Burris emerges as big-play star for Kell

The first weekend of the high school football season provided barely a glimpse of what’s to come this year, as only 17 Class AAAAA teams were in action. Here are a few of the things we learned, though, as we head into the first full weekend:

*A multiple threat emerges: Kell senior Julian Burris made a big impression in the Longhorns’ 26-16 victory over Chattahoochee in the Corky Kell Classic. Burris had one carry for 24 yards, completed a pass for 61 yards, had three receptions for 89 yards (including an 80-yard touchdown), returned two punts for 8 yards and returned two kickoffs for 110 yards, including a 94-yarder for a touchdown to start the second half. He also played some defense, recording an interception and a tackle.

*Adam Choice is still a force: Thomas County Central’s quarterback, who has committed to Clemson, rushed for 164 yards on 15 carries, was 4-for-6 passing for 76 yards and scored on runs of 78 and 10 yards in the Yellow Jackets 38-0 victory over rival Thomasville. As a junior, he rushed for 1,656 yards and passed for more than 600. Thomas County Central has won 11 of the past 12 in the series to pull even at 24-24.

*There’s hope for the 0-10 teams: Class AAA Towers was one of 20 teams in the state to go 0-10 last season, but the Titans broke out of their slump in Week