DAY 11: Elks’ defense grounds Eagles
Sports Editors Note:
This is the seventh in a series of 17 football game stories that will tout either a Burleson or Centennial victory. The series is meant to get you excited about the upcoming season and also as a lead up to the release of our 2016 Football Section in our Aug. 18 edition.
Burleson qualified for the playoffs and secured second place outright by defeating Crowley, 48-21, at Burleson ISD Stadium.
Burleson has been hindered in the past two weeks by rain delaying play. The Elks bolted out to a 14-0 lead before a thunderstorm suspended play last Friday. It took Crowley one play to cut the lead in half and five more to even the score when play resumed Saturday morning.
Jaylen Johnson’s 46-yard kickoff return provided a spark that ignited Burleson. Six plays later Kobe Slaughter scored his first of two touchdowns on a 3-yard carry with 5:38 left in the first half. Trey Schuman’s sack to force a punt led in four plays to Taylor Bissell hauling in a 60-yard pass from Preston Paden with 2:21 left in the first half, and Burleson’s lead was stretched back to 28-14.
Nick Adams’ first interception stopped Crowley’s attempt to answer, and his return set up Burleson at the Crowley 28. Slaughter scored on a 1-yard run three plays later and Burleson held a comfortable 35-14 lead at halftime.
Kody Russey made a big defensive stop on the third play of the second half that in turn allowed Paden to hit Bissell on a 44-yard touchdown pass to take a controlling 42-14 lead. Paden scored his second rushing touchdown with 4:44 left in the third quarter after the defense forced another punt, stretching out the Elks’ lead to 48-21.
Two drives later, Adams sealed the victory when he intercepted his second pass.
“We were ready for them to pass,” Adams said. “I noticed everyone was lead blocking for me, and I thought I might make it to the end zone.”
Garrett Green made one of three long receptions in the game that went for scores. He caught a 62-yard pass from Preston Paden on the opening play Friday, and Burleson led 7-0. Paden scored on a 6-yard run with 4:33 left in the first quarter to move the lead to 14-0. Burleson now has a 7-0 record this season when leading after the first quarter.
“It’s great knowing we’re in the playoffs,” Green said. “We want to keep going and just focus on getting the next win.”