The Burlingame Bearcats picked up a hard-fought 26-24 win over the Chase County Bulldogs on the Area Game of the Week Friday night.
The first half would see four lead changes with Chase County finding the endzone less than 60-seconds into the ballgame thanks to a 62-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Mitch Budke. The Bulldogs added two more scores, both by Budke on the ground, including a seven-yard touchdown run with one second remaining in the second quarter.
Burlingame scored three times in the first with a three-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Colby Middleton, a 14-yard touchdown pass from Middleton to sophomore Dane Winters and a 79-yard kickoff return by senior Matthew Heckman. After leading 24-20 at the half, Chase County would fail to find the endzone in the second half and Burlingame scored the lone touchdown on a nine-yard run by Middleton midway through the fourth.
Middleton ended the night with 169 yards of total offense. He says it was a tough night on both sides of the ball.
Burlingame Head Coach Jeff Slater says his team “stayed the course” late in the ball game.
Budke scored all three of Chase County’s touchdowns on the night and led his team with 268 yards of total offense.
With the win, Burlingame improves to 4-0 while Chase County falls to 3-1.