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Page IB Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Wayne Craig From the Dawg House It's how you respond It's no secret that the Bur- net Bulldogs are in one of the toughest districts around. Fri- day night was proof that it's gorma be a dog fight for all who want to take part in the post-season; in boy's or girl's sports. Both the Lady Dawgs var- sity volleyball team and the football team took one on the chin Friday night with lop-sid- ed losses. To put it mildly, it was no easy week for BHS sports as a whole, with China Spring made a clean sweep over all Bulldog football teams, while Liberty Hill did the same to our girls program a second time around. We simply weren't the bet- ter teams last week. It's easy for some to point fingers and say where things went wrong, and while it's frustrating as a Bulldog fan just remember these young athletes never gave up fighting on the playing field; so don't give up on them. With the amount of talent piled up in our district, espe- cially football, it's a guarantee that good teams will be defeat- ed every Friday night. Everyone gets knocked down at some point or anoth- er; it's how you pick yourself up and respond that will define you. Gatesville Hornet team to Bulldog Stadium this Friday. The Hornets had a 42-13 lead over Lampasas at one point but had to fight hard for a 56- 42 victory over the Badgers. The other contest in 13- 4A last week was a back-and- forth game between La Vega and Liberty Hill. The Panthers carried an early lead but the Pirates came back and handed them a 34-20 loss. So after week one, La Vega, China Spring, and Gatesville are 1-0; with Bur- net, Liberty Hill and Lampas- as sitting at 0-1. It will most definitely be another interesting showdown this Friday night that has much of the state watching. It will be another battle of the unbeat- en at China Spring with 6-0 La Vega rolling into town. Liberty Hill will march over to Lampasas with each team looking for an all important first district win, and Gates- ville will come into Burnet for a match-up that is sure to have fans on the edge of their seats. There will be no gimmes in this district. My I See You this week goes to all the fans who stuck it out to the bitter end wheth- er that be at volleyball or football. Those that were still cheering loud and proud until the final play was made, I See You. There were several great sports performances out of BHS this week including out- standing golf games by Jess Luther and Colton Parker. Luther shot an impressive 71 at the Teravista Meet to claim first place, while team- mate Parker shot a fantastic round of 74 for a silver finish. Luther also won the lon- gest drive contest with a 364- yard drive. On the cross country front the varsity girls team took fifth place overall and was paced by Trynadee Greenwell who finished ninth overall. Bur- net's top varsity boy was Tan- ner Abbott; JT Killebrew took first in the JV boys division. The JV girls top finisher was Izzy Ramon. The cross country teams will run in Lampasas this Sat- urday for their district meet. That's all for this week. Thanks for reading the Burnet Bulletin. I I I I Burnet suffers first loss of season By Wayne Craig Bulletin Sports It wasn't all ugly in Cou- gar Country last Friday night. While the score may indicate a complete behind-the-wood- shed thrashing by No.3 Chi- na 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 their first play at their own 14. Ford rumbled into the zone Burnet running back Preston Reeves finds the corner and rumbles down-field for a District opener in China Spring. The Dawgs will host Gatesville this Friday night at 7:30 lengthy drive efforts. The hometown team then re- on the following snap and put ;l'here were drops, missed spondedwi~:methodieal'~ 16, the'Bulldoggi'~:'the score. a'sgignments, and penalties; playdrive that included'one board with an ll-yard rush. Photo by Wayne Craig/Clear Memories nice pick, up during Friday night's p.m. All are part of the game, best of all there was no finger pointing, the Bulldogs lost as a team to a better team on that given day. That one is behind them, now a little amnesia, some quick healing bodies, and a rowdy Bulldog crowd is need- ed as a stout Gatesville Hornet team rolls into town on Friday. For record purposes there has to be a recap; so here's the g gffge ~ .......................................... Burnet won the toss and elected offense. With some nifty moves Burnet's Steven Gallardo moved the chains on play one with an 11-yard catch and