Burnet scores early, often, bombs Brady, 58-0

After Ballinger, the Brady Bulldogs hoped there were no more really good teams on their schedule. They were wrong, Burnet may be more talented. Scoring every which way, the Burnet squad, playing at their place, racked up five touchdowns on their first five possessions, all in the first quarter, and won, 58-0. It took them just over seven minutes of that period to take a 35-0 margin, scoring their first TD at the 10:53 mark and their fifth at 3:57 left in the quarter. Head coach Davy DuBose was unavailable for comment Monday morning (he was at the district cross country meet), and assistant head coach Todd Bandy did the talking. “We played hard, even though we were down quickly, we finished the game and never gave up. This was evident by forcing a field goal when we were behind 42-0 late in the second quarter,” he said. Bandy said that Burnet has very talented players at the skilled positions and two of them are sophomores while one is a junior. Burnet’s quarterback Stephen McGee was virtually flawless at handling the team and passing. He completed four of five passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite receiver was Jordan Shipley who caught three passes for 99 yards, two touchdowns and returned a punt 55 yards for another. Both sophomores are sons of Burnet coaches. The top rusher, junior Patrick Miller, carried 14 times for 144 yards, scoring once. He would have scored another, but he fumbled at the goal line and tackle Eddie Rollman recovered, getting the TD. Bandy said the Brady Bulldogs had a good game plan, but did not execute it. “That’s our major problem. We work on execution all week, but when we get into the game, we just don’t execute. Otherwise, our plan would work,” he said. The coach continued by explaining that on most plays one player misses his assignment and it foils the entire play. He and DuBose have contended that, since they were hired after the spring off-season program, it affected the entire learning process of the system. DuBose was hired on June 1 and did not arrive in Brady permanently until after July 1. Injuries to key personnel has also hampered Brady’s performance. Starting QB Clifton Tally has missed three and a half games because of a rotator cuff problem and WR/DB Blake Raybion has been slowed down with a sore ankle. The Brady team had a few bright spots, according to Bandy. Johnny Menefield ran hard, gaining 65 yards on 18 carries, and Chris Airheart made some tough returns on kickoffs. “I thought our offensive line did some good things, too,” Bandy said. “I believe we may even be coming together.” Amazingly, Burnet ran only 38 plays in the entire game, but they managed to rack up 375 yards. Brady, on the other hand, ran 54 plays and could manage only 120 yards. Burnet’s first five possessions started at their own 31, Brady 18, punt return for TD, Brady 20 and Brady 32. The Brady Doggies’s closest penetration to Burnet’s goal line came in the early stages of the fourth period when Menefield recovered a fumble at the Burnet 24. After three incomplete passes, Jody Jones’ 47-yard field goal attempt was wide left. H Burnet took the opening kickoff and started from their own 31. The Bulldogs came out in a swinging gate formation, but it didn’t fool the Brady unit. On third down and eight at the 37, McGee, who stands 6-3 and weighs 180 and possessing a fantastic arm, passed to Shipley sailing it about 45 yards in the air. Shipley grabbed it in full stride and sped into the end zone. Gabe Ortiz’s kick was blocked by C.J. Villegas and it was 6-0 with just over two minutes gone in the game. On Brady’s second play from scrimmage, Colby Dodds’ pass was picked off by Burnet’s Dustin Martin, who returned it to the Brady 18. On first down Miller dashed to the lip of the goal line, fumbled and tackle Eddie Rollman recovered in the end zone for the touchdown. McGee passed to tight end Barrett Branon for the two-point conversion at the 9:35 mark of the first quarter. After three plays netted five yards, Jones punted to the Burnet 45. Shipley dodged a couple of tacklers and raced up the sideline 55 yards for Burnet’s third TD. This time Ortiz booted the extra point, and it was 21-0 at 7:13. On Brady’s third possession, three plays got six yards and on fourth down Jones couldn’t handle the deep snap and attempted to run. He was stopped for a nine-yard loss at the Brady 20. Miller took an option pitch from McGee on the first play and dashed around left end for the TD. Ortiz kicked, and it was 28-0 at 5:25. Three plays later Dodds saw another pass intercepted, this one by Warren Christian at the Brady 32. On first down McGee threw a perfect pass to Shipley who was alone in the right corner of the end zone for a 32-yard TD. Ortiz kicked again, and it was 35-0 with 3:57 left in the first quarter. On Brady’s next possession, Menefield got the Bulldogs’ first first down, a 12-yard run to the Brady 37. Four plays later Jones punted 32 yards to the Burnet 30, and Tally halted Shipley after only a one-yard return. Miller quickly went 26 and then 23 yards to the Brady 15 as the first quarter finally ended. Four plays later McGee passed 12 yards to Shane Love for Burnet’s sixth touchdown which came less than 14 minutes into the game. Ortiz did his thing and it was 35-0. Brady went three and out again, and Jeremy Shields replaced Jones as punter. He got off a 28-yarder to midfield. After a Burnet holding penalty, the hometown Bulldogs marched 60 yards in nine plays where the Brady defense held on downs at the 2. On fourth down Ortiz nailed a 19-yard field goal, upping the score to 45-0 with 3:09 left in the first half. At intermission, Brady had 29 yards in total offense while Burnet claimed 230 yards. With Burnet’s second-string taking over in the third quarter, the game became strangely even. Burnet scored two touchdowns, a 29-yard run with 5:15 left in the third quarter and a 14-yard blast by fullback Chris Levens. Brady had five first downs in the second half while Burnet made four. The Bulldogs will host Liberty Hill, a 37-23 loser to Llano last Friday, this coming Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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