BELLINGHAM, WA – A diverse rushing attack and precision passing paced the Burlington-Edison Tigers to a 56-23 victory over Bellingham in Northwest Conference Class 2A high school football at Civic Stadium.
Burlington-Edison’s seven leading rushers rolled-up 227 yards and a combined average of 7.8 yards per carry as the Tigers ran for 234 yards overall.
Tiger quarterback Dalton Schwetz was at his best in completing eight of 10 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, finding Brandon Stransky on a 14-yard strike and Peter Isaacson on an equally impressive 15 yard score. Isaacson led Burlington-Edison with four catches for 98 yards.
As impressive as the Tigers’ offense was, first year Burlington-Edison coach Herb Lehman and defensive coordinator Pat Murphy found room for a lot of improvement on defense, as Bellingham had nearly 400 yards total offense.
Red Raiders reserve running back Melvin Deal plowed over the Tigers for 103 yards on 15 carries while quarterback Justin Pruett completed 24 of 39 passes for 223 yard,including a 23-yard touchdown to Nicholas Estrada.
“We were in position to make a lot of plays, but we didn’t make them. We need a lot of work on tackling,” Lehman said, “They were also getting receivers open when they shouldn’t have been and our team needs to do a lot better job of forcing receivers to re-route.” “We’ll be doing a lot of work next week on technique, our pad level, form tackling. We need to get a lot better in those areas.”
With the Mount Vernon Bulldogs entering Kirkby Field next Friday for the 107th renewal of the state’s longest running high school football rivalry, Burlington-Edison’s defense will need to get a lot better in just a few days.
Presented by Skagit State Bank, our webcast featured Scot Buchanan’s commentary with John Fasso providing play-by-play and Maury Wright adding stats.
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