Burleson 0-4 after 38-7 loss to Midlothian-Heritage
The Burleson Elks (0-4) turned the ball over twice in a 38-7 loss to the Midlothian-Heritage Jaguars (4-0) Thursday at Burleson ISD Stadium
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BURLESON – The Burleson Elks (0-4) turned the ball over twice in a 38-7 loss to the Midlothian-Heritage Jaguars (4-0) Thursday at Burleson ISD Stadium.
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Burleson was outscored 38-0 after scoring first on a one-yard rush by Donya Armstrong (So.) to give Burleson a 7-0 lead over Midlothian-Heritage after the extra point with 4:15 left in the first quarter.
Armstrong rushed for 23 yards on six carries with the touchdown in the loss.
Midlothian-Heritage’s Maxim Newton (Sr.) scored on a 17-yard blocked punt return to give Midlothian-Heritage a 24-7 lead after the extra point with 5:36 left in the second quarter.
Burleson’s other turnover was a fumble that set up a Midlothian-Heritage 36-yard field goal by Jordan Soto (Sr.) to bring Midlothian-Heritage’s lead to 17-7 with 8:04 left in the second quarter.
Burleson head coach Chad Worrell said he thought Burleson played well early in the game and was proud of his team for shutting out Midlothian-Heritage in the third quarter before being “worn down” in the fourth quarter.
“I think, alignment wise, it was our best game lining up correctly and doing our job,” Worrell said. “We still had some breakdowns, but we’re going to continue to get better, and I thought we got better tonight.”
Burleson needs to cut down on pre-snap mistakes, including pre-snap penalties and be more consistent, Worrell said after the loss.
Burleson’s Nate Jackson (So.) led Burleson with 81 rushing yards on 13 carries in the loss.
Worrell said Jackson’s played well, especially considering the competition Burleson’s faced, in his first four varsity games after playing on the freshman team in 2022.
“He had some burst there and some good cuts, so he’s done a good job,” Worrell said.
Burleson also forced two Midlothian-Heritage turnovers as the defense intercepted two passes.
Burleson’s Tre Cushionberry (Jr.) returned an interception 39 yards to the Burleson 10-yard line to set up a Burleson first-down and goal-to-go with Burleson trailing 24-7 with 10 seconds left in the second quarter. Burleson missed a third-down field-goal attempt as time expired in the second quarter.
Midlothian-Heritage quarterback Carter Rutenbar (Jr.) completed eight of 14 pass attempts for 117 yards and three touchdowns and threw two interceptions in Midlothian-Heritage’s win. Rutenbar also ran for 66 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Burleson has been outscored 150-41 through its first four games of 2023.
Burleson’s Jarrell Goodwin (So.) rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries and caught a 23-yard pass in the loss.
Burleson faces the Mansfield-Summit Jaguars (1-2) at 7 p.m. September 21 in Mansfield.
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