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Burns Gets Historic First Home Victory Over Forestview

Burns Gets Historic First Home Victory Over Forestview
            Burns Bulldogs’ head coach Ron Greene summed it up after his team’s victory on Friday. Burns always seems to be able to win when they travel to Forestview, but cannot beat Forestview in their own backyard. That changed in the second half. Burns trailed Forestview 7-0 at the half and cut their lead down to one point at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was all Burns as they scored 13 unanswered points in the waning quarter to seal their first ever home victory over the Jaguars on a breezy Homecoming night.
            That feat would seem a lifetime away based on Forestview’s performance in the first half. The Jaguars drove down the field on their first possession only to turn it over at the Bulldogs’ three-yard line. Forestview scored on their second possession with a short Jarkeevous Alexander run to make the score 7-0. The Jaguars appeared to be ready to score again after a Bruce Graham interception of QB Keron Phelps, but Forestview would give it right back a few plays later when Forestview QB Preston Lyon threw an interception in the end zone. Both teams seemed to be in a giving mood as they combined for five turnovers total in the first half.
            Forestview threw three interceptions deep in Bulldogs’ territory. Burns drove down the field with less than a minute to go in the first half, but the Bulldogs were stopped and had to settle for a field-goal. The kick was wide and Forestview retained the lead at 7-0.
            The Jaguars defense smothered the Bulldogs offense for most of the first half and held the Bulldogs scoreless for two and a half quarters. The defense would start to show some fatigue late in the third quarter. QB Keron Phelps led his offense down the field and he scored his first of three touchdowns with less than three minutes left in the third quarter.
            Phelps gave the Bulldogs the lead late in the fourth quarter and the two-point conversion made the score 14-7. On Forestview’s ensuing drive, the Jaguars in fourth-and-long at their own 10-yard line attempted a long pass but it fell incomplete. Burns put the nail in the coffin a few plays later with Keron Phelps’s final touchdown run of the night.
            “Winning tonight at home puts us in the direction we want to go.” Burns coach Ron Greene said “We’re playing a very tough schedule.” Burns started the season with a 12-9 overtime loss to Crest, then went on to win 24-6 over East Gaston, and lost two straight (a 35-28 loss to Ashbrook and a 28-7 loss to South Point). Beating Forestview gives the Bulldogs a big momentum swing as they prepare to travel to their next opponent, Brevard.
            Forestview will begin conference play this Friday at home against Crest, a 35-17 loser to Ashbrook.
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