Pumas hadn’t won more than one AAA game in a year before taking first two in ’06
Lonnell Britton probably didn’t enter Friday’s football game with Galileo thinking his sore back would provide his Burton team with a mental edge.
But with the Pumas facing a fourth-and-15 from the Galileo 25-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, the Burton quarterback took off on a scramble with one thing on his mind: Don’t get hit.
Britton managed to avoid all would-be tacklers on a cross-field dance into the end zone, putting the Pumas ahead 21-8 with 5:45 remaining in the game. He then added another rushing touchdown with 4:11 left to seal Burton’s 28-14 Academic Athletic Association win over the Lions at School of the Arts.
For Burton (2-2 overall, 2-0 AAA), this marks the first time in the five-year history of the program that the Pumas have won two league games in the same season.
“I hurt my back this week in practice and I was thinking ‘I can’t go head-up with them, I have to go around them,’” Britton said of his first touchdown run. “I just tried to make something out of nothing.”
Burton entered the fourth quarter trailing 8-7 with the ball at its own 14-yard line, but changed the complexion of the game on the first play of the period. Britton handed off to Travis Borden, who was nearly brought down in the backfield but managed to keep his legs churning long enough to pitch it off on an end around to Tyre Ellison. And what looked like a broken play then turned into an 84-yard touchdown when Ellison (last year’s AAA track champion in the 400 meters) got outside and sprinted down the left sideline into the end zone just 19 seconds into the quarter.
“I stopped for a second when I saw Travis get hit,” Ellison said. “But then I saw him fighting and I got the ball and took off.”
Galileo (0-4, 0-2) was playing without starting quarterback Danny Huang, who was held out of the game for disciplinary reasons. But Deante Bernstein stepped in under center and provided a spark for the Lions, finishing 14-of-27 for 224 yards passing, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. His favorite target was Deshawn Jose, who caught six passes for 116 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown (and the ensuing two-point try) to give Galileo an 8-7 lead with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Borden scored the only touchdown of the opening half, capping Burton’s first possession of the game with a 17-yard scoring run at 7:11 of the first quarter.