Calil Burnett helps East beat South for first victory

Burnett had turned a play of nothing into a 66-yard touchdown, the finishing touches on East’s first victory of the season in a 27-8 win over South on Friday night at Carpenter Stadium.

“I love turning on the speed on the football field,” Burnett said. “It’s just an amazing feeling when you’re running all by yourself like that.”

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While it far from a clinic, East’s offense had its most productive outing. The Blue Aces produced more than 300 yards of offense with a balanced split (169 passing yards, 156 rushing).

After South could do nothing with 11 snaps in East territory to begin the game, East capitalized on a South fumble by taking a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard strike from quarterback Dominic Webb to tight end David Kaufman in the end zone.

While the Blue Aces did score a season-high in points and Webb completed a season-high 16 passes, South’s aggressive defense brought Webb down for a loss on 12 of his 20 carries that resulted in a total loss of 73 yards. Webb, thanks to scrambles of 48 and 20 yards, did manage to finish the game with 16 yards.

That was just the risk East is willing to take with Webb in the pocket. Byers didn’t seemed bothered by the amount of sacks, instead focusing on the positives of what East did when it did complete the ball through the air.

Webb completed 16 passes to five receivers with Kaufman leading the way with five catches for 54 yards and two touchdown grabs.

East scored 21 of its 27 points in the second quarter.

“They just brought one more than we could block,” Byers said. “They did a really good job of scheming for us. We knew we were going to take some sacks, but we also knew we could do some good things when we put it in the air.”

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