Burr Oak kept up its winning ways Friday with a 36-24 home victory against Waldron. The 2-0 Bobcats scored in the first quarter with a 33-yard run by James Saylor and kept the momentum rolling in the second frame with an 80-yard kickoff return for a TD by Chantz Owens.
Saylor added a 65-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter and a pair of 5-yard TD runs in the final frame. Owens bolted for 62 yards to the end zone in the fourth quarter and Saylor added a 40-yard TD pass to Owens near the end.
“Tonight was the first time Burr Oak beat Waldron since 2005 and the second time in its history of the matchup between the two schools,” Bobcats coach Ryan Stephens said. “It took a while to get our offense going in the first half, but the Bobcats’ intensity picked up toward the end of the first half with Chantz Owens scoring on the 80-yard kick return.
“It was a good win on our part and a great way to start off our season going 2-0, but we have a lot of work to do with becoming more disciplined on the defensive side of the ball.”
Saylor finished 8-of-15 passing for 80 yards and a TD, adding a pair of 2-point conversion throws to Alex Munoz and Hunter Dobberteen. Owens had three catches for 69 yards, Munoz notched two grabs for 16 yards and Dobberteen finished with two catches for six yards. Owens carried the ball seven times for 136 yards to lead the ground charge. Saylor added 127 yards on 12 takes and Munoz chipped in 41 yards on eight rushes.
Alex Campbell registered a team-high 13 tackles, Munoz collected 11, Owens made 10 stops and intercepted a pass and Saylor added 11 tackles.
“Offensively we need to be able to execute our plays more cleanly and on tempo and not have so many penalties which affected our groove throughout the night,” Stephens explained. “We should be much improved and more explosive against Litchfield next week.”