Burnet, district’s top team, next for Brady

Following a heartbreaking loss last Friday to previously winless Llano, the Brady Bulldogs turn their attention to the Burnet Bulldogs, probably the best team in District 26-3A, according to coach Davy DuBose. The two teams are at the opposite end of the spectrum, Burnet is 5-1 while Brady is 1-5. Burnet is coming off a solid victory over Liberty Hill, 21-0, while Brady had a unfortunate outing against the Yellowjackets, losing 22-0 in a game that was shortened by lightning threats. “We have to put the Llano game behind us and be positive against Burnet,” DuBose told the Standard-Herald Wednesday morning. “Our problem last week was that we were not ready to play. We just need a better effort this week if we are to compete against Burnet,” he added. Injuries have hampered Brady in recent weeks. Starting quarterback junior Clifton Tally went down against Ballinger three weeks ago with a rotator cuff tear in his throwing shoulder. Although he is able to play defense, he cannot throw the ball. “Clifton is out for at least another week,” the Brady coach said. Others on the sidelines are center/defensive tackle Fidel Huerta, who went out two weeks ago in the Comanche game. “Fidel, out with a strained MCL in his knee, was originally expected to be out from four to five weeks, but we are hopeful that he will be ready for our last two games,” DuBose said. “Casey Long, a 5-9, 195 pounder, has been Huerta’s replacement, and he’s played well. He has potential, but he’s only a sophomore and lacks experience.” Another two way starter, Blake Raybion, sprained an ankle at Llano and is listed as questionable for the Burnet match-up. “Otherwise, we are pretty much together,” the Brady mentor said. DuBose did say Wednesday that reserve QB Colby Dodds performed better against Llano and is gaining experience. The Brady coach said that Burnet’s only blemish record-wise this season is a 21-14 loss to Taylor in the season’s opener. Their victories have been over Lampasas, Rockdale, Dripping Springs, Early and Ingram last week, 42-6. Under new head coach Bob Shipley, formerly at Rotan, Burnet, the largest school in the district at 748 students, has a couple of game-break-ers in sophomore QB Stephen McGee, a 6-3, 180-pounder who is the son of the school’s basketball coach. “McGee is the real deal,” DuBose said. The other top player is Shipley’s son, Jordan, who at 6-0, 160 pounds, is one of the top 400-meter runners in the state. “He is a wide receiver with great speed and hands, and only a sophomore,” DuBose said. “Those two new players have greatly boosted Burnet’s football program,” he said. DuBose also said that Burnet has 10 players on the roster that weigh over 200 pounds. “Their offensive front reads 255, 245, 240, 235, and their smallest player weighs 220. We also have to deal with a talented tight end who is 6-0, 190,” the coach said. “It appears to be a tough situation for us, but we hope to be up to the challenge,” he added. The top running back is a returner from last year’s 6-5 district runner-up team’Patrick Miller, who is a 5-10, 190, junior. “Miller compares to Ballinger’s top sophomore, Antonio Posey, in running style. Posey is faster, but Miller is more powerful,” the coach said.

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