Burns hosts Nyssa Friday, Oct. 31
by Randy Parks
In a game featuring two unbeaten teams battling for the Wapiti League title, the Burns Hilanders came away with a convincing 53-7 victory over Union/Cove on Friday, Oct. 24, at Cove.
The Hilanders, 8-0, were dominant on both sides of the ball as they rolled up 514 yards of total offense, while holding the Bobcats to just 92 yards.
Austin Feist led the Burns’ offense, rushing for 190 yards on 21 carries with five touchdowns, and throwing for another score.
The Hilanders’ Jeff Davies had a good night on both sides of the ball, rushing for 129 yards on 11 carries, and intercepting two passes, one returned 56 yards for a score.
Burns took a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game when Feist scored from seven yards out to finish off an 80-yard, five-play drive.
Midway through the second quarter, Feist scored on a 15-yard run to put Burns up 13-0, and then made it 19-0 with a 25-yard score on their next possession.
Union/Cove’s Tayton Duby cut into the Hilander lead on the ensuing kickoff as he scooped up the ball at the 28 and raced untouched into the end zone.
Undaunted, the Hilanders drove 65 yards in six plays on their next possession and went up 27-7 on Feist’s 1-yard plunge with a little more than a minute left in the first half.
On the opening possession of the second half, Burns increased their lead to 34-7 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Feist to Trace Tiller.
Union/Cove’s next possession came to an abrupt end when Davies stepped in front of the intended receiver, picked off the pass, and bolted to the end zone for a 40-7 advantage.
The Hilanders recovered a fumble at the Union/Cove 36 on the ensuing kickoff, and five plays later, Feist scored from a yard out to put Burns up 46-7.
Davies came up with his second interception on Union/Cove’s next drive, and the Hilanders’ Scott Davies capped off the ensuing drive with a 1-yard TD run.
With a running clock ticking the seconds away, the Bobcats picked up three first down before the Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone came up with an interception, giving Burns the ball at their own 29, and effectively ending the game.
The Hilanders will finish out their regular season Friday, Oct. 31, when they host Nyssa in non-conference action. The Bulldogs come into the contest with a 5-2 record and a No. 15 ranking in 3A. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Corbett Memorial Field.
Bur 7 20 19 7 53
U/C 0 7 0 0 7
Bur — Austin Feist 7 run (James Obradovich kick) 3:52
Bur — Feist 15 run (kick failed) 4:59
Bur — Feist 25 run (pass failed) 8:57
U/C — Tayton Duby 72 kickoff return (Jordan Alexander kick) 9:07
Bur — Feist 1 run (Trey Recanzone pass from Feist) 10:58
Bur — Trace Tiller 14 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:21
Bur — Jeff Davies 56 interception return (Obradovich kick) 4:02
Bur — Feist 1 run (Obradovich kick) 6:05
Bur — Scott Davies 1 run (Obradovich kick) :38
Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 11-129, Feist 21-190, Recanzone 3-35, S. Davies 9-31, Blackburn 2-32, Lewellen 1-6. Union/Cove, Alexander 10-31, Clark 8-15, Witty 5-9, Duby 4-13, Murchison 1-5.
Passing — Burns, Feist 6-13-1 69, Recanzone 2-2-0 22. Union/Cove, Murchison 3-9-2 19, Clark 0-1-1 0.
Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 2-13, Tiller 3-49, Hueckman 1-7, J. Davies 3-22. Union/Cove, Duby 3-19.