Sports601 Smith County Player of the Week: Braxton Burkett
by Brad Crowe
Aug 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Raleigh quarterback Braxton Burkett (5) carries the ball in the Lions' win over Mize. (Photo by Brad Crowe)
Raleigh quarterback Braxton Burkett (5) carries the ball in the Lions' win over Mize. (Photo by Brad Crowe)
Last week's season-opener between the Raleigh Lions and the Mize Bulldogs was similar to watching a mud wrestling contest. For three quarters, both offenses struggled to extend drives and find the end zone to no avail. However, junior quarterback Braxton Burkett and the Lions stuck to their guns, which paid off with a huge offensive fourth quarter to claim a 20-0 victory. For this, we recognize Burkett as our Sports601 Smith County Player of the Week.

"First of all I want to thank God for this opportunity," stated Burkett. "The first half wasn't too great. We had a lot of mistakes. At halftime the coaches and the team all came together and talked about our mistakes to fix them, and we came out better in the third. I'd like to thank the offensive line for helping make things happen offensively, and the defense and special teams both did great. We held [Mize] to just 51 yards of offense." 

"I'm curious to see how many yards he ended up with," Raleigh head coach Chad Collums said when asked about Burkett's performance after the contest. "I thought he really took over the game. He made some big plays on both sides of the ball, and in the fourth quarter when it mattered most, he showed up for us."

By the time the final horn sounded, Burkett had passed for 94 yards, rushed for an incredible 198 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Lions. He accounted for 292 of Raleigh's 330 total yards of offense in the contest." 

When asked about his postgame conversation with Coach Collums, Burkett said it was all encouragement. 

"He congratulated me on my first career start and the team for getting the win," said Burkett. "He wanted to make a good impression on our community in his first game as our coach. A lot of people thought we were going to lose at halftime, but we came out in the second half, gave it our all and got a great team win."

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