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September 14, 2013HENRIETTA The Burns Bulldogs began their quest for a fourth straight SMAC conference championship Friday night by paying a visit to the Chase Trojans at Allen Field. The Bulldogs made a statement early, and never looked back in cruising to a 48-9 victory over the host Trojans.
Burns, known for a high power, high scoring offense, got their first score of the night not from their offense, but from their defense. After trading punts on each teams first possession of the night, a Cody Dorsey 45 punt backed Chase up inside their own five yard line at the four. On the very next play, the defensive play of the game was made as Bulldog Defensive Lineman SaDarius Byers grabbed a loose fumble out of the air and carried it into the endzone from the five, dragging six Chase Trojans with him across the goal line.
The Bulldogs got big offensive nights from senior QB Chris Montgomery and senior RB Tylan Ruff. Combined they rushed for 101 yards and 118 yards respectively, with Ruff accounting for two of the Bulldogs rushing touchdowns. Ruff also caught a swing pass in the back field from Montgomery and took it 70 yards down the left sideline for another score, out running the Trojan secondary to the endzone.
Dace Rollins picked off an Montgomery pass in the first quarter, and returned in down to the Bulldog 10 yard line, however Chase was unable to gain any yards, and settled for a 27 yard field goal. Dorsey also connected on a field goal for Burns, this one from 33 yards away, to set the score at 26-3 Burns going into the break.
The Bulldogs offense had no let downs after halftime, keeping their foot on the offensive accelerator, scoring on their first three second half possessions. With 5:40 on the third quarter clock, Ruff found his way into pay dirt from just three yards away. After a 45 yard punt return down the the Trojan five yard line by Jaylin Hill, the short drive was finished with a strong two yard scamper by Hill putting the Bulldogs up 42-3. Hill added one final touchdown on the ground early in the fourth quarter, this one from three yards away.
Chase was held to a season low 93 yards of offense for the game, with 58 of those coming on a late touchdown run. Going into the final quarter of play Burns had a very decisive advantage over the Trojans in gained first downs, 21-1.
Next week, Burns (4-0, 1-0 SMAC) will be back at Ron Greene Stadium as they host conference and county foe Kings Mountain in a key 3A SMAC conference contest. Chase (2-1, 0-1 SMAC) will have the challenge of facing another Cleveland County opponent, as they travel to Shelby.
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