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Incline football | Highlanders out-gun Burney on road

Staff report
The Incline football team evened its record at 1-1 with a 49-40 win at Burney.
Courtesy Marlene Borgess |

Incline 49, Burney 40

Incline 14 14 14 7 — 49

Burney 14 14 0 12 — 40

Individual statistics

RUSHING — Incline, 38-216: Graffis 22-120; Clouthier 9-67; Sunseri 6-45; Sanchez 1-(-16). Burney, 42-206: Hovis 16-95; Searl 15-71; Guerrero 10-36; Jimenez 1-4.

PASSING — Incline: Clouthier 8-14-198-0. Burney: Searl 3-11-65-1.

RECEIVING — Incline: Snyder 7-186; Graffis 1-12. Burney: Stier 2-51; Guerrero 1-14.

After opening the season with a heartbreaking home loss in overtime, the visiting Incline football team bounced back to defeat Burney, 49-40, in a nonleague contest on the road this past Friday night.

Senior tight end Ben Snyder and junior running back Owen Graffis scored three touchdowns apiece to lead the Incline offense, which needed to be on its game in the high-scoring shootout.

The Highlanders, who scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 42-28 lead, amassed 414 yards of total offense to Burney’s 271.

Graffis gained 120 yards on 22 carries, while Snyder caught seven passes for 186 yards. Senior quarterback Jack Clouthier finished 8-of-14 for 198 yards, with three TD tosses and no interceptions.

Opposite of their struggles in their opener, the Highlanders converted six two-point conversions and one PAT on the night.

Defensively, junior linebacker Michael Guymon recorded three sacks and 14 tackles, while Snyder had a team-high 17 tackles. Joe Sunseri had 12 tackles.

Incline will host a nonleague game against Quincy (0-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. The Highlanders open Division III league play at ROP (0-2) on Sept. 19.