SHOW­DOWN TO SHEP­ARD

Bur­rell runs for 2 TDs as the Astros elim­i­nate the Arg­onauts from play­off con­tention

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Sports - By Steve Mil­lar

Watch­ing the­wayAr­go­ran­the foot­ball out of its flexbone of­fense Fri­day night fired up Shep­ard'sKorey Bur­rell.

“Oh my God, they ran it well,” Bur­rell said. “I was on the side­line watch­ing (Argo quar­ter­back Alex Har­ris), and he was a re­ally good player.

“So when I got my chance to get the ball, IknewI had to shine. I had to go get my team touch­downs.”

And that's what Bur­rell did. The se­nior run­ning back rushed for 180 yards and two TDs to lift vis­it­ing Shep­ard to a 40-28 South Sub­ur­ban Red win.

Argo (4-5, 2-4) ran for 383 yards against the Astros (7-2, 5-1). Har­ris fin­ished with 139 yards and a TD on 20 car­ries, while Ar­tur­oMar­quez ran for 129 yards and two TDs.

The Arg­onauts, though, came up short in their bid for their first play­off berth since 2013.

Bur­rell was a big rea­son why as he ran for TDs of 16 and 47 yards in the first half.

After Eli­jah Vin­son re­cov­ered a fum­ble at the Shep­ard 5-yard line with 7:55 to go, Bur­rell chewed up much of the re­main­ing time as the Astros were cling­ing to a 34-28 lead.

Bur­rell ran for three first downs on the en­su­ing drive to set up quar­ter­back Kevin Gra­ham's 7-yardTDrun that sealed the win with 2:23 left.

It was the sec­ond TD run for Gra­ham, who also threw a TD pass to Yousef Isa.

“We knew they needed to win to make the play­offs, and we know some of the guys on their team, but in the game of foot­ball there aren't any friends,” Bur­rell said. “We all have the same goals and I feel like we worked harder to get this win.”

This sea­son is Bur­rell's first at run­ning back after he pre­vi­ously played wide re­ceiver and de­fen­sive back.

“Korey's re­ally picked it up over the last three weeks,” Shep­ard coach John Rone said. “Now that he has some ex­pe­ri­ence, he's re­ally get­ting it. The young man has been very good for us.”

Down34-28, Argo reached the Shep­ard 1-yard line be­fore com­mit­ting a false-start penalty. The fum­ble that Vin­son re­cov­ered fol­lowed.

“We were play­ing hard and when they fum­bled, we had to dive on it,” Vin­son said. “They were a hardteamto stop, soit­was huge to get that fum­ble.”

Argo, mean­while, was left to won­der what could have been.

“We fum­bled the ball at a bad spot and Shep­ard took ad­van­tage,” Argo coach Tim Con­nelly said. “Our kids gave it ev­ery­thing they had. I couldn't be prouder of them.”

SteveMil­lar is a free­lance re­porter for the Daily South­town.

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