CLEBURNE — After losing late leads in their first two games in District 8-4A play, the Burleson Elks closed out a game Friday in a 28-20 win over Cleburne at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
Burleson (2-4, 1-2) controlled the football, running 77 plays compared with 50 for the Jackets. The Elks, led by quarterback Isaiah Hall and running back Ayinde Alaajiy, churned out 219 rushing yards on a Cleburne defense that had been tough to run on.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when, on the first play from scrimmage, Darion McCullough scampered 66 yards for a touchdown. But Burleson later responded on a 3-yard run by Alaajiy.
Cleburne (4-2, 2-1) reclaimed the lead on a 1-yard run by Bre Miller midway through the opening quarter, which was set up by a pair of receptions by freshman Spencer Suitt.
Trailing 20-7 midway through the second quarter, Burleson pulled to within one score on a 3-yard run by Hall with 1:15 left in the first half.
The Elks’ defense stood strong and held Cleburne scoreless in the second half, and the offense added a pair of Hall-to-Trayvon Webb touchdown passes to take the 28-20 lead.
Burleson forced Cleburne to turn the ball over on downs three times on the Jackets’ final three possessions
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