LAWNDALE — A high scoring game between a pass happy offense and a big-play running attack was expected when Forestview and Burns got together Friday night at Ron Green Stadium.

And the game lived up to billing with big plays on both sides, including seven dazzling scoring plays ranging from 31 yards to 94 yards.

However, it was a goal line stand by a besieged Burns defense that decided the game in the final two minutes as the Bulldogs won 49-31 in a wild Big South 3A Conference contest.

Trailing 35-31, Forestview was driving for the potential go-ahead touchdown after picking up a first and goal at the Burns 6-yard line inside the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter.

The Jaguars then lost a net of one yard on the next three running plays, forcing a fourth and goal from 7. Forestview quarterback Jake Lee completed a pass to Cameron Carter at the one-yard line, but three Burns defenders converged to push back the receiver and deny him the goal line by inches.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3) took over inside their one-yard line, got a five-yard penalty on Forestview, and broke the game open on a 94-yard burst for a touchdown by Dontay Jones to make it 42-31.

And in a fitting finish for a game replete with dramatic turns of fortune, Burns defensive back Jaquan Degree intercepted a Lee pass on Forestview’s next possession and returned it 95 yards down the sideline with 3.2 seconds left in the game.

 

Turning point: Burns was on the brink of being blown out of the game when Forestview scored on Lee’s one-yard sneak to give the Jaguars a 28-13 lead late in the third quarter.

However, the Jaguars (3-5, 1-3) never found the end zone again as the Bulldogs limited Forestview to a 51-yard field goal by Holt Cloninger over the game’s final 14 minutes.

Linebacker Nick Jackson led the Burns defensive effort in the second half and finished with 14 tackles and two sacks. Forestview’s Lee was under pressure much of the game and was sacked four times by the Burns pass rushers.

 

Stars of the game: Junior running back Kujuan James threatened his own single game school rushing record (280 yards last week against Stuart Cramer) by amassing 267 yards on 21 carries and streaking for touchdown runs of 64, 75 and 41 yards.

On the 75-yard run, the speedy James wowed the home crowd with a spinning, juking run that left several would-be Forestview tacklers in his wake.

 

Notes: Forestview running back Jamarion Dawkins was overshadowed by James but had a big game in his own right, rushing for 158 yards on 28 carries, including a 43-yard burst for a score in the third quarter …

The teams played to a 7-7 tie in the first half but combined for 66 points in the final 24 minutes …

 

What’s next: Burns plays its final home game of the season next Friday against Kings Mountain. Forestview is on the road to face Hunter Huss.