BURLESON — Overtime was needed to decide the 2019 Brazos Valley Football Association major division championship between Cleburne and Burleson, with Burleson 1 claiming a hard-fought 20-14 win Saturday at Burleson ISD Stadium.
After Cleburne 2’s offense turned the ball over on downs on the first overtime possession, Burleson running back Houston Martin scored on a five-yard run for the 20-14 victory.
It was a close game as the teams went back and forth from the opening kickoff. Burleson took an 8-0 lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Martin and a Martin two-point conversion with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
Cleburne battled back on the ensuing possession. On fourth-and-9, Cleburne picked up 24 yards on a big pass completion by Wyatt East to keep the drive alive. A few plays later, Malachi Cunningham threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Beaux Douthitt. Christopher Kensley added the two-point conversion to tie it at 8-8 with 5:15 left before halftime.
Cleburne then recovered the ensuing onside kick which set up a one-yard touchdown run by Elijah Johnson for a 14-8 lead with 1:09 left.
Cleburne again recovered the following kickoff, but time expired before the Jackets could do anything with it as Cleburne took a 14-8 lead into the half.
With 3:08 left in the third quarter, Martin scored on a one-yard run to tie it up at 14-14, but Cleburne’s defense shut down Burleson on the two-point conversion to keep the score tied.
After Cleburne crossed midfield on the next possession, the Jackets turned the ball over on downs, and the score remained 14-14 entering the fourth quarter.
Burleson appeared set to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but a penalty on fourth-and-7 wiped off a touchdown. On the replayed fourth down after the penalty, Cleburne’s Dontavius Anderson came up with a huge sack for a turnover on downs.
On the following drive, Cleburne had a fourth-and-goal at the 16, but a Burleson defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone gave Cleburne first-and-goal at the eight-yard line.
But three plays later, Cleburne had a fourth-and-goal from the six-yard line with 38 seconds left. Cunningham took the snap and raced left towards the pylon but was knocked out at the one-yard line as Burleson’s defense held with a turnover on downs as the game went to overtime.
In BVFA overtime rules, each team gets a possession per overtime period, which starts at the 10-yard line, where they get four plays to score. Cleburne reached the four-yard line but turned it over on downs. Burleson needed only two plays, both runs by Martin, for the game-winning score.
Burleson 1’s major division championship was Burleson’s second championship of the day; Burleson’s bantam team beat Granbury, 40-0, for the BVFA bantam division title.