Daylon Burks: This Is Your Season

If you’re like me, you’re tired of hearing about what’s wrong with Lumberton. Admittedly, there are plenty of things wrong with the City of Lumberton; especially at city hall but there’s always another vantage point to consider. Whenever you look at the Lumberton School System, there’s always some good news to report. Based on Facebook statuses, there are a lot of students excelling academically. Just before the fall break, I saw photos from a weekend clean-up effort by the Beta club. I haven’t followed the Lumberton Panther 2015 Football season but despite the changing of the guards, there are still players that are standing out and making a name for themselves.

This is the year of Daylon Burks. I Googled him and it seems that he’s been making headlines since 2012. I’m not sure if it was before or after the homecoming game when I noticed an increase in posts about Burks but a lot of people has spoken very highly of his athletic prowess. Now before everyone jump on the fact that I’ve singled out Burks in this post, I am fully aware that football is a team sport. Daylon Burks also noted in a recent interview that he would not be able to achieve the goals he’s achieved without the support of his team. Another example of the selflessness of an amazing athlete that’s going to make a big impact within the sports arena for many years to come. In an article in the Hattiesburg American, Burks was described as

“one of the more electrifying players in Class 1A.”
That’s very high praise for an athlete in any division.

To get a better idea of the type of player we’re talking about, here’s a brief rundown of Burks’ MaxPreps stats from his junior year. Burks is credited with a total of 80 points during his year as a junior; that’s 7.3 points per game. He’s listed as having a total of 13 touchdowns, 143 passing yards, 432 rushing yards and 369 receiving yards. During his senior year, Burks has continued to reach new milestones as a running back. Just recently, Daylon Burks was selected as the Player of the Week two weeks in a row. Burks’ first selection as Player of the Week was awarded after Lumberton’s first win of the season. Daylon Burks managed to pile up 213 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries and this was in the first half of the game. In addition to the accolades Burks received as Player of the Week, he was also selected for the Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Game that will be played on December 19, 2015 in Gulfport, MS. Please help me congratulate an outstanding player that has made the Lumberton Panther football team, Lumberton High School and the City of Lumberton PROUD!

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