Burrell rolls over Brownsville, 46-14
The biggest question surrounding the Burrell Bucs heading into the season opener against Brownsville was who or how would they replace the production of graduated running back Cole Bush.
Senior quarterback Cody Wolfe was up to the task as Burrell (1-0) ran over Brownsville (0-1), 46-14, in a nonconference Class AA game at Buccaneer Stadium.
Wolfe accounted for 301 total yards — 190 passing and 111 rushing. He ran for one touchdown and threw for another.
“He's what you call a gamer,” Burrell head coach Kevin Horwatt said. “I just think he did a very good job understanding the reads he needed to make and making big plays.”
Wolfe did most of his damage in the first half. He started the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown run to put Burrell up, 6-0.
Wolfe also hooked up with sophomore receiver Jason David for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to make it 19-0. He headed into the locker room at halftime having completed 11 of 13 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown and having rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown.
Both teams opened up the game with sloppy play
Brownsville started the game on offense and promptly turned the ball over as junior Byron Mayers fumbled. The Burrell offense would give the ball right back on a fumble by junior Ryan Sowol.
“It's your first game of the year,” Horwatt said. “You got a lot of nerves going on. Everyone is a little excited and got caught up in everything. I think once we settled down we saw some good things, but, at the same time, we have some inexperience out there.”
The turnovers didn't stop there, however. Brownsville again would turn the ball over on their next possession. This time senior defensive back Andrew Fisher picked off an ill-advised pass by Falcons junior quarterback Shane Roebuck.
“We started out strong then we had too many mental mistakes up front,” Brownsville coach Von Braddock said. “You can't come out and play for a quarter and a half or two quarters and think you're going to win a football game. It's not going to happen.
With the score 32-7 and late in the third quarter, Sowol scored on a 2-yard run to make it 39-7. Sowol finished his night with 19 carries for 97 yards.
Defensively, the Bucs forced five turnovers: three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. One of the fumbles occurred in the endzone with senior linebacker Nicholas Kastelic falling on the ball for a touchdown.
Brownsville did have a bright spot with sophomore quarterback Marcellous Grooms. He ran for 140 yards on six carries and a pair of touchdowns from 53 and 54 yards.
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.