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Thacker's five-TD night powers Burton past Castlewood

Kevin Mays • Oct 20, 2018 at 12:30 AM

CASTLEWOOD — J.I. Burton quarterback Houston Thacker etched another career night into the books.

The senior completed 14 of 21 passes for 236 yards and five touchdowns Friday to lead the Raiders to a 40-6 win over Castlewood in Cumberland District football action at White Stadium.

The five touchdowns in a single game marked a career high for Thacker, who had four earlier this season against Lee.

FIRST-HALF SPUTTERS

Thacker and his teammates struck early with touchdowns on their first two possessions: a 34-yard pass to Esau Teasley and a 9-yarder to Derrick Allen.

After that, however, Castlewood’s defense stepped up and thwarted the Raiders for the remainder of the half.

“We’re not at all satisfied with our performance in the first half,” said Burton coach Jim Adams. “We didn’t have a good week of practice and we showed it in the first half.

“The thing I am pleased with is we had a heart-to-heart at halftime, and it was a lot better, cleaner game in the second half.”

The Raiders (6-2, 3-0) scored 26 second-half points — including three Thacker TD passes in the third quarter — to put away the game.

“We came out (in the first quarter) and we took the ball down twice and scored with ease. I thought we were going to be all right,” Thacker said. “Then our defense gave up a big play and it was on from there.

“Hats off to Castlewood. They played us good in the first half. They’re a tough football team and they always play hard against us.”

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Castlewood had its chances to get on the scoreboard in the first half.

The Blue Devils (3-6, 2-2) moved the ball to the Burton 9 in the first quarter and to the 20 in the second. However, both drives stalled and Castlewood turned the ball over on downs.

“That’s kind of been our story all along, inconsistency,” said Blue Devils coach Darrell Taylor. “We showed flashes there of doing pretty good. We threaten to score, but we just can’t finish.”

SLAMMING THE DOOR

The Raiders scored on all three of their third-quarter possessions. Thacker connected with Allen on a 22-yard pass, with Najee Steele on a 15-yarder and with Mikey Culbertson on a screen pass that turned into a 30-yard touchdown.

Burton closed out its scoring in the final quarter when Tyrell Ingram broke loose for a 42-yard touchdown run.

Castlewood avoided the shutout when quarterback Jacob Vance scored on 10-yard run with 14 seconds left in the game.

UP NEXT

Castlewood is idle next week.

Burton stays inside the Cumberland District when it hosts Rye Cove on Friday at Lawson-Fitchko Stadium.

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