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Posted October 15, 2010
Burnside runs Union to a district title

MARION — The Union Knights have ridden the legs of Wes Burnside to a district football championship.

Burnside rushed for 315 yards on 58 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:07 to go, giving the eighth-ranked Knights a 41-35 win over No. 5 Marion in a Class 3A District 5 showdown Friday night at Thomas Park Field.

Even Burnside was stunned by his career-high numbers.

“Fifty-eight carries? Wow,” he said. “I knew we were going to be pounding it. We tried to do it last year, but we got away from that.”

The Knights (8-0 overall, 6-0 3A-5) never wavered from the talented junior Friday, and he delivered. Burnside is the state’s leading rusher in all classes with 1,913 yards this season.

“He’s a good back. He really is,” said Marion Coach Tony Perkins. “He is very durable. But 58 carries … I don’t know how he survived.”

The game featured four lead changes and three ties. Burnside’s final touchdown, a 3-yarder, broke the final deadlock of 35-all.

Reid Monroe missed the PAT, but it didn’t haunt the Knights. Marion (7-1, 5-1) drove to the Union 45 before Hunter Zempel picked off Marion quarterback Tyler Fisher with 1:03 left.

Both teams committed three turnovers.

Union trailed 28-17 midway through the third quarter, but Burnside’s 4-yard run — and two-point conversion brought the Knights closer, then Trev Hadachek tallied on a 3-yard run to put the Knights in front, 32-28, with 1:49 left in the quarter.

“We’re always good about coming back,” Burnside said. “We’ve come back lots of times.”

Cale Cannoy got loose for a 59-yard run on a quarterback option to give Marion a 35-32 lead, but Monroe’s 22-yard field goal tied it, 35-35, with 7:21 left.

Brad Siebel’s interception set up Union’s winning drive.

The Knights went 26 yards in 10 plays, with Burnside toting it eight times.

“It was a great high school football game, but we had a few kids that weren’t ready to play,” Perkins said. “Our defensive tackles didn’t come to play. We made some costly mistakes, and you can’t do that against a quality team.”

One Response to Burnside runs Union to a district title

  1. i dont know how perkins can criticize and pick out particular players..not a very good character builder for young men. its ok to say the team made some mistakes, or coaches should have done something different…but to put someone out front like that is just wrong…good example of what not to do as a coach.

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