by Randy Parks
Sisters’ Mitch Gibney scored on a 1-yard run with 1:31 left in the game to give the Outlaws a 34-29 win over Burns in the season-opener for both teams Friday, Sept. 4, at Corbett Memorial Field.
The winning touchdown came after the Outlaws blocked a quick-kick attempt by the Hilanders and then recovered the kick at Burns’ 8-yard line.
The Hilanders got off to a good start, scoring on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead. The first score came on a 37-yard pass from Trey Recanzone to Ty Hueckman, and then Scott Davies went 34 yards on a screen pass from Recanzone to put Burns up by two scores in the first quarter.
The Outlaws made it 14-8 in the second quarter on a 3-yard scoring run by Gibney and a two-point conversion run by Logan Schutte.
Burns upped their lead with 1:36 left in the first half on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Recanzone to Trace Tiller. Tiller threw to Hueckman for the two-point conversion to give the Hilanders a 22-8 lead.
Sisters answered right back however, returning the ensuing kickoff to the Burns 45, and then scoring with 52 seconds on the clock on a 13-yard run by Schutte. Schutte also added the two-point conversion, and the teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime with Burns holding a 22-16 advantage.
Sisters tied the score with 5:44 left in the third quarter when Schutte got loose down the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown run.
The Hilanders regained the lead on their next possession, putting together an 11-play, 61-yard drive, capped off by a 5-yard TD run by Recanzone. The extra-point kick by James Obradovich was good, and the Hilanders led 29-22.
Sticking to the running game, the Outlaws ground out a 60-yard scoring drive and made it 29-28 on a 2-yard run by Gibney with 10:28 left in the game.
In the closing minutes, Burns took over at their own 13, and were unable to come up with a first down. Recanzone attempted the quick-kick that was blocked, and the Outlaws came away with the victory.
Recanzone completed 14 of 25 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
Burns rushed for 151 yards, led by Recanzone with 90 yards on 20 carries.
Sisters picked up 367 rushing yards, led by Schutte with 210 yards on 19 attempts. Gibney added 105 yards on 19 carries.
The Hilanders travel to Lakeview on Friday, Sept. 11, for a non-conference game with the Honkers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Sis 0 16 6 12 34
Bur 14 8 7 0 29
Bur — Ty Hueckman 37 pass from Trey Recanzone (James Obradovich kick) 5:19
Bur — Scott Davies 34 pass from Recanzone (Obradovich kick) 10:27
Sis —Mitch Gibney 3 run (Logan Schutte run) 6:08
Bur — Tiller 15 pass from Recanzone (Hueckman pass from Tiller) 10:24
Sis — Schutte 13 run (Schutte run) 11:08
Sis — Schutte 85 run (pass failed) 6:16
Bur — Recanzone 5 run (Obradovich kick) 9:48
Sis — Gibney 2 run (run failed) 1:32
Sis — Gibney 1 run (run failed) 10:29
Rushing — Burns, S. Davies 14-50, Recanzone 20-90, Tiller 2-2, Bailey 1-2, Hueckman 1-(-3) Lewellen 1-13, Goss 1-(-3). Sisters, Gibney 19-105, Schutte 19-210, Halley 6-34, Head 6-18.
Passing — Burns, Recanzone 14-25-0 214, Tiller 0-1-0 0. Sisters, Head, 0-3-0 0.
Receiving — Burns, Hueckman 4-62, Tiller 5-58, Davies 1-34, Bailey 2-12, Lewellen 1-23, Goss 1-23.