2012-10-31 / Sports

Edmund Burke keeps region title hopes alive

By Tres Bragg

Ryan Kent and Alan Matthews tackle an Eagle running back for a loss of yards. Ryan Kent and Alan Matthews tackle an Eagle running back for a loss of yards. A region trophy is still a possibility for the Spartans.

The Edmund Burke Academy football team defeated Brentwood Academy 28-17 last Friday night on senior night, improving to 2-1 in the region. The win made their upcoming game against Trinity that much more important. Though they will need Brentwood to defeat Memorial this week, the Spartans could win their first region championship since 2000 if they beat the Crusaders in Dublin Friday night.

The Spartan defense continued to show improvement in last week’s win against the Eagles. They only gave up two touchdowns to Brentwood, while their offense found the end zone four times. The Eagles managed a 35-yard field goal to tack on three points but were shut down by the Spartans for the majority of the second half.

Spartan freshman Bo Goodin turned in his best offensive performance of the season. Goodin ran for 123 total yards, including his 47-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. He averaged over 8 yards rushing per carry during the win. EBA quarterback Lane Christian also recorded a rushing touchdown for the Spartans, while going 7 for 11 in the air for 75 yards and a touchdown. Dakota Garber and Hagen Wade also scored for Edmund Burke. After the win, head coach Buddy Sorrow credited both his offense and defense with the victory.

Bo Goodin leaves a defender behind to record a 47-yard touchdown run. Bo Goodin leaves a defender behind to record a 47-yard touchdown run. “Our offense did a good job of not giving up turnovers and keeping drives alive by gaining first downs,” Sorrow said. “But, our defense played a lot better as well. For the last two weeks, the defense has stepped up by recognizing that our last two opponents have similar offenses. Our defense picked up on that and adjusted in order to keep them from putting more points on the scoreboard.”

The Spartan defense was led by Alan Matthews, who had 6 tackles and 6 assists. Ryan Kent and Christian each recorded 6 solo tackles. Joseph Gradous and Garber combined for 4 tackles and 7 assists, while Hunter Bailey managed 4 tackles.

The win puts Edmund Burke in a tie with Memorial for second place in the region. Trinity is currently at the top and the only team undefeated in region play. Although multiple scenarios are possible depending on the outcomes of Friday night’s games, Sorrow is focused on one thing only. “You know, I don’t really look at all of that,” he said regarding all of the predictions. “The only thing I know is that we have to take care of business against Trinity and hope that Brentwood beats Memorial.”

If that happens, the Spartans would win the region championship and earn the number one seed heading into the state tournament. If the Spartans lose, they could fall back as far as third in their region, depending on the outcome of the Brentwood vs. Memorial game. Kickoff for this Friday’s crucial matchup between the Spartans and Crusaders is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Dublin.

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