DELBARTON — Drew Hatfield was a one-man wrecking crew in the Burch Middle School football team’s 50-8 rout over Lenore Middle School on Thursday night at the Burch football field in Delbarton.
Hatfield, the Burch quarterback, accounted for all seven of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns as Burch rolled over the Rangers.
Hatfield scored six touchdowns and also fired a 70-yard bomb to Gavin Farley for another score as the Bulldogs improved to 4-1 on the season.
Hatfield scored three TDs on runs of 76, 65 and 41 and took it to the house three more times in special teams with scores of 75, 50 and 55 on either punt or kickoff returns.
It was also an even better night for Hatfield. With is team up 30-0 over the Rangers at halftime, he was also crowned as the homecoming king.
Burch has now won four straight games. The Bulldogs have also downed Sandy River (34-20), Williamson (38-0) and Kermit (44-0) during the streak.
Lenore dropped to 2-2 on the season with the loss.
The Rangers scored their only touchdown of the night with 4:12 to go in the third quarter with a 1-yard plunge by Kyle Ellis. Parker Brewer ran in on the two-point conversion to make it 30-8.
Burch then added three more scores to close out the game.
After stopping Lenore on a three-and-out series to open the game, Hatfield raced 76 yards for a touchdown at the 4:33 mark of the opening quarter. Dougie Dillon ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Then on the ensuing punt by Lenore, Hatfield returned it all the way for a 75-yard score to make it 16-0 following Dillon’s conversion run at the 2:41 mark.
The Rangers then had to punt it again and Hatfield was there to field the ball and then go 50 yards for another special teams touchdown. The conversion failed but Burch led 22-0 with 19 seconds to go in the opening quarter.
Later, the 70-yard strike from Hatfield to Farley made it 30-0 with 3:14 left until halftime.
After the lone Lenore touchdown, Burch used some trickery as Hatfield took a lateral on the enusing kickoff and dashed in for a 55-yard score to make it 36-8 at the 3:52 mark.
Then with nine seconds left in the third, Hatfield took a keeper from the shotgun, raced around the end and turned on the afterburners for a 65-yard touchdown to increase the margin to 42-8.
Hatfield’s 41-yard TD run with 4:46 remaining in the game finished out the scoring.
Lenore is back in action this coming Thursday night as the Rangers play host to the Williamson Wolfpack. Game time is set for 7 p.m. It will also be Eighth-Grade Night for the Rangers.
The Rangers’ last three games are at home as Lenore hosts Kermit on Oct. 8 and Madison on Oct. 15.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).