Elks season comes to an end
FORT WORTH — Going into Friday’s playoff game with Mansfield Legacy, Burleson had hopes of making a nice run in the playoffs.
The problem was Mansfield Legacy had other ideas.
The Broncos scored 35 first-half points to end any dreams the Elks had of advancing to the area round of the playoffs. Legacy went on to 42-3 victory in a Class 5A Division II Region II bi-district playoff game at Farrington Field.
“They were a good football team,” Burleson coach Gary McElroy said. “They were big and fast and solid. We knew they were fast but their size was what got us. They were big, man were they big. They were bigger than what they looked like on film.”
The Elks, who finished second in District 9-5A with a 6-1 record, finished the season with a mark of 9-2. Legacy (10-1) will face Dallas Kimball in the area-round of the playoffs.
McElroy didn’t let the loss diminish from the Elks’ season.
“It was a great season,” McElroy said. “It was a shame it had to come to an end that quick. I wish we could have faced someone normal. The players really believed we could make a run. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get it done against a really good team.”
“We had a great season. It was fun. This team is one of the more fun bunches I have been around. They are always smiling and having fun. The locker room was fun, practice was fun. At no point, this season was it a grind. The kids gave great effort and wanted to win. I can’t praise these seniors enough, they laid a great foundation.”
Burleson’s offense couldn’t get much traction in the first half as the Elks couldn’t move the ball in their first three drives.
Meanwhile, Legacy could not be stopped. The Broncos scored five touchdowns while only running 11 plays.
Grant Johnson put Legacy up 7-0 with a 65-yard touchdown run on the Broncos first play from scrimmage. The Broncos went up 14-0 when Rodney Jones recovered a blocked punt in the end for their second score.
The Elks were able to get their offense going when Aden Anderson caught passes of 13 and 17 yards but was shaken up on the last catch. The march ended when Burleson was unable to convert a fourth and three
On the next play from scrimmage, Legacy’s Calen Catalon ran 52 yards to the Elks 2. Grant Johnson capped the drive with a two-yard run that put the Broncos up 21-0.
On the Broncos final two drives of the first half, Catalon scored on a 71-yard run and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Rooney.
A bright spot for the Elks came in the second half when quarterback Hayden Whitten made his return to the field after missing the last nine games with an injury.
In the third quarter, Edgar Lopez, the hero of the Elks Boot Game win, nailed a 42-yard field goal for Burleson’s lone points of the night.
Legacy added its final score of the game two plays later when Michael Cain scored on a 72-yard run.
The Elks were able to move the ball in the fourth quarter with Blake Meyers at quarterback. But an interception ended the drive.