BURNS – A game pitting two teams that impose their will through tenacious and rugged running attacks was upended by a pair of plays on the opposite side of the ball.
Twice, Glenrock went for it on fourth down. It was stopped shy of the marker on both occasions. Burns not only took over with excellent field position, but the home team made each drive count with touchdowns.
Boe Clayson and Kaden Lakin ran wild to boot, as Burns lassoed Glenrock during a 49-20 victory Friday night. Burns racked up 379 total yards of offense, and Clayson and Lakin were responsible for 374 of that total.
“That was wild,” second-year Burns coach Brad Morrison said. “You never expect that, but I thought we were a little bit faster than them at the skill (positions), and I think that showed.”
It took a dozen plays and nearly half the opening quarter for the visitors to strike. Aiden Orozco broke off a 32-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and later capped the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run – his seventh carry of the drive – to give the Herders a 6-0 lead.
“That first drive, they strung it together,” Morrison added. “But I think once we saw it, once we felt what it was like to fit (their) offense up, it’s a different thing. You can’t replicate it, and I think once we figured it out, we started playing a lot better.”
Burns (3-2) answered two plays less than a minute later. After motioning two tight ends over to the left side, Clayson took the handoff and sprinted around a wall of offensive lineman down the near sideline 76 yards for a touchdown – his eighth rushing score of the season – to tie it 6-6 with 5 minutes, 33 seconds to play in the first quarter.
“That first one was amazing,” said Clayson, who rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns. “It’s just sweet to see a line that will step up and come and do what needs to be done. And I reap the benefits of that, I guess, and the line gets me to where I need to go, and I take what I can from it.”
The Herders (1-4) keyed on Clayson from the start, which left Lakin unguarded. That proved costly.
The Broncs senior quarterback had touchdown runs of 30 and 71 yards, respectively, with the latter score coming on a third-and-6 from his own 29-yard line with just over 5 minutes left in the first half to give the home team a 28-6 cushion to work.
“We kind of expected it,” Lakin said. “They keyed on (Clayson) last week because he had a heck of a game. This week, it was just my week to shine. They keyed on him, so it gave me big opportunities.”
Burns needed only 13 plays to score 28 points in the first half. Glenrock ran 38 plays and produced just six points.
“A lot of big plays,” Morrison added. “That means that not only is the line doing their job, but the guys downfield are taking care of business, too. It’s something we’ve worked on a lot over the last couple weeks.”
The Broncs continued to lean on the run game in the second half, although Lakin did throw for a touchdown on what turned out to be an interesting play. Lakin fumbled the snap not once but twice before flicking a 5-yard toss to senior Ben Banville for the only score of the third quarter, which made it 35-6.
Lakin added a 66-yard touchdown run, while Clayson broke off a 35-yard touchdown scamper to cap the scoring for the Broncs in the fourth quarter. Lakin finished with a game-high 216 rushing yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns. His shortest touchdown run was 30 yards.
“With those two, they’re tough,” Morrison said. “You can’t really key on one or the other. You’ve got to play it honest.”
Turned out Glenrock didn’t play it honest.
Orozco led the Herders with 147 rushing yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.
Burns had nine plays of 10 or more yards, seven plays of at least 28 yards and three plays of 60-plus yards.
“This was the most explosive game we’ve had,” said Clayson, “and it’s been awesome.”
BURNS 49, GLENROCK 20
Glenrock…… 6 0 0 14 – 20
Burns…..…… 14 14 7 14 – 49
G: Orozco 5 run (Orozo run no good), 6:27.
Burns: Clayson 76 run (Manlove kick no good), 5:33.
Burns: Lakin 30 run (Clayson 2 run), 2:37.
Burns: Clayson 2 run (Manlove kick), 10:39.
Burns: Lakin 71 run (Manlove kick), 5:03.
Burns: Banville 5 pass from Lakin (Manlove kick), 3:43.
G: Geunther 3 run (Geunther run no good), 9:51.
Burns: Lakin 66 run (Manlove kick), 9:32.
Burns: Clayson 35 run (Manlove kick), 4:10.
G: Orozco 40 run (Geunther 2 run), 1:13.
Glenrock: Blaylock 24-69, Simmons 8-61, Young 7-32, Orozco 23-147, Geunther 7-47. Burns: Clayson 15-158, Lakin 12-216, Manlove 1-(-1).
Glenrock: Young 0-1-1 0. Burns: Lakin 1-5-0 5.
Glenrock: none. Burns: Banville 1-5.