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District win with Defense

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.

“Voice of the Wildcats”

Jim Hills

Hard road to Neodesha

Winning their own Homecoming then going on the road to spoil the Fredonia Yellowjackets  Homecoming, you wanted to think the Cats were tuned up to face the Neodesha Blustreaks on their Homecoming night. Didn”t happen. Burlington had trouble getting their offense moving in the first quarter with Neodesha getting on the board first on a 21 yard Johnson run to take a lead they would never relinquish. Shinkle and Songer each scored two touchdowns for the Streaks in the second quarter as Neodesha lead at halftime 31-0. Scoring one more TD in the third brought on a running clock fourth quarter where Burlington scored their lone touchdown on a Johnson to VanderLinden pass for a 38-6 final score.

The Wildcats finish their TriValley portion of the season with a 3-3 record. The next three games will be Class 4A II district play beginning with a road trip to Iola. The Mustangs have struggled this year and bring a 1-5 record to district play. The Cats return home for the final two games of the season with Girard and Anderson County.

“Voice of the Wildcats”

Jim Hills

Fun time in Fredonia

A Homecoming win put the Cats back on track as they hit the road to Fredonia on Friday. Pushing the ball back and forth throughout the first half, the score was tied O-O with Burlington gaining 119 yards to Fredonias 116 yards. The Yellowjackets opened the second half with a 67 yard, 3 play drive but a bad snap thwarted their extra point attempt to take a 6-0 lead. Burlington drove 90 yards on a 14 play drive to get on the board but also failed on the extra point kick attempt. 44 seconds later, James Beyer picked off an Ostrosky pass and returned it 25 yard to score for the Cats and take a 13-0 lead. Another long drive in the fourth quarter produced a TD as the Cats lead stretched to 20-6 before one final drive that nearly ran out the clock was stopped with 25 seconds left giving the Wildcats an opportunity to execute a late game field goal by Whitworth that split the uprights to cap the final score at 23-6.

Burlington(3-2) faces their final TVL opponent on Friday as they travel to Neodesha. This game will set the stage for Class 4A II district play in the final three games of the year.


“Voice of the Wildcats”

Jim Hills




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

“Voice of the Wildcats”
Jim Hills

Cheech Martin Inverview

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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