A second-quarter pick six by Blayne Burkhalter set up the Burnet Bulldogs in a good position going into halftime with a 14-7 lead over the Fischer Canyon Lake Hawks on October 18 at Bulldog Field.
Except, someone forgot to tell the Hawks they were supposed to let up with less than two minutes in the second quarter and 84 yards between them and the end zone. The Hawks used their run-heavy offense to pound their way down the field.
Then, Canyon Lakes’ James Bates punched it in from 1 yard out to tie things at 14-14. The Hawks eventually won 28-20.
The loss drops Burnet to 0-2 in district play and 4-3 overall. Canyon Lake improved to 2-0 in district and 6-1 overall.
After two games into district, three squads — Canyon Lake, Lampasas, and Fredericksburg — are 2-0, with Burnet, Liberty Hill and Taylor at 0-2. Burnet heads to Liberty Hill on Friday, October 25, for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Liberty Hill lost 52-10 to Lampasas on October 18.
In the Burnet-Canyon Lake game, the Hawks took a 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs responded with Matthew Tippie connecting with Blayne Burkhalter for a touchdown pass. The point after was not good, and the Bulldogs trailed 7-6.
Then, Burkhalter grabbed an interception and returned it 36 yards for the pick six. Burnet took a 14-7 lead when Tippie hit Luke Kiser for the 2–point conversion.
But the Hawks tied it back up on the ensuing 84-yard touchdown drive.
The two teams went scoreless in the third quarter, but the Hawks were knocking on the Bulldogs’ goal late in the period. Canyon Lake punched it in on a Bates 2-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter for a 21-14 lead.
Canyon Lake pretty much put the game out of reach at the 1:11 mark in the fourth when Bates added a 1-yard touchdown run, one he had just set up with a 20-yard run.
The Hawks led 28-14 with just over a minute left.
Burnet added one more touchdown as time expired when Tippie hit Bradyn McPherson for a 4-yard reception in the end zone. The PAT was no good, ending the game 28-20.