BURLESON - For the first time in the series, the Burleson Centennial Spartans retained possession of “The Boot” trophy thanks to a convincing 37-10 victory Friday over arch-rival Burleson in District 5-5A Division II play at Burleson ISD Stadium.
The Spartans' win evened the all-time series at 4-4. Centennial had never defeated the Elks in consecutive games until Friday night.
Centennial (5-1, 3-1) gouged the Elks defense with its running game all night. The Spartans finished with 347 yards rushing on 55 attempts as Centennial averaged 6.3 yards per carry in the in the win.
Spartans slotback Jaylon Jackson paced the rushing attack with nine carries for 114 yards. The senior scored on second-half runs of 12 and two yards. Centennial fullback Jeff Kirvin, who scored on a 16-yard run during a 20-0 second-half scoring surge by the Spartans, finished with 102 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
Trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Elks (5-1, 3-1) got back into the game with a pair of scores in the span of 1:19 in the third quarter.
Fueled by a 12-yard run by kicker Edgar Zaragoza on a fake field goal, the Elks cut the Spartans advantage to 17-3 on a 23-yard field goal by Zaragoza.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Elks recovered the ball at the Spartans 8 and sliced the lead to 17-10 when Jarrett Austin scored on a two-yard run with 6:30 to play in the third quarter.
Burleson managed just 54 yards of offense the rest of the way as the Spartans put the game away with three touchdowns.
In the first half, Centennial built a 17-0 lead on a touchdowns runs of one and 10 yards by Jacob Meyer and a 23-yard field goal late in the second quarter for Josh Garcia.
The Spartan defense held the Elk rushing attack to just 71 yards as Caleb Lewis and Jarrett Austin were held to 18 yards combined.
Centennial plays at Cleburne in week 7 and Burleson hosts Aledo.