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Tommy Teberg provided the difference in Burlington’s rivalry matchup with Waterford on Friday night. Teberg paved the way for the Demons in the air and on the ground, and provided the team’s game winning score in the third quarter of a 9-7 win in the final week of the regular season.
“It was definitely a defensive struggle as Waterford was effective at moving the ball between the 20’s,” Burlington head coach Eric Sulik said. “Our defensive did a really good job of bending and not breaking. They (Waterford) had some untimely errors at times, and we made some pretty big plays.”
Burlington started off the scoring as Benjamin Graham connected on a 30-yard field goal to grab a 3-0 lead with 3:31 remaining in the first quarter. Waterford had the lone score in the second quarter as Carson Biliz gave the Wolverines a 7-3 lead with a two-yard rushing touchdown with 28 seconds remaining in the half.
With 7:39 remaining in the third quarter, Teberg connected with Austin Dow on a two-yard touchdown pass for the decisive score and only score of the second half to take a 9-7 lead.
Teberg led the way for Burlington with 81 yards through the air and 56 yards on the ground.
“We went through another quarterback change as Drew Weis separated his shoulder against Wilmot,” Sulik said. “We had to go back to Tommy, who hasn’t started at quarterback since the first week of the season, and I thought he did a really nice job.”
Waterford had a balanced attack on Friday night with 101 yards through the air from quarterback Max Northrop, while the Wolverines had 220 yards on the ground in theloss . Carson Bilitz led the Wolverines in rushing with 17 carries for 115 yards, while Parker Peterson had 83 yards on 13 carries.
Both teams finish the regular season at 5-4, and the teams will play each other in a rematch in the first round of WIAA playoff action next week in Waterford.
“I don’t know if it is that we want to change a lot of things because we have been changing so much throughout the season offensively due to a lot of different factors,” Sulik said of the rematch. “I think it is about improving on things that we already do, and playing as mistake-free football as we can.”
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