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Shorthanded East Chicago holds off Roosevelt

Updated: October 2, 2012 6:13AM



GARY — It’s not how East Chicago drew it up in the playbook but it still accomplished the desired result: Tre’Quan Burnett in the end zone for six points.

That Cardinals touchdown — which bounced off running back Anthony Hunt’s hands and a Roosevelt defender’s hands before finally landing in Burnett’s hands — proved to be the game-winner as East Chicago survived its contest against the Panthers 32-20 on Friday night.

Burnett’s acrobatic play with 5:33 left in the game led to a 37-yard touchdown passing play as EC (2-1) overcame the loss of star running back Martayveus Carter.

Carter and offensive linemen Denzel Thurston were both suspended one game for their altercation with a pair of Lake Central players in last week’s loss at home.

“We were down because we had some teammates out of this one. But we wanted to come out and win this for them.” Burnett said. “I thought I had enough momentum to get it. Like I told my quarterback (Carlos Fernandez) ‘Don’t throw it so far over my head… just throw it where I can get it.’ It ricocheted back-and-forth and I caught it before it touched the ground and I just ran off.”

It was quite the momentum-changer. Roosevelt (0-3) appeared destined to get its first win under coach Jeff Karras after Jerry Ruiz (154 yards) scampered 62 yards for his second TD of the game with 7:31 remaining to give his team a 20-18 lead.

But the lead was short-lived as Burnett scored less than two minutes later. Anthony Hunt put it away with his only TD of the night with one minute remaining from seven yards out. He led the Cardinals with 147 yards on 16 carries.

Larunte Fairley also added a pair of TD runs.



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