Coming home after being on the road for three weeks, the Wildcats were looking for another win in district play on their home turf. But the Girard Trojans set the tone of the game early by picking off a pass on the first play of the game by the Cats. Girard scored 21 points before the Cats put up a score with a Johnson to Beyer pass to go to halftime trailing 21-7. Girard opened the third quarter with an 82 yard scoring drive, added a 50 yard drive for a TD, and used a fumble recovery to gain a short field to produce a third score in the quarter. Juan Ortiz finished the scoring for the Trojans in the fourth quarter with a 26 yard field goal to cap the 45-7 win.
District play finishes on Thursday, October 30, as the Cats host Anderson County on Senior Night at Wildcat field. Seniors and their parents will be introduced prior to the game at 6:30. The Burlington High School Band will also be performing their Glow Show at halftime on Thursday night also. Look for a large crowd to be on hand this week but if you can’t be there in person, tune in at 7:00 for Jim and Rick to bring you the call on 97.7 THE DAWG.
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The Burlington Wildcats opened district play on the road with a 24-21 win over the Iola Mustangs Friday night. Both teams struggled to maintain drives in the first quarter with Iola finally putting the only points of the first half on the board topping a 12 play, 72 yard drive to lead 7-0 at the half. Iola scored on their first drive of the second half to take their largest lead of the game 14-0. Burlington answered with a 44 yard Kendall Jeffers run to get on the board 13 seconds later. QB Macha went to the air to find Walden for an Iola TD which Cats QB Johnson answered with a 25 yard strike to Grant Shell closing the gap to 21-16 with :59 left in the third quarter.
Now is when the defense earned their stripes. Kendall Jeffers picked off a Macha pass at the 40 yard line in front of the Iola bench. Four plays and Johnson carries it in for the Cats to take their only lead of the night 24-21. On Iolas next possession, Cooper Whitworth picks Macha again on the Iola sideline. The Cats drive is stalled and they punt the ball away to Iola with 3:23 remaining in the game. The Mustangs drive to the 9 yard line and face a 4th and 1 with 45 seconds remaining and two timeouts. Forgoing a field goal try to tie the score, the Cats defensive line holds strong denying the Mustangs and secure the victory.
After a trifecta of road contests, the Cats return to Wildcat Field this Friday to take on the Girard Trojans who dispensed Anderson County in the other District Four contest last week. K-Preps pregame show airs at 6:30 with Jim and Rick taking the air with the live action at 7:00. Scores from around the area and across the state can be heard at 10:00 from the Kansas High School Scoreboard show on 97.7 THE DAWG.
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Burlington Wildcats opened the 2014 season with a 45-18 win over the Eureka Tornadoes on Friday night.
The Cats scored on their opening drive of the night with Alexas Carrasco scoring from four yards out to take a 7-0 lead just two minutes into the contest. Eureka came back to score in the first quarter also but failed on the extra point with the Cats leading 7-6 at the first break. Eureka opened the second quarter capping off their scoring drive with a 17 yard TD pass from Pitko to Lyons to lead 12-7. That lead was shortlived as James Beyer returned the insuing kickoff 81 yards to retake the lead 15-12 which held through the first half of play.
Eureka took to the air again to open the second half on their third touchdown of the night though not able to convert on the extra point attempts as they led 18-15. Kendall Jeffers put the Cats back on top with a 44 yard TD run followed by another Carrasco scoring run to end the quarter with the Cats leading 30-18. Jeffers scored on a 21 yard TD run to open the fourth quarter and added another score just one minute later when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 45 yard for the final score of the night.
Opening the season with a TVL win, the Cats will face another perenial TVL powerhouse, Caney Valley, this Friday at Wildcat Field. Game time is 7:00 with Jim and Rick bringing you the live coverage on 97.7 THE DAWG and the live feed at www.977thedawg.com.
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Click here to listen to our interview with Cheech Martin of “Cheech and Chong” who will be appearing at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on Wednesday, September 17th.
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