Burleson’s defense is pretty good.
The Elks shut out the Owls, 24-0, for a District 9-5A Division II victory at Burleson ISD Stadium in a game that was shortened by lightning with 8:11 to play in the fourth quarter.
As they have in the first three games of the season, the Elks’ defense was stout. The shutout was Burleson’s second of the season.
After scoring nine points in the first half, Burleson (4-0, 2-0) got things going offensively in the second half. Playing in a driving rain storm, the Elks turned to their running game and scored twice.
Joshua (1-3, 0-2) had success at times moving the ball but only reached Elk territory once in the game on six possessions.
Game was over when: Burleson’s Edgar Lopez booted a 29-yard field goal with 21 seconds to play in the first half to give the Elks a 9-0 lead. The kick completed a 16-play, 60-yard drive that ate 7:28 off the clock.
Play of the game: Leading 9-0 in the third quarter, Caleb Lewis broke free up the middle for a 57-yard run to the Joshua 30. Then facing a fourth-and-10 at the Joshua 30, Jarrett Austin raced for 10 yards for a first down. Four plays later, Lewis scored on a 14-yard run with 3:21 to in the quarter for a 17-0 lead.
Offensive player of the game: Lewis finished with 122 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also scored a touchdown. Austin also had a nice night for the Elks carrying 15 times for 77 yards. The sophomore also scored on a one-yard run.
Defensive player of the game: The entire Burleson defense was up to the test for the fourth consecutive game. The defense has allowed two touchdowns this season. The Elks held Joshua to 149 yards of offense on 149 plays.
Unsung hero of the game: The student sections, along with bands and drills teams for both teams stayed in the stands and were loud even during a rain storm that started just as the second half began and didn’t slack out.
What’s next? Joshua hosts Cleburne at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Owl Stadium. Burleson plays Arlington Seguin at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Wilemon Field.