2005-09-28 / Sports

Bears maul Bulldogs, host Mustangs this week

By Allen Smith True Citizen Staff Writer

STAFF PHOTO BY ALLEN SMITH Stefan Rountree drags down a Butler runner.       STAFF PHOTO BY ALLEN SMITH Stefan Rountree drags down a Butler runner. “We got after them and didn’t let up on them, and that’s what you’ve got to do,” Burke County football coach Steve Summers said after Friday’s 46-0 win over Butler.

The Bears improved to 4-1 on the season and host South Effingham this week for Homecoming. It will be the first subregion contest of the season.

The Mustangs come in 5-1 after a 7-0 loss to Benedictine.

“They’ll bounce back and be ready to play,” Summers said. “They’re well-coached; they’ll be in the right place at the right time and have a good plan. It all comes down to who executes better.”

The Mustangs run a wishbone offense and will put both odd and even defensive fronts on the field to try to stop the Bears rushing assault. Burke County has faced these before and should know what to expect. Like Summers said, “It all comes down to who executes.”

Despite the short school week because of fuel conservation, the Bears have had a regular practice week and should be ready on Friday.

“We’re looking forward to a good one Friday,” Summers said.

In Friday’s mauling of the Butler Bulldogs, the Bears racked up 302 total yards but held the Bulldogs to only 42. A committee of running backs rushed for 277 yards while quarterback Jamaris Walden hit Brian Bell for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Walden was 1-2 on the night.

Julius Patterson and Walden both ran for 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Patterson rushed 20 times and Walden rushed six. Isiah Lockhart rushed nine times for 57 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Jackson ran 40 yards on 10 carries. He also had a touchdown. Jonathan Cohen rushed 26 yards on five totes, and Naigee Lassiter had 13 yards on a pair of rushes.

Defensively, the Bears gave little up to the Bulldogs. They held Butler to 31 yards rushing and 11 yards passing. They recovered three Bulldog fumbles and converted them to touchdowns. Patterson scored on the first drive of the game. The Bears mounted a 13-yard drive that Patterson capped with a 5-yard touchdown with 4:33 in the first quarter. The PAT failed but the Bears led 6-0.

Butler fumbled away its first possession. Lorenzo Terry picked up the loose ball and returned it 11 yards to the Butler 30. Seven plays later, Jackson went in from 8 yards out with 11:51 left in the second quarter. The conversion failed, and the Bears led 12-0.

Walden took a 1-yard plunge with 4:07 left in the half to put the Bears up 18-0.

Butler fumbled away its next possession. Stephen Lewis recovered the ball on the 17. Patterson slipped over the goal line five plays later. The PAT sailed true, and Burke County extended its lead to 25-0.

Butler fumbled again on its first play of the ensuing drive. Kenderick Bonner recovered on the 15. Jackson lost 21 yards on the next play after trying to get away from defenders. Lockhart picked up 11 on the next play. Jackson threw a 25yard halfback pass to Bell in the endzone for the touchdown. Jackson made the 2-point conversion to give the Bears a 330 lead with 57.1 left in the half.

In the second half, Burke County’s defense shut down Butler on their first possession. Lockhart dove in from five yards out a few plays later as the Bears pushed the lead to 390.

The quarter ended as the Bears were in the middle of a 12-play scoring drive. Under GHSA rules, the clock runs continuously during the fourth quarter when a team is being beaten by 30 or more points. Cohen took the ball 17 yards on three plays for the final score of the night. He went in from five yards out with 9:20 on the clock to give the Bears a 45-0 lead. The PAT was good and sealed the game at 46-0.

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