Azle Hornets v Burleson Elks 1st Half Thoughts

Azle and Burleson in their 2nd round playoff matchup from Birdville Sports Complex in North Richland Hills

Halftime score: Azle 14 Burleson 6

Azle Hornets –

Azle has been able to control the football more on the ground but I’m really surprised they haven’t taken more shots downfield. Quarterback Jamie King has proven a strong arm and good decision making but has been given few opportunities to test the Burleson defense.

The tough part about where Azle was in the second half, it would have forced King to throw into what has been a strong wind going right to left.

On defense they’ve given up one big play that led to a Burleson touchdown early in the game but a missed field goal in the reason for the Elks only having 6 points on the board right now. They were intercepted once in the second quarter but it was wiped out thanks to a defense hold on the Hornets.

Azle should be up by more than eight at halftime.

 

Burleson Elks –

The Burleson offense was able to run it a few times against what has been a stout Azle defense in the first half but has had little success after that. Their final drive of the first half was three passing plays before punting the ball back to the Hornets.

Defensively, to the surprise of some, they’ve been able to hold Azle from making any big plays. The 14 points given up so far has come on two touchdown runs by the aforementioned Azle QB Jamie King. Outside of that, the Elks have been able to hold the Hornets at bay and being down by eight at halftime plays right into their favor.

Burleson QB Preston Paden has a quick release and it has kept the Hornets from being able to blitz any of their linebackers.

 

Second half expectations – 

Look for Burleson to start throwing the ball more against the Azle defense, especially getting one touchdown through the air already tonight.

For Azle, the same as Burleson. It’s surprising that they aren’t opening the passing game at all and allowing King to stretch the field but with their top wide receiver, Trevor Boiles, with a heavy cast on one arm due to a broken finger, it will force King to find other options down field. Burleson isn’t playing the safeties deep on defense so look for some long passes down field in the second half.

 

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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