DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR
WACO — Waco University entered the contest on a 19-game losing streak, but the Trojans gave the Burnet Bulldogs everything they could handle, even coming from a 27-13 deficit to tie things up in the third quarter.
But Burnet closed out strong by scoring 17 unanswered points for the 44-27 win Sept. 18. The Bulldogs improve to 3-1 as they prepare to host the Taylor Ducks for homecoming Sept. 25.
Burnet started the scoring in the first quarter on a solid drive. Quarterback Austin Moore connected with Brock Foster on a 24-yard pass on third down and 9 to keep things moving. Then two plays later, Moore hit Joel Johnson for a 27-yard completion, one of many for the night. Eventually, Burnet worked the ball down to the Trojans’ 2-yard line, where Foster punched it in for a 7-0 lead with Tyler Torres’ point-after conversion.
But on Waco University’s first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, Nick Ward raced 62 yards for a touchdown. The point-after attempt failed, but the Trojans were right in the game at 7-6.
The Bulldogs responded on their next drive, working their way to Waco University’s 43-yard line, where Foster rambled into the end zone. But a hold would bring the play back and put the ball on Burnet’s side of the field.
That didn’t stop Johnson from running the ball 54 yards on the next play for a touchdown and a 13-6 Burnet lead.
The Trojans, not ones for wasting much time in the first quarter, upped the ante on the next play from scrimmage. This time, it was their young quarterback, Osea Cadena. The sophomore raced 79 yards for the touchdown, and with the extra point, Waco University tied things up at 13-13.
For all the first-quarter scoring, things were quiet in the second quarter. That was until Burnet’s defense put a tremendous amount of pressure on the Trojans’ punter, who only managed a 4-yard punt with about two minutes left in the half.
The Bulldogs took over on Waco University’s 28-yard line. Moore hit Johnson for an 18-yard reception, which set up a Moore-to-Wesley Shackleford 10-yard touchdown play. Torres’ point after was good, and Burnet headed into halftime with a 20-13 lead.
In the third quarter, right out of the gate, Burnet added to its lead. Moore and Kel Winn connected on a 31-yard pass play, which put the Bulldogs on University’s 8-yard line. Two plays later, Moore hit Johnson for a 5-yard touchdown and, with the point after, a 27-13 lead.
The Trojans, however, weren’t about to throw in the towel.
On their next possession, Ward rambled 58 yards for a touchdown, and Burnet’s lead was cut to 27-20. Then Waco University’s defense held Burnet in check and forced an 11-yard punt. This set up the Trojans offense with the ball on Burnet’s 45-yard line.
And the Trojans took advantage of it.
They worked down to the Burnet 23-yard line, where Cadena raced in for the touchdown.
With 2:41 left in the third, the game was tied, 27-27.
Burnet then went on a 17-point run. Moore and Shackelford connected for an 8-yard touchdown completion; Torres hit a 23-yard field goal; and Foster topped things off with a 2-yard touchdown run with just over 2 minutes left in the game.
But it wasn’t just the Burnet offense. The Bulldogs’ Cullen Ferrill forced a fumble that Keedrick Hill recovered, setting up the Torres field goal.
Then with University starting to move down the field, Burnet’s Trent Rockafellow snagged a ball snapped over Cadena’s head. This gave Burnet’s offense great field position on University’s 23-yard line, which eventually led to Foster’s 2-yard touchdown and secured the Bulldogs 44-27 victory.
Burnet returns home Sept. 25 after a three weeks on the road. They host Taylor for homecoming at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Listen to the game on 106.5 powered by KBEY or at KBEYFM.com under “Burnet Football.”
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