YORKTOWN — Ahead of an anticipated weekend of heavy rain, a different type of storm raked Yorktown’s Tiger Stadium Friday night.
That was, in essence, Hurricane Anthony.
Mt. Vernon senior halfback Anthony Burnett flooded the Tigers’ secondary, and beyond, with 262 yards, including 240 with four touchdowns in the first half, as the Marauders ripped Yorktown 52-14.
Burnett’s career night, featuring TD runs of 40, 19, 68 and 99 yards, greatly helped MV (2-1) get off to a flying start in the Hoosier Heritage Conference race.
“Our line did an amazing job today,” Burnett said. “It’s nice to know you can run 16 yards before you can get (defenders) to touch. That’s when football players become football players, making people miss.”
Whether it was Burnett, the defense or special teams, the Marauders struck very quickly. They had the ball for only about eight minutes in the first half, but racked up 46 points. Three of Burnett’s scores were on the first plays of drives.
After Yorktown (1-2, 0-1 HHC) assumed a 7-6 lead, less than seven minutes into the contest, it botched the kickoff and MV got the ball at the Tiger 40-yard line. Burnett took it in from right there on the next play.
And immediately following Yorktown’s second — and final — TD, Burnett jaunted 68 yards to put his team up 32-14.