Elks down Cougars, stay in hunt for share of district title
Burleson football celebrated senior night Friday in the best way possible – with a 28-14 District 9-5A victory over Arlington Seguin at Burleson ISD Stadium.
With a playoff berth already in their back pocket, the Elks kept their dream of sharing the 9-5A title alive with the win.
“It was a great team effort and a big win for us,” Burleson coach Gary McElroy said. “The kids played hard.”
Burleson (8-1, 5-1) plays at Crowley Friday to end the regular season. A win by the Elks over Crowley and a Centennial victory over Everman would give the Elks a share of the district title.
The Elks couldn’t have asked for a better start as Jaylen Johnson returned a punt 45 yards after the defense forced a three-and-out. Burleson needed just two plays to take a 7-0 first-quarter lead when Devin Stevenson scored from nine yards out.
Later in the first quarter, Isaac Dagley picked off a pass by Seguin quarterback Jorge Barerra, but Burleson’s offense couldn’t get anything going to take advantage of the turnover.
“Seguin’s defense is pretty good,” McElroy said. “We watched a lot of film on them and people didn’t move the ball at will on them. They gave us fits in the first half.”
Seguin’s offense woke up late in the first quarter, putting together an eight-minute scoring drive. Barerra finished off the march with a nine-yard scoring toss to Madison Ridgeway. A fumble on the point-after kick attempt kept the Elks ahead 7-6 at the end of the first half.
The Elks used some special teams trickery to take a 14-6 lead in the second quarter.
Facing a fourth-and-six, Aden Anderson took the snap out of a punt formation and raced 43-yard for the end zone. Anderson capped the electric run with a dive inside the pylon for the score. Anderson’s run gave the Elks a 14-6 lead.
Late in the first half, Seguin turned to its passing game to tie things up 14-14. The Cougars closed to within 14-12 when Evan Lacey caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Barerra. Seguin tied the game when Barerra connected with Ridgeway on a two-point play that sent the teams into halftime tied at 14-14.
After a failed field goal attempt on the opening drive of the second half was recovered by the Elks at their three-yard line, the Elks were able to turn the miscue into a 21-14 lead. Burleson quarterback Jacob Amador found Carson Hallack for a one-yard scoring pass.
In the fourth quarter, Jonathan Banks put the Elks up 28-14 with a one-yard touchdown run that capped a 94-yard scoring drive.
“After struggling against Seguin’s defense in the first half, we found something offensively,” McElroy said. “Went on a 94-yard drive to ice it and go up by two scores.”
In the second half, the Burleson defense tightened up, limiting Seguin’s offense to just two first downs.
“The defense played lights out in the second half after facing a lot of screen passes in the first half,” McElroy said.