Burrus Amazes As Warriors Trounce JPII 54-26, Improve To 3-1Sep 24th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News, Sports
By William Smith
Greene Publishing, Inc.
In a flash, it was over: the highlight play of the Aucilla season so far, a perfect fourth quarter exclamation point to a satisfying win over a rival. Junior cornerback Timothy Burrus leapt into the air, hung for a moment, then deftly snatched an errant pass one-handed from the night sky, cradled the ball into his forearm, and tight-roped down the sideline for the final nail in John Paul II’s coffin in a hair-raising defensive touchdown built for the highlight reel. Make no mistake: Burrus is not a shy playmaker. He has been all too willing to step into the spotlight when the Warriors have needed the big play, and Friday’s 54-26 victory over the Panthers from Tallahassee marked just the latest chapter in Burrus’ stellar 2013 campaign. Through four games, Burrus has been responsible for eight Warrior touchdowns, including two interceptions returned for scores. Even more impressive is the real estate that accompanies the points: 730 combined rushing and receiving yards, or roughly 40% of Aucilla’s offensive output this season. What may be most striking of all, however, is that Burrus is currently averaging a whopping 14 yards per rush, as well 17.5 yards per reception. Burrus has turned the dial to eleven in the past two weeks, with 511 yards and six scores of his total coming against St Joesph (270 yards, two TDs) and John Paul (241 yards, four TDs). If the current trend continues, Aucilla’s record book may need the assistance of the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office to file assault charges. Said head coach Colby Roberts, “There really isn’t much that I can add to what Timmy has done so far this year. His numbers absolutely speak for themselves. He’s been the heart of this team on offense, and has been in position to make a crucial play on defense on several occasions.” Roberts continued, saying “By no means was this a one-man show, though. We played sloppy at times, but this was another gutsy win for our club that builds confidence going forward.” Burrus was not the only offensive highlight shining that night though, as senior tailback Brandon Holm recorded another triple-digit rushing effort with a 17 carry, 104 yard game that now brings his season total to 335 yards on 54 carries, or a notable 6.2 yards per rush. Holm serves as the traditional I-back rushing backbone of the Warrior offense, while Burrus mostly functions from Wildcat and other more contemporary formations. As a team, Aucilla relied on the running attack, rolling up 339 yards rushing as the passing game struggled to gain ground. Junior quarterback Austin Bishop had a mixed evening, with some brilliant timing routes for crucial first downs, but also some poor decisions that resulted in turnovers. Bishop finished at 8/23 for 204 yards, three TDs, and three interceptions. Defensively, Aucilla performed well against the spread attack of John Paul II. The Panthers feature a deadly passing game that has the potential to gouge an opponent with long scoring plays, and the Warriors were mostly able to bottle up the opponent’s explosive receivers. Once again leading the charge for the Glass Eaters of the Warrior front seven was junior middle linebacker Cole
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