Burleson junior running back Caleb Lewis carried the load in the first half and sophomore running back Jarrett Austin carried it in the second half and the Elks opened District 9-5A Division II play with a 51-6 over Waco University Friday night at Waco ISD Stadium.
Lewis scored the Elks first two touchdowns to help Burleson improved to 3-0 overall a 1-0 in district play. Austin added a score in the first half and found the end zone twice in the second half.
University (1-2, 0-1) suffered its first loss since snapping the state’s longest losing streak with a win over Austin Travis last week.
Game was over when: With 57 seconds left to play in the first quarter, Austin Jarrett scored from a yard out. Kicker Edgar Zarazoga then ran up the middle for the two-point conversion to put the Elks up 21-0. The big play on the five-play drive was a 35-yard toss from quarterback Jacob Amador to Aden Anderson that put the ball on the Trojans 1.
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Play of the game: Facing a second-and-15 at the University 40, Lewis broke free up the middle and weaved his way through the Trojans defense for a 40-yard score. The touchdown scamper put the Elks up 7-0 with 8:53 remaining in the first quarter.
Offensive player of the game: Lewis had a big night carrying 11 times for 97 yards and two scores. Austin finished with 118 yards and three scores on 14 carries.
Defensive player of the game: Waco University defensive lineman Qua’Vean Mitchell scooped up a fumble at the Burleson 21 and raced to the end zone for the Trojans first score of the night. The touchdown cut the Elks lead to 21-6 with 10:19 to play in the first half.
Unsung hero of the game: Burleson’s defense didn’t let the Trojans run a play in their territory. University finished the game with 51 yards of offense on 43 plays.
What’s next? The Elks hosts Joshua at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium. The Trojans play at Cleburne at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Yellow Jacket Stadium.