BURLINGTON, WA – In a classic battle between two offensive juggernauts, special teams’ play provided the margin of victory for the Burlington-Edison Tigers’ 49-43 victory over Mount Vernon in high school football action at Kirkby Field.
The Tigers’ running game and Mount Vernon’s aerial assault were both spectacular. Burlington-Edison ran the ball for 278 yards and five touchdowns while Bulldogs’ quarterback Bennett Gibson completed 27 of 32 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns.
The pivotal special teams’ plays of the game resulted in two Tigers’ touchdowns. With the score tied 7-7 late in the first half, a poor snap intended for Mount Vernon punter Tristan Brock was recovered by Burlington-Edison deep in Mount Vernon territory and led to Tyler Morrison’s second touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-7 halftime lead.
Time consuming drives by both teams, and a combined 21-points in the first half were no indication of the fireworks to come.
Mount Vernon’s Mel Walser started the second half onslaught by taking a Gibson pass 77 yards for the first of his three touchdowns. Walser was spectacular and nearly unstoppable in catching 12 passes for 290 yards while teammate Matthew Bennett caught 8 passes for 130 yards.
With the teams combining for 43 third quarter points, the Bulldogs took their only lead when Walser threw an end-around pass to Robert Monroe for a two point conversion that followed Brock’s second 1-yard touchdown run of the game.
The Mount Vernon lead was short-lived, however, as Tigers’ speedster Jae Evans returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Evans also cut through the Bulldogs’ defense for 138 yards on just eight carries and took a Dalton Schwetz pass 25 yards for Burlington-Edison’s final touchdown of the game.
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