Elks can't hold off Paschal late, fall 38-28
FORT WORTH – J.C. Mueller’s heads up play with 9:28 remaining Friday gave Burleson its first lead since early in the second quarter.
It was gone 26 seconds later and three unanswered fourth-quarter scores lifted Fort Worth Paschal past Burleson, 38-28, at Farrington Field.
Burleson (1-1) meets Weatherford (0-2) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Kangaroo Stadium in the 38th meeting in the series. Weatherford leads the series, 19-18. Paschal (2-0) remained unbeaten.
Louie Hill hauled in a 36-yard pass from Hayden Whitten to tie Friday’s game, 21-21, with 11:31 left and the defense forced Paschal to punt. The kick coverage rushed downfield, but the punt didn’t and Mueller scooped the ball off the turf at the Paschal 48 and his return gave Burleson a 28-21 lead.
Paschal answered when Edmond Allen scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, his first of two in the fourth quarter, to even the score, 28-28. A fumble on consecutive plays gave Paschal a short field that it turned into Allen’s game-winning score on a 14-yard run to take a 35-28 lead with 3:09 left. Jackson Joy’s 26-yard field goal inside the final two minutes sealed the win.
Burleson had been unbeaten in eight prior meetings with Paschal, the last in 2011.
Hayden Whitten was having his way early with the Paschal defense. He kept the ball four times for 71 yards on the game’s opening drive and his 10-yard touchdown run gave Burleson an early 7-0 lead. He had 110 yards on 12 carries at halftime.
Burleson had an opportunity to build on it’s first-quarter lead with a 47-yard field goal, but instead a fourth-and-7 pass play came up a yard short and Edwin Allen countered with a 3-yard touchdown run to cap an 11-play, 76-yard drive with 8:59 left in the second quarter.
Jaylon Robinson’s 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half gave Paschal its first lead with 11:47 left in the third quarter. Devin Stevenson countered with a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:50 left in the third quarter.
Robinson scored again on a 45-yard reception from Cooper Bates with 1:05 left in the third quarter, and Louie Hill’s 36-yard touchdown reception with 11:31 left in the fourth quarter evened the score at 21-21, leading to Mueller’s play that gave Burleson a fourth-quarter lead it couldn’t protect.
Whitten had 155 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries. He completed six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Burleson had held Saginaw to 165 total yards and 2.2 yards per rush in the season opener, but Paschal tallied 365 yards and 6.9 yards per rush.