Elks stay perfect with shutout
Going into Friday’s home-opener with Fort Worth Paschal, Burleson football coach Gary McElroy had some concerns.
Burleson hammered Saginaw, 56-7, in their season-opener and the fear was the Elks might go into the game riding a little too high.
That didn’t happen.
The Elks dominated from start to finish in a 45-0 win over the Panthers at Burleson ISD Stadium.
“You come out of a big win and you are worried they are going to think every game is like that, and maybe come out and not be as focused or think they already had it in the bag,” McElory said. “The kids didn’t think that. They played hard and fast. Last year, we got caught up in that and it didn’t turn out well.”
Last season, Paschal downed Burleson, 38-21. The Elks last shutout came Sept. 25 in a 44-0 win over Granbury.
Junior quarterback Jacob Amador got the start for the Elks and Burleson picked up where it left off last week by finding the end zone often.
Jacob Amador completed 18 of 26 for three touchdowns and ran in another.
“Jacob Amador had an outstanding game in his first start,” McElroy said.
The Elks (2-0) turned to their passing game when the Panthers sold out to stop the run.
“They weren’t going to let us run the ball, and our quarterback and receivers did a great job,” McElroy said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Seven Elks caught passes Friday. Jaylen Johnson grabbed six passes for 89 yards and a score, while Aden Anderson had six catches for 73 yards and a score.
The real star was the Elks’ defense, which limited Paschal to 32 yards on 60 plays. The only first down allowed by the Elks came on a fake punt late in the third quarter on a fourth-and-14.
Burleson forced a pair of turnovers as Jaterrius Pleasant recovered a fumble and Jared Johnson registered an interception.
“Our defense was stifling,” McElroy said. “The defense played lights out.”
Early in the game, Caleb Lewis rushed for his first of two touchdowns on the night to give the Elks a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Lewis carried 12 times for 76 yards.
Amador then found Johnson for a 10-yard score on the next drive to extend the lead 14-0.
Burleson went up 21-0 on an Amador scoring run, then Anderson hauled in a 21-yard scoring strike from Amador for a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Amador connected with tight end Brock Williams late in the third for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Edgar Lopez, who converted all six point-after attempts, hit a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Elks host Weatherford (0-2) next Friday night at Burleson ISD Stadium in their final non-district game.
McElroy said the Elks need to be able to stop the run and put the Kangaroos in some passing situations.
“Offensively, need to stay ahead of the chains and have to do a better job running the football,” McElroy said.