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Bulldogs take Valley Sports/Outdoor Pee Wee Super Bowl


LEWISTOWN – In its seven-year existence, the Burnham Bulldogs football team has been searching for its first Pee Wee Super Bowl wins.

Third time was a charm for the Bulldogs as they defeated the McVeytown Eagles in the Central Keystone Football and Cheer League’s Valley Sports and Outdoors Pee Wee Super Bowl, 20-8.

The two teams split the regular season series with one win apiece.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs running attack were Kyler Everly and quarterback Gavin Knode who finished with 135-yards and 77-yards rushing, respectively.

In the first quarter, the Bulldogs struck on its first possession on offense.

After its defense forced the Eagles to a three and out, the Dawgs went right to work.feeding the ball to Everly on the 9-play drive.

Facing a crucial fourth down and 20, Burnham gave the ball to Everly and he did not disappoint, rolling to a 35-yard touchdown run. With the unsuccessful PAT, Burnham led 8-0.

McVeytown tried to bounce right back as it was able to move the ball deep into Bulldog territory. Highlighting the drive was a hook up between via a flea flicker pass from Eli Pennebaker to Deakon Schaeffer. If it wasn’t for a clutch open field tackle by Blake Stringfellow, the Eagles might have tied the game.

Instead, the Bulldogs took over on downs after McVeytown got the ball to the Burnham three.

Two plays later, the Bulldogs took back the momentum, handing the ball back over to Everly.

With the ball on the 20, Everly broke lose and got out around the defender and blazed his way for the 80-yard TD run, upping the lead to 12-0 with 9:43 left in the first.

“This is awesome. These kids played great since day one,” Burnham head coach Randy Knode said. “Since August 1st we only had one loss and it was to these guys in. Every kid played awesome, everyone whether they were a first string back up or whatever. They all worked really hard.”

Misfortune hit the Eagles offense on their next touch as they fumbled the ball away on the second play from scrimmage.

Making the most of their luck, the Bulldogs went back to the endzone after eight-yard drive, ending in a Daniel King 20-yard run, upping the lead to 20-0.

Burnham’s defense took over from there, holding McVeytown scoreless until late in the fourth quarter.

With 4:49 left in the game, Eli Pennebaker caught a pass from Jaron Yoder, cutting it to 20-8.

“We had a very good season. We just started a little slow today. Coming off the line we didn’t shoot through and put the pressure on the quarterback like I would have liked in the first half. In the second half we came out and applied a little more pressure,” McVeytown coach Jason Yoder said. “Season wise we had a decent season. We fought through a lot of injuries. It definitely hurt us.”

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