Burke 20, Garrett 6
In a sloppy game played on a wet field through periods of rain, the Burke Bulldogs managed a 20-6 win over Garrett Tech in Thursday night high school football action at Stoney Field.
The two teams combined for 21 penalties and nine turnovers, but the Bulldogs played a tad better overall to improve to 2-3 on the season.
Burke head coach Earl Brown, Jr., would not blame the weather for the poor play.
"Turnovers, penalties, a lack of execution," said Brown. "This was not the way we want to win games. A very poor performance on our part. I'll take the win because they are so hard to come by, but we have to play better than we did tonight.
"This was unacceptable and we're going to get some things fixed before next week."
Burke forced Garrett into six turnovers, one leading to a TD when Devaunte Wilder intercepted an errant throw and returned it 30 yards for a score in the second quarter.
Bakari Blunt had two interceptions for the Bulldogs.
Garrett Tech was also penalized 11 times, while Burke committed three turnovers and had 10 penalties. The Falcons finished with 156 net yards, while Burke managed just 162.
Wilder and Blunt were major parts of Burke's success. They combined on a 24-yard pass play on a fake punt with Blunt throwing to Wilder for a first down in the first. On the next play, Craig Williams connected on a 16-yard TD pass to David Brown for a 6-0 lead.
After Wilder, who finished the game with 75 yards receiving on four catches, gave Burke a 12-0 lead with his interception return, Garrett mounted its only serious drive of the first half and trimmed the lead to six on Karl Noble's four-yard run with a minute to play in the half.
Burke ran only four plays in the third quarter as Garrett controlled the ball and reached the Burke 5-yard line. An interception by Burke's Aaron Wright at the goal line ended the threat.
Later in the fourth quarter, Blunt fumbled at the Garrett 3-yard line, but the ball bounced into the endzone where Wilder fell on top of it for a touchdown.
"We got a few breaks tonight but the defense rose to the challenge," said Brown. "Our defense has been pretty solid all season. We've got to fix the problems offensively. If we can become more consistent, I think we can go a long ways."
Burke opens region play next week against St. John's while Garrett Tech hosts Hanahan in its Region 7-AA opener.
B - David brown 10 pass from Craig Williams (run failed)
B - Devaunte Wilder 30 interception return (pass failed)
G - Karl Noble 4 run (run failed)
B - Wilder fumble recovery in end zone (pass to Wilder)