dawgs district record to 3-2 and will have Burnet entering the playoffs as the second place team, first big school representative. A 40-38 Llano win over Brownwood on Friday night will have the Lions facing Stephenville in round one while the Bulldogs draw Alvarado for Bi-District action. Liberty Hill defeated Gatesville to finish as the 8-3A district champs with a perfect record and Llano will also enter the playoffs as a small school representative.
The Bulldog jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the game’s first drive with a Brock Foster six-yard touchdown run which was set-up by a couple of first down connections between Derek Kiser and Blayne Parisher. The Badgers quickly answered and when the first drew to a close it was a tied game at 7-7.
With 1:38 left in the half the Badgers scored on a four-yard run and after the successful PAT it was Lampasas on top, 14-7.
A determined Bulldog team answered in just 35 seconds. Two more lengthy connections between Kiser and Parisher set Burnet up at the Lampasas 20. Kiser dropped back once again this time finding Darius Johnson for the tying scoring after Huff’s PAT, 14-14.
With 55 seconds on the clock on a second and seven from their own 28 a Badger back busted loose and was eventually stopped short of the goal line by Jamal Brown. After a penalty Lampasas cashed in a eight-yard score. Jeremy Ayers blocked the PAT which made the score 20-14 Badgers at the break.
On Burnet’s second possession of the third quarter one Trenton Hafley run followed by two Foster runs resulted in a seven-yard score for Foster. With 4:35 left in the third Huff split the poles putting the Dawgs on top 21-20 which was also the score at the end of the period.
Foster returned to the end zone with 9:58 left in the fourth and after Huff’s kick it was Bulldogs 28-20. Just five seconds later Foster dashed into the end zone again on play one following an botched kickoff recovery by Jake McElroy. Huff added the PAT putting the Dawgs on top, 35-20.
Foster wasn’t quite done, on third and eight from the Lampasas 16 Kiser found the speedy sophomore and he once again trotted to the end zone for his fifth score of the night. Huff made good on the PAT putting Burnet up 42-20.
The Badgers added a late score and a two point conversion to bring the final to 42-28. Pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin for a complete game recap and information about the Bi-District match between Burnet and Alvarado.
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
Dawgs even record at 2-2
The Burnet Bulldogs moved their district record to 2-2 on Friday night with a 35-14 win over the visiting Llano Yellowjackets. The Dawgs scored the game’s first points with 3:29 left in the opening quarter on a two-yard Brock Foster run. Austin Huff added the PAT to put Burnet up 7-0.
With 7:09 left in the half Llano’s Carter Tatsch pushed across the goal line for a three-yard score and following the PAT kick the ball game was tied, 7-7.
Burnet regained their lead before the break with touchdowns on back-to-back possessions. The first was a 22-yard Derek Kiser to Blayne Parisher connection and the two hooked up again from 11-yards out for Burnet’s third score. Huff made both PAT’s to put the Dawgs on top, 21-7 at the break.
Llano took the second half kickoff and drove down-field in nine plays scoring with a little trickery on a 44-yard halfback pass. The PAT hit its mark making it 21-14 with 8:13 left in the third.
Seven plays later the Bulldogs returned to the end zone, this time on a Kiser three-yard keep. Huff split the poles and Burnet led, 28-14 with 5:50 in the third.
Both defenses continued to do battle but with just 4:35 remaining in the game Foster ran right up-the-gut for a three-yard score. Huff tacked on the PAT making it 35-14 which was eventually the final.
Llano will host Brownwood next Friday night for the district finale, while the Bulldogs travel to Lampasas.
For a complete recap of Friday’s game pick-up Wednesday’s edition of the Burnet Bulletin.
Panthers slip past Dawgs, 14-7
The Burnet Bulldogs fell to 1-2 in district play Friday night with a 14-7 loss to the Liberty Hill Panthers who moved to 3-0 in 8-3A. Liberty Hill took first possession and ran off nine plays before being faced with a fourth and eight from the Burnet 27. The Panther QB dropped back looking to pass, was flushed out of the pocket by Chase Mardis and then rocked by Taylor Barksdale which caused a fumble that Cameron Chafin recovered for Burnet.
Burnet only ran three plays and gained just two-yards before being forced to punt. Liberty Hill’s next drive produced the game’s first points when on second and seven from the Burnet 34 a Panther busted loose and rumbled into the endzone. The PAT was good putting Liberty Hill on top, 7-0 with 3:19 in the first.
With 4:59 left in the half Burnet tried a 40-yard field goal but the kick sailed wide right and eventually the first half ended with the Panthers on top, 7-0.
The third quarter went by scoreless but with 8:12 left in the fourth Liberty Hill punched in a one-yard score and following the PAT they led, 14-0. The Panthers were able to keep the Bulldog offense on the sidelines when on the ensuing kickoff they recovered an onside kick. They ran off seven plays before Kody Hall and Lance Armentrout stopped them short on a fourth and seven attempt at the Burnet 29.
It only took two plays and 20 seconds for the Dawgs to march to the end zone. Derek Kiser hooked up with Brock Foster on down one and after slipping off a tackle at the 30 he raced all the way to the Panther nine. On the very next play Kiser hit Blayne Parisher on the right side of the zone. After Austin Huff’s PAT it was 14-7 with 4:15 to play.
Three plays later the Panthers were in punt formation. On second and five Kiser hit Parisher in the center of the field moving the ball into Liberty Hill territory at the 34. Two incomplete passes and a short connection to Cody Jones left the Dawgs facing a fourth and five from the Liberty Hill 10 with 49 seconds left to play. Burnet went to the air and the pass was picked off sealing the Panthers win, 14-7.
In other district news the 0-2 Lampasas Badgers knocked off Brownwood 61-56 with a last minute score while the Llano Yellow Jackets defeated Gatesville, 37-25. Burnet will host Llano on Friday, Nov. 1. For complete game information pick up Wednesday's Bulletin.