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Saturday, August 27, 2011
QB Burgin, Highland Park pick apart Everman

By Jeff Andrews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas – The calendar says it's Zero Week, but the precision of Highland Park's offense suggests it's December.

Quarterback Brady Burgin put together a pristine performance in Highland Park's opener, throwing for 280 yards and accounting for five touchdowns to lead the third-ranked Scots to a 48-28 rout of No. 5 Everman on Saturday at the Tom Landry Classic at SMU's Ford Stadium.

Brady Burgin
Brady Burgin threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Highland Park over Everman.
"Brady had a really good game and our receivers did a great job catching the football," Highland Park coach Randy Allen said. "You have to have time, and against Everman, that's what you have to worry about."

Burgin and the Scots (1-0) dominated the first half, and if it weren't for a pair of fumbles, they may have scored on every drive.

Aside from scoring on a 1-yard run himself, Burgin threw a touchdown pass to William Morris (17 yards) and two to Hunter Halpin (25 and 13) before halftime, giving the Scots a 41-14 lead at the break.

Burgin gave the Scots a scare early in the second half when he left the game with a cramp and a rolled ankle, but he returned for the next drive to throw a 47-yard touchdown to Morris before leaving the game for good.

"I started cramping up," Burgin said. "Nothing too serious. I went back in and then I kind of rolled my ankle but nothing serious. I'm good."

Everman (0-1) simply couldn't keep pace. The Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead after Pat Small popped off an 85-yard touchdown run on his team's first possession.

Small, who accounted for 227 of Everman's 401 total yards, caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Devynn Birdow to cut Highland Park's lead to 21-14 early in the second quarter, but Highland Park's Preston Miller returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, and the Scots never looked back.

Aside from a few big plays from Small and Horace Richardson, who scored on a punt return and a 36-yard reception, Everman never developed any consistency on offense.

"They're very explosive," Allen said of Everman's offense. "They make a living doing that, busting a reverse or counter all the way. Our guys just had to get used to that kind of speed."