’Dogs stay perfect
LEWISTOWN — The undefeated Burnham Bulldogs midgets met up with second-seeded McVeytown for all the marbles Sunday in the Central Keystone Football and Cheer League Championship game.
The Eagles were trying to get past the Bulldogs for the first time this season, having fallen in their two previous meetings.
Despite a valiant effort, it was Burnham that took the title, winning 29-0.
“I’m very proud of our team. This is the only team that we lost to all year,” McVeytown coach Jack Rishel said. “We just couldn’t beat them. They were just too big of a team and too aggressive. We just came up short.”
The Bulldogs’ running game was spearheaded by Blake Aumiller’s 121-yard rushing performance. He also had 52 yards receiving and even threw for a successful 2-point conversion.
McVeytown’s Danon Beaston and Tyler Sheetz battled for all their hard-earned running yards. Sheetz finished with 35 yards while Beaston had 31.
Up and down the line up Sunday, each group made an impact en route to the victory.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the kids. This is a special group of kids we have here. All year it was pretty easy to get our second- and third-string kids in pretty early in the games,” Bulldog coach Anthony Everly said. “Our second- and third-string kids have come a long way. I feel like they’re winning ball games themselves now. Which is just awesome.”
Burnham got the ball first and marched right down the field.
It looked as if the McVeytown defense was going to hold, forcing Burnham to a fourth down on the Eagle 46, but Aumiller broke loose outside the end and scampered on a 46-yard TD run.
Burnham went for two and was successful when Tye Plank found an open Kyson Russler, making it an 8-0 game.
On the ensuing onside kick, the Bulldogs recovered and got the ball back in Eagles territory.
In one play, Aumiller collected his second touchdown, running this time for a 44-yard score.
With the extra point, Burnham moved to a 15-point lead.
Burnham’s defense limited McVeytown’s first possession to single set of downs.
Going into the second, the Bulldogs made it a 23-point advantage when Plank found Cam Moore on a 31-yard touchdown hook up.
From there, both team’s defenses kept the other ones intact.
Going into the second half, the defenses continued their control of the game until late in the fourth when back up quarterback Kamden Everly found a wide open Jeremiah Partchey, rounding out the game scoring at 29-0.