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Burnet Bulletin N B' Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Wayne Craig From the Dawg House Road trip recovers small town memories It was a tough week at times in my coverage of Bulldog sports. I was proud of the way our volleyball girls played last Tuesday even in a loss to Liberty Hill. Like many other fans I saw where they may have left some points on the floor with missed serves, ect but they stuck together as a team and gave it their best, and they bounced back with a win on Friday over Taylor. It was heartbreaking to learn that two-time cross country state qualifier Trynadee Greenwell wasn't able to run at the district race her senior year due to concussion protocol, but life will throw you a curve ball from time to time. I would like to recognize a few who did run and competed well. Big congrats to varsity boys runner, Cade Rye, who brought home a 15 place medal. Also congrats to the eighth-grade boys team who placed second overall. Last but not least, a shout-out to eighth- grader, Hudson Bennett, Who claimed the overall individual gold and finished 40-seconds ahead of the second place finisher with an 11:01 run to the district championship. Friday brought a mixed bag of emotions for many Bulldog fans and nobody was ready for what unfolded under the Friday night lights at Bulldog field. The 56-7 loss to the Lampasas Badgers had many voicing their opinions a loud on social media. With so many friends tied to each side of this topic it's probably best I don't share a direct opinion. Following Friday night's game the wife and I took a road trip for no other reason than to just get away. It was an enjoyable get-a-way and gave me some time to think. We got to spend time with our two youngest in Stephenville. We also traveled to Commerce, TX through torrential rain and watched the Tarleton Texans soundly defeat the No.7 defending National Champions in Division II A&M Commerce, 47-21. We really didn't have a dog in the fight personally, just a trainer on the sidelines, but we sat back and witnessed the actions of fans from a semi- nonbiased point of view. Losing like that to the Tarleton Texans brought out the ugly in some Commerce fans who are probably respectable people in everyday life. Both were very good teams, the Texans just played more fundamental football and limited their errors. Commerce made several big mistakes that led to a final score that didn't indicate how close in talent the two teams were. Did their coaches make mistakes? Absolutely they did, as did the players. Each coach, at every level will in pretty much every game they coach. There were a lot of comparisons from this game and the Bulldogs'. The Tarleton Texans appeared to be a little more gifted in talent and handled adversity better I!~11 I1~115~ see page 8B Photo by Wayne Craig/Clear Memories Senior defensive lineman Roger Craig drives his man across the Badger backfield and into the ball carrier for an assisted tackle during Friday night action against Lampasas, m roll roll By Wayne Craig Bulletin Sports Last Friday night the Lampasas Badgers rolled into Burnet. There was a little rain in the forecast, but nothing could have prepared Bulldog backers for the deluge that was about to take place. It was widely viewed that Taylor, Burnet and Lampasas, in no particular order, were the outside teams looking in in District 14-4A. If that is fact, the Badgers proved they aren't the lowest on the totem pole after putting a 56-7 thumping on the Bulldogs on their home turf. It was the worst varsity loss to a Badgers team since the turn of the century and perhaps ever. There was no silver lining to be found, and instead Bulldog injuries were added to the insult. The evening kicked off with a salute to first responders, then came the game. The Badgers got first go on offense and confidently marched 67-yards in six-plays, capping their opening drive with a 3-yard quarterback keep by Ace Whitehead for the night's first score. The PAT was good, 7-0, 8:55 first. It only took the Bulldogs four-plays to answer. Marcus Escamilla moved the chains first on a 14-yard run and Blaine Burkhalter garnered a new set of downs with a 10- yard grab from Jaxson Denton. The score came on a razzle-dazzle type play, there were a lot of moving parts but it worked to perfection. Denton took the snap and gave to Burkhalter, who reversed it back to Escamilla, who pitched it back to Denton, who then delivered a deep ball to a wide-open Bradyn McPherson for a 50-yard touchdown connection. Jose Salazar knocked the point after through, 7-7, 7:28 first. From this stage of the game forward things began to quickly unravel for the home team. Before the first quarter ended the Badgers reeled off a nine-play 65-yard scoring drive making it 14-7 on a Whitehead to Jaylon Porter 6-yard pass. Lampasas Badgers bring 56-7 storm The Badgers offense soon returned and promptly covered 46-yards in five-plays moving inside the Burnet 15-yard line before a Braeden Howell caused fumble was pounced on for a Bulldog recovery by Gerardo Murillo. A three and out forced by the Badgers defense had the Dawg defense called back to duty. From the mid-field stripe the ensuing five-play 51-yard Badger drive with a 9-yard run to pay-dirt, 28-7. 7:09 second. Thanks to a Devonte Miller to Wyatt Young pass the Bulldogs got out of a third and 20 hole but the 10-play drive didn't produce any points as the ball was later turned over on downs. From their own 27 the Badgers took two-snaps it only took the boys in blue before scoring on the third on two snaps before Whitehead and Porter hooked-up for another score, this time from 45-yards out. Whitehead PAT good, 21-7, 10:15 inthe half. Cameron Everts capped a deep middle Whitehead to Everts 53-yard connection to make it 35-7 at the break. The game's next score came at 7:34 of the third when a high Bulldog snap ended with a 62-yard Giovani Bienbenu scoop-and-score to make it 42-7. In short time Lampasas intercepted a Denton pass setting-up another Badger score. That brought about a one-play 32-yard touchdown drive as Whitehead found Everts for another score, 49-7, 3:49 third. Early fourth action had the Badgers capping a five-play 67-yard series with a 5-yard Jack Jerome rushing TD, 56-7, 11:02 minutes to play. Personnel began changing for both teams but the results were similar. The Badgers picked a Wyatt Young pass Photo by Wayne Craig/Clear Memories Brayden McPherson sprints to the zone during early first quarter action tying the Burnet versus Lampasas game at 7-all on a 50- yard catch and run. five-plays later. A heavy dose of running soon ran out the clock ending a game the Bulldogs can't forget soon enough. The Bulldogs travel to Canyon Lake this Friday to take on the undefeated 6-0 Hawks, who defeated Taylor 37-20 last week. The Liberty Hill Panthers rumbled past the Billies of Fredericksburg 69-7 mowng to 4-1, 1-0. Don't let the Panther's blemish fool you, their only loss came in a 52-51 game to undefeated Hutto in overtime. Friday's game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start, hope to see you there.