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Burlington’s Scoring Flurry Buries Broncos

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Staff Writer

In Friday night’s intracounty Southern Lakes Conference matchup between Union Grove and Burlington, a pair of second-quarter fumbles turned Burlington’s early deficit into the precursor of a rout.

Looking to avoid starting 0-5 for the first time in 10 years, Union Grove (0-5, 0-3 SLC) got on the board first early in the second quarter when Nathan Williams completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Kacey Spranger.

The Broncos got the ball back and were looking to score again with five minutes left until halftime when a penalty on special teams and a short punt gave Burlington good field position. Shortly after, Jack Sulik completed a 1-yard pass to Tommy Teberg for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:23 left in the quarter.

On the next drive, Union Grove fumbled the exchange between the quarterback and running back and the Demons recovered. Sulik once again found Teberg, this time on a 16-yard scoring pass, to give Burlington a 14-7 lead with 4:10 left in the half.

The Broncos had a chance to tie the game on the next drive as they reached midfield, but Burlington linebacker David Kraus stripped the ball from a wide receiver and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 3:15 remaining.

With a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, Sulik and Teberg connected again for the Demons on a game-breaking touchdown. Teberg caught a swing pass, made a cut and ran 75 yards for the score. Teberg scored again near the end of the third quarter on an 8-yard run.

The loss had a familiar feeling for the Broncos. In all five of their games this season, they have either led or been within one score of their opponent in the final five minutes of the first half. In those final five minutes, Union Grove has been outscored 71-21 and went on to lose all five games by 19 points or more.

Meanwhile, an unusual first half of the season for Burlington may soon start to reap rewards. The Demons have had to play their first five games away from home while an artificial turf is being installed, and have a winning record in SLC play despite it.