Senior running back Andrew Burnett’s record breaking night helped propel the Carmi-White County Bulldogs to a 41-7 home win over Vienna-Goreville Friday.
Burnett ran for 205 yards and four touchdowns in the game. He has run for over 100 yards in each of the Bulldogs’ eight games this season, making him the first player in school history with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
Carmi is now 7-1 and rests in a three-way tie atop the Black Diamond Conference standings with Eldorado and Fairfield. The Bulldogs will close out the regular season at Sesser-Valier Friday.
Burnett had touchdown runs of one, seven, 24 and eight yards against the Eagles. The Bulldogs’ other two scores came from a duo that is also etched in the Carmi record book. Senior quarterback Jake Simon, the school’s all-time leader in pass attempts and completions, hooked up with fellow senior Justice Stubblefield, the Bulldogs’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage, for touchdown passes of five and seven yards. Simon was 12-for-21 on the night for 171 yards. Stubblefield had eight receptions for 116 yards. Vienna-Goreville (1-7) got its only score late in the fourth on a seven-yard run by Nate Wilcox.
Senior Braxton Williams paced the Bulldog defense with 17 tackles, a dozen of them solo stops. Junior Wyatt Weinbrecht had nine and junior Justin Lamp eight. Lamp also recorded his fifth interception of the season.
The Bulldogs held a modest 14-0 lead at halftime, but erupted for 21 points in the third quarter to put the game away.