BURLESON — Burleson used a 14-point fourth quarter to overcome a 14-3 deficit for a 17-14 win over Joshua on Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium.
A one-yard touchdown run by Burleson quarterback Jacob Amador on fourth down with 1:14 left gave the Elks their first 5-0 start since 2004. Joshua fell to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in District 9-5A play.
Needing a miraculous last-minute drive, Joshua quarterback Josh Kelso, who otherwise had a solid game, was intercepted by Sam Martin to preserve the victory for the Elks.
The Owls took a 7-0 lead with 1:03 left in the first half on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kelso to Mitchell Minton. Burleson quickly moved into scoring position and Edgar Lopez hit a 29-yard field goal as time expired for a 7-3 score at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Owls pushed their lead to 14-3 on a six-yard touchdown pass from Kelso to Hayden Chittum on fourth down on the first play of the final frame.
It didn’t take Burleson long to respond as Amador connected with Aden Anderson for a 71-yard touchdown pass to pull to within 14-10 with 10:48 remaining.
Joshua had two chances to extend its lead or control the ball but couldn’t get much going offensively. Burleson’s defense held Joshua to just 180 yards of total offense.
While the Owls had the advantage in the turnover margin, 4-1, Burleson’s defense forced Joshua into two crucial turnovers on downs in the first half — one on fourth-and-2 form inside the 10-yard line.
Neither team could get much going offensively as both teams were held to under 65 rushing yards and averaged two yards per carry.
Anderson led Burleson with four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
article written by Cleburne Times Review