Elks nearly perfect in blowout win
SAGINAW – After a slow first quarter, Burleson rattled off 56 unanswered points as the Elks defeated Saginaw 56-7 Friday night at Rough Rider Stadium in what coach Gary McElroy called one of the best played games in his tenure with the Elks.
“That was the cleanest, most well-played game that we have had in the six years I’ve been here,” Geller said. “The special teams were outstanding. The defense had one series where we missed a tackle and they scored. Once the offense settled down we were hitting on all eight cylinders.”
The Elks offense was rolling under the direction of quarterback Hayden Whitten. The senior threw for four touchdowns and ran for another.
After trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Burleson (1-0) went on to score in every possession in the second quarter. The first touchdown of the game for the Elks came on a quarterback sneak by Whitten on a fourth-and-1 and there was no looking back from there.
“After the defense allowed that score, they buckled down, took some coaching and just shut them down,” McElroy said.
Following a turnover on downs, Jaylen Johnson returned a punt for 50 yards for a score that gave the Elks their first lead of the game at 14-7 with 8:57 to play in the second quarter.
The Elks didn’t wait long to score again as Whitten found Aden Anderson for a 65-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive. Six plays later Isaac Dagley picked off Saginaw QB Xavier McAfee and once again it was off to the races. Whitten found Jaylen Johnson in the corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Elks a 28-7 lead with 2:13 to go in the half.
With seconds remaining in the half, Whitten found Johnson again on what would be one of the most impressive plays of the game. Johnson scored a 39-yard reception shaking off one Rough Rider defender, a facemask, and avoiding three other would-be tacklers. The score sent Burleson into halftime 35-7.
Burleson didn’t slow down in the second half as Whitten found Caleb Lewis on the first play from scrimmage for a 71-yard touchdown. Jacob Amador then went on to rush for two touchdowns in the second half in which he had 45 rushing yards on five attempts on the night.
With as impressive the Elks offense looked during the game, the defense at times looked even better. Senior linebacker Zach McDaniel caused havoc in the backfield throughout the night by collecting a sack, and ending another Saginaw drive by pressuring the QB. The Elks held Saginaw to only 28 rushing yards on the night, and created two turnovers.
The Elks play their home-opener on Friday night against Fort Worth Paschal (0-1). The Panthers opened the season with 40-14 loss to Irving.
Burleson 56, Saginaw 7
Burleson 7 28 7 14 - 56
Saginaw 7 0 0 0 - 7
S - Fred Tshitoko 34 pass from Xavier McAfee (Felix Cano kick).
B - Whitten 1 run (Whitten kick).
B - Johnson 50 punt return (Whitten kick).
B - Aden Anderson 65 pass from Whitten (Whitten kick).
B - Jaylen Johnson 17 pass from Whitten (Whitten kick).
B - Johnson 39 pass from Whitten (Whitten kick).
B - Caleb Lewis 71 pass from Whitten (Whitten kick).
B - Jacob Amador 7 run (Edgar Lopez kick).
B - Amador 8 run (Lopez kick).
Team Statistics B S
First Downs 15 11
Rushes-Yards 32-206 29-28
Passing Yards 235 204
Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-15-0 23-34-1
Punts-Avg. 2-21.5 3-40.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 6-55 11-72
Rushing – Burleson:Devin Stevenson, 10-50; Caleb Lewis, 5-50; Jacob Amador, 5-45; Hayden Whitten, 6-38; Jonathan Banks, 6-23. Saginaw: Lane Taylor, 8-21; Kameron Williams, 6-13; Keondre Vasser, 1-8; Clay Campbell, 4-3; Patrick Hayes, 3-2; Brandon LaBeau, 1-0 Xavier McAfee, 6-(-7).
Passing – Burleson: Whitten, 6-14-0-224; Jacob Amador, 1-1-0-110. Saginaw: Williams, 10-14-0-110; McAfee, 13-20-1-94.
Receiving – Burleson: Aden Anderson, 2-87; Caleb Lewis, 1-71; Johnson, 3-66; Jaden Dotson, 1-11. Saginaw: Tyree Taylor, 6-47; Fred Tshitoko, 3-45; Clay Campbell, 3-32; Hayes, 2-25; Lane Taylor, 3-8; Michael Jones, 1-(-2).