LEWISTOWN - Back on top, again!
For the fourth year in a row, the Burnham Bulldogs special needs football team participated in its own All-American Bowl end-of-year extravaganza and came out with a title.
The team has played numerous teams from throughout the community during its regular season and finished with a bang.
Sentinel photo by TIM?SHUMAKER
Burnham Bulldogs’ Miranda Taylor carries the ball down the field as her teammate David Cook, left, blocks Mifflin County School District players Deb Fisher and Sarah Drumheiser, Sunday at Mitchell Field. The Bulldogs won the game 38-34.
Sentinel photo by TIM SHUMAKER
Burnham Bulldogs’ Adam Wert runs the ball as Mifflin County School District’s Sarah Drumheiser runs behind Sunday at Mitchell Field.
Burnham ended its year with three games, all held at Mitchell Field.
The team went a perfect 3-0 during that span, defeating the Central Pennsylvania Wrestlers in the opener, winning the game on a last second touchdown. In the second game against the Mifflin County School District the Bulldogs won 38-34, and in the big game against arch rival Overhead Door, the Bulldogs pulled out the 46-38 victory and all the spoils that come with being called a champion.
Running back Adam Wert was voted the Super Bowl MVP. Wert came up big in the second and third games, scoring two late touchdowns en route to the victories.
"That was super exciting when we won our fourth Super Bowl," said veteran team player Bobby "Hollywood" Fisher. "Hopefully we can play this good next year and win our fifth one."
In the title tilt, the game came down to one last play as Miranda Taylor intercepted a possible game tying two-point conversion and scored a 100-yard touchdown to secure the victory.
Wert and Bobby Rexroth also scored on touchdowns of more than 40 yards apiece. Also picking up touchdowns for the champions were David Fye, Nic Bedlyon and Alex Burke.
Defensively, the Bulldogs got strong efforts from Walter Snyder, Ben Stuck and Chase Mitchell.
Fisher, the quarterback, went a perfect 3-for-3 passing on the night, connecting all three times to Zach Van Horne. All the Fisher's completions resulted in points.
"I can't believe we did it again for the second year in a row we - beat (Rob) 'Meatball' Ruby and Overhead Door," Snyder said. "They came gunning for us and they played a great game but we did it."
Consisting of players with different challenges in life, the group sported its largest output in its five-year existence -an average of 22 athletes and seven cheerleaders took part through the fall season.
The Bulldogs defeated teams from the Seven Mountain Jeep Club, South Hills Business School, CPW Wrestlers, Sticky Bun Cafe and numerous others.
For the regular season, the group ended with a 9-1-1 record as its only tie came in the season opener against the CPW Wrestlers and its loss was against Overhead Door two weeks before the end of the season.