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Burnet football up against Alvarado’s ‘smart and savvy’ defense in bi-district

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — Just as Lampasas was gaining confidence against the Burnet High School football team Nov. 8, Bulldogs sophomore running back Brock Foster took over.

He led Burnet into the Class 3A Division I playoffs with a 42-28 victory.

“It’s great to be back in the playoffs again,” Burnet head coach Kurt Jones said. “Brock played well. It was a great team effort.”[box]GAMETIME
Burnet Bulldogs vs. Alvarado Indians
KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15
WHERE: Tiger Field, 600 Lake Road in Belton
TUNE IN: Listen to KBEY 103.9 FM or at KBEYFM.com starting with a pre-game show at 7 p.m.[/box]

The Bulldogs (7-3, 3-2 in District 8-3A) will meet Alvarado at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Tiger Field, 600 Lake Road in Belton, for a bi-district championship.

Alvarado (6-4, 3-1 in District 7-3A) enters the contest on a two-game winning streak. The Indians’ only division loss was to Stephenville, 41-7 on Oct. 18.

Alvarado averages 265 rushing yards a contest and 46 receiving yards a game.

The rushing attack is led by 5-foot 5-inch junior running back Adrian Hendrick, who has 267 carries for 1,555 yards and eight touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Adam Everitt has completed 27 passes for 393 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Senior receiver Jay Holland has caught 10 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

“They’re a power-run team,” Jones said. “They’re based out of the Power-I formation. They have a good little running back.”

He noted Alvarado’s stingy defense is led by a physical defensive line.

“They’re very, very sound,” he said. “They really do not make a whole lot of mistakes in assignments and coverages. I would describe their secondary as smart and savvy.”

Had Lampasas won, the Badgers would have taken the final playoff berth in District 8-3A since Llano defeated Brownwood 40-38 on Nov. 8.

Instead, the Bulldogs scored 21 points in the final 12 minutes for the win. Foster scored all three touchdowns: a 12-yard run, a six-yard run and a 16-yard reception from senior quarterback Derek Kiser.

The sophomore had 10 carries for 83 yards and four touchdowns and caught two passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.

The Bulldogs racked up 563 yards of total offense and allowed the Badgers 367 total offensive yards.

Kiser completed 17 of 22 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Senior running back Trenton Hafley had 20 rushes for 167 yards, and senior receiver Blayne Parisher caught 10 receptions for 231 yards.

“Our kids were really challenged at halftime,” Jones said. “We challenged them to go out and win the physical aspect, the blocking and tackling. Things began to fall into place and shaped up the way we needed them to.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com