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Thursday’s outing turned into an endurance test that Burlington passed in a 15-14 victory at Elkhorn Area’s expense in Wisconsin high school football action on September 2.
“It was a defensive struggle throughout most of the game,” head coach Eric Sulik said. “Credit to Elkhorn’s defense, they did a nice job with stopping our run a little bit and making things difficult in the passing game with some of the blitzes they were doing. With the young team we have, it takes us some time to get used to that.”
With 7:07 remaining in the first quarter, Elkhorn’s Ryan Burns got the scoring started with a four yard touchdown run. After a scoreless second quarter, Burlington responded with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jack Sulik to Austin Dow to tie the game.
In overtime, the Elks broke the tie with a 10-yard touchdown run from Connor Lom. The Demons responded as Sulik connected with Tommy Teberg on a 32-yard touchdown pass before Drew Weis added on a successful two point conversion run for the win.
“I’m really happy for our kids as they battled hard,” Sulik said. “I would have been certainly disappointed if we would have lost, but the effort is there. Just sometimes the execution isn’t always there.”
Sulik led the Demons’ passing attack going 11-for-20 for 147 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while Connor McNamara led the rushing attack with 48 yards on 15 carries. Dow led all Burlington receivers with five catches for 84 yards and one touchdown.
Elkhorn was led by running back Tyler Etten with 22 carries for 80 yards, while Lom had 70 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown.
Burlington gets their first win of the season, and will take on Westosha Central at home next week. Elkhorn goes to 1-1 on the season, and they take on Delavan-Darien at home next week.
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