The Burlington High School football team needed a spark after beginning the season with a pair of non-conference losses, and they regained momentum with a 34-24 win over Elkhorn in the Southern Lakes Conference opener for both teams.
Drew Weis, the Burlington senior running back, ran for 264 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries, including a game-sealing 49-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to lead Burlington to the victory.
In their first two games, Demons’ junior quarterback Jack Sulik passed for a combined 623 yards and the team ran for a total of just 100 yards, but last Thursday, it was the running game that stole the show.
Elkhorn scored first, late in the first quarter, on a 2-yard run, and Weis’ 3-yard run on the first play of the second quarter tied the game. The Elks went ahead again 14-7 in the second quarter on another short touchdown run, and again, Weis came through, this time on a 52-yard touchdown run with 3:49 left in the first half.
After a defensive stop, kicker Benjamin Graham, who had to rush over to Elkhorn and suit up after playing a soccer match for Burlington at Wilmot Thursday, kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Demons just their second lead of the season. They did not let go of the lead from then on and went on to secure their first conference win.
Jack Sulik was 7 of 13 for 69 yards and one touchdown. Junior receiver Drew Lang caught four passes for 52 yards.