GATESVILLE — There wasn’t much Burnet could do to stop Cole Edmiston. If the Bulldogs managed to slow down the Gatesville senior quarterback on the ground, he’d throw it — short or deep.
Edmiston was the epitome of a dual-threat in Gatesville’s 44-19 victory over Burnet on Friday night. He was 22-of-28 and threw for 415 yards and four touchdowns and added 57 yards on the ground. The reigning KDHpressbox.com player of the week had 228 yards and two scoring strikes by halftime as the Hornets built at 24-6 lead.
“He’s a great leader with lots of experience — he’s getting better and better every week,” Gatesville coach Kyle Cooper said of his quarterback.
But for Edmiston it was less about what he was able to do and more about his receivers making him look good.
“We were getting open and catching the ball,” said Edmiston. “They were keying on our running game and we just took what they gave us. (The receivers) know where to be and that makes it easier for me. It was a great night for all of us.”
That was all the Hornets (7-0, 2-0 8-3A) needed, but not all they got.
Edmiston found fellow senior Tyler Jaynes eight times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. The first scoring connection was good for 30 yards and the second was from 28 yards out.
“It was a great team effort and it started with our pass block from the offensive line,” Jaynes said. “Cole scrambled a lot tonight and we were able to get open while he was scrambling.”
Edmiston hit Connor Watson for a 71-yard strike that extended the Gatesville lead to 44-6.
“My stats are probably better than they should be because my receivers were able to catch the ball and run for yards after the catch — it’s just determination,” Edmiston said. “We knew if we could catch the ball that there were big gains to be made.”
Burnet (2-5, 0-2) had some success controlling the Hornet’s potent rushing attack.
Junior Jake Kee managed 55 yards on 14 carries but was held in check by the Bulldogs front seven. The running back had one gain over 10 yards, and had 16 yards on 12 carries in the first half.
“They kept him bottled up a little bit. They had a front that we hadn’t seen in awhile,” said Cooper. “They do a great job with the 3-4 defense.”
Edmiston had 55 yards in the first half and didn’t run for much more in the second.
He didn’t have to.
He continually found open receivers who had managed to get behind the Burnet secondary and torched the Bulldogs with his accuracy.
“Our quarterback is really athletic and without him scrambling a lot of those yards wouldn’t have happened — he probably would’ve been sacked,” Jaynes said.
If Jaynes was the deep threat then senior Danny Byrd was the possession receiver. He caught five passes for 46 yards and had three first-down conversions that extended Gatesville drives.
Despite being down by such a large margin, Burnet didn’t call it quits. They scored 13 unanswered points in the last 4:25 to make the score respectable.
Both scoring drives were orchestrated by back-up quarterback Drew Dewald, who threw for 121 yards and two scores in mop-up duty.
Bulldogs coach Kurt Jones won’t be making a change despite the second stringer outperforming the starter.
“Derek Kiser is our quarterback,” Jones said. “Dewald came in and did a good job, but we only wanted to get him some work.”