run. Quarterback Koby Ed- wards got'em twice with hard counts before connecting with Sterling Galban on a deep ball to the China Spring 38. Gallardo again moved the sticks with a 10-yard grab, but the Bulldogs' first series ended on play 11 with a turnover on downs at the Cougar 19. The Cougars avoided a di- saster recovering a fumble on in punt formation with not a effort on defense and Cotton step gained, Unfortunately the Woodum, Austin Davis, Reid Cougars caught Burnet sleep- Burton, and Cavender were ing and: easily picked-up the the next wave of defenders fourth-down pick-up and was Tyler Tones added the PAT, 10-yards needed plus 40 more making plays forcing a three capped with a 2-yard touch- 14-7, 4:00 to play in the half. as the punter raced to the Bull- and out. down run on third down. The The Cougars promptly dog 10. Galban soon had fans PAT made it 7-0 with l:441eft answered with a seven-play This is about when the cheering with a spectacular in the first. 63-yard drive, scoring on a wheels fell offofthe wagon. 41-yard catch with blanket Preston Reeves was the40-yard pass with the Cougar Two plays later the Cou-coverage on him. That put early workhorse in Burnet's receiver's pants near his knees gars punched it in for a 5-yard Burnet just 15-steps away. second series but the Dawgs as he sprung free and found score, 28-7, 10:20 third. On their next snap and un- were forced to punt on play the endzone. Extra-point good, Penalties put Burnet in fortunate throw-away pass by nine. 21-7, 1:35 until break, deeper holes on back-to-back Edwards didn't make it out of The speed of Tyler Ford In a hurry up offense the kickoffs and China Spring bounds and a Cougar settled in saved a touchdown on the Dawgs leaned on Gallardo and continued to pile on the points, and awaited an easy pick; he Cougars' next snap as he ran Ford first and behind some Their next score came on a then returned the ball all the db'~in~'a~ ~igihtifig' Cal. Hi ..... great blocks they Were thl;eai/= 72@ard' QB keep, PAT good, w'g~'ba~k t0'the Burnet 10. teammates Coleman Posey, ening at the Cougar 39. Galban 35-7, 8:08 third. Great Bulldog defense pre- Jordan Godfrey, Gallardo, and Kiser' appeared to have By the 5:54 mark of the vented a score here but with Galban, and Drew Kiser made turned the scoring threat into third the Cougars had forced a 2:53 left in the contest a Cou- some defensive plays of their a sure bet when they hauled three and out and were re-vis- gar found the: zone on a 4-yard own, but after 10-plays the in back-to-back passes ad- iting the paint, this time on a run capping a nine-play 63- boys in blue found pay dirt vancing Burnet to the Cougar 44-yard catch and nan to make yard drive, 49-7. again. It was a 10-yard pass 6-yard line. Clock stops for a it 42-7. The final score of the game that posted points, 14-0, 7:41 first down but controversy en- There was no quit in thecame on a 4-yard Edwards to left in the half. sued as the Bulldogs were set, Dawgs and on the heels of Rowdy Holmes pass which Galiardo and Ford fought ready and immediately spiked Galban, Ford and Gallardo brought the final score to for tough yards with a few with one tick left that ran off Burnet covered 70-yards in 49-13. totes each before Edwards with no explanation as the seven-plays, where they had In stat comparison Burnet spun and hurdled his way into halftime buzzer sounded,a first and goal from the five, had 435-yards of offense, 330 China Spring territory on a 14- The Bulldogs' defense but a stingy Cougar second- passing with one TD and one yard run. A fantastic long-ball returned with a fighters spir- ary forced three consecutive INT; and 105 rushing with one catch under tight coverage by it and in short time two huge incomplete passes to turn the TD. Galban helped set-up Burnet's plays by Kyle Cavender and ball over. The Cougars did most first score from the 11. an errant pass had the Cougars It was a collective no-quit Burnot ... see page 8B Photo by Wayne Craig/Clear Memories Burnet Highlandette Amber Childress displays a picture Wayne Craig/Clear Memories perfect pirouette during the Esprit de Corps performance Burnet's Rowdy Holmes leaps over a China Spring defender and hauls in a Koby Edwards Friday night in China Spring. The Highlandette dancers pass for the games' final score. The Bulldogs suffered a tough loss in the District 13-4A have been doing a fantastic job helping entertain the crowds opener but hope to rebound this week when the Gatesville Hornets come to town, during haiftime and are always on-point when on the field,