KELLER — Recie Saunders finished what he started.The Keller Timber Creek running back scored three touchdowns in the second half and caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in overtime to push the Falcons past Burleson 47-44 on Thursday night at Keller ISD Stadium.Saunders led Timber Creek with 187 yards rushing on 24 carries. He also had two receptions, both for touchdowns.Timber Creek trailed 34-20 at halftime and saw that deficit grow to 21 early in the third quarter. Then Saunders took over, scoring on runs of 80 and 5 yards, on the first play of back-to-back drives. That cut Burleson’s lead to a touchdown, a deficit that was erased with 8:27 left in the game by Saunders’ leaping touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. The junior’s lone miscue was a fumble late in the fourth quarter that gave the Elks’ possession on the Timber Creek 49. But the Falcons’ defense held, stopping Kobe Slaughter on fourth-and-7. Slaughter bulldozed his way through the right side, nearly reaching the first down. But then he side-stepped to the right, allowing Timber Creek defenders to stand him up less than a yard from the marker. Burleson freshman kicker Hayden Whitten made a 42-yard field goal to put the Elks ahead in overtime. But Timber Creek went back to Saunders, who pounded three runs to the Burleson 4. After getting tripped up for no gain, Saunders was spelled for a play by quarterback Anthony Millsap, who was held at the line. Then Millsap called Saunders’ number, looking the defense to his right before pivoting a pass left to an open Saunders near the goal line.
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