Burr Oak kicked off the 2013 football campaign with a 20-16 victory at Tekonsha, scoring all its points in the first quarter and locking the host team down late.
Chantz Owens rushed for a 35-yard touchdown and polished the drive off with the point after attempt. Quarterback James Saylor connected with Hunter Dobberteen for a 30-yard passing TD and Saylor later hit Owens on a 28-yard scoring strike.
Saylor finished 6-of-9 passing for 60 yards with one interception. Dobberteen recorded three catches for 34 yards. Owens added seven carries for 49 yards, Saylor rushed 11 times for 85 yards and Alex Munoz paced the Bobats with 159 yards on the ground on nine takes.
Munoz finished the game with 10 tackles and a forced fumble, Everitt also had 10 stops and a pair of sacks, Owens chipped in seven tackles and Tyler Hinken picked off a Tekonsha pass and returned it 20 yards.
“It felt good to win the first game of the season, making it Burr Oak’s 100th win since 1950,” head coach Ryan Stephens said. “The key to our success tonight was playing together as a team with our tough defensive stops in the red zone. We also had a few players who normally don’t stand out step up and make some big plays to give us momentum. Credit goes out to our defense at the end of the game for stopping Tekonsha four plays in a row within our own 30 yard line to win the game.”