DAY 7: Elks flex muscles, rout Joshua, 69-24
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.
The most potent offense in District 8-5A scored early and often last Friday, and as Burleson eased past Joshua, 69-24, at Owl Stadium, it moved closer to a third straight postseason appearance.
The Elks’ first team offense played only about 20 snaps in last week’s throttling of Joshua. Kobe Slaughter scored on his first two carries and Burleson scored on four of its first seven plays. Slaughter’s 41-yard touchdown run 32 seconds into the game gave Burleson a lead it would never relinquish.
“Everyone played a role,” Slaughter said. “We have too many threats offensively. We can run inside, outside and throw it to a lot of receivers.”
Jaylen Johnson scored on Burleson’s fifth play from scrimmage and Slaughter added an 80-yard touchdown run on the next Burleson play of the night. He appeared at one point to be boxed in by Joshua’s defense, but he broke a tackle and Taylor Bissell picked up a block en route to the end zone.
“I couldn’t have scored without him,” Slaughter said. “He was yelling ‘come on, let’s go.’ “
That gave Burleson a 20-3 lead. Brady Camp hauled in a 56-yard touchdown pass from Preston Paden on the very next Burleson play – Burleson’s seventh play of the night – and it ended up being the game-winning score.
Joshua burned a majority of the second quarter on a 16-play, 78-yard drive that ended in its only touchdown of the first half on a 10-yard Nathaniel Rutherford run with 2:02 left.
Burleson wasn’t finished. Preston Paden scored on a 19-yard run with 31 seconds left before halftime, and Kody Gentry’s interception set up Taylor Bissell’s 50-yard touchdown pass from Paden as time expired in the first half, with the Elks holding a 41-10 lead.
“A lot of people got their hands on the ball and made plays,” Paden said. “We were trying to get everyone involved.”
Garrett Green hauled in his first touchdown pass of the season on a 20-yard completion from Paden, set up by Ja’Quan Johnson’s fumble recovery with 22 seconds elapsed in the third quarter. David Tubig scored on a 6-yard run and Reese Etter caught his first touchdown pass of the year on a 2-yard delivery from Paden to spot Burleson a 62-10 lead.
Paden left the game completing 8 of 12 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns. He added 93 yards and a touchdown rushing.
Slaughter had 150 yards and the two scores on four carries before he was lifted from the game.
Derrik Chailifoux capped Burleson’s scoring with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Hayden Whitten, who converted 9 of 9 conversion kicks. Burleson scored on each of its first 10 drives of the game.
Burleson averaged 16.2 yards on 22 carries, and 16.8 yards on 37 plays. On the first seven plays of the game, Burleson had 291 yards of offense. It compiled a season-best 622 yards of offense and scored a season-high 69 points. Burleson ran just 14 plays in the first half, but had a 41-10 lead.