Burlington’s Kaleb Zabielski returns a kickoff in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Waterford. The Wolverines won the rivalry game, 28-17. (Photo by Michael Stefanich Jr.)

By Jennifer Eisenbart

Staff writer

The regular-season finale for the Waterford Union High School Wolverines was a master class in how to chew up the game clock – with a Level 101 course on junior Carson Blitz to boot.

While the Wolverines didn’t score on their opening drive, they ate up most of the opening quarter during the Oct. 14 Southern Lakes Conference football finale against Burlington.

The domination of Waterford’s run game put the finishing touches on a six-game winning streak for the Wolverines, who downed the Demons, 28-17.

Waterford finished the season 6-3, while Burlington is 4-5. However, the Wolverines were 6-1 in SLC play, while the Demons were 4-3.

Now, the two teams get to do it all over again Friday. The WIAA Division 2 brackets, released Oct. 15, have third-seeded Waterford hosting sixth-seeded Burlington Friday at 7 p.m.

It’s the second year in a row that the two teams finished the regular season against each other, then faced each other in the first round.

Last year, Burlington beat Waterford in the regular season, but fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Wolverines.

To read the full story see the Oct. 20 editions of the Burlington Standard Press and Waterford Post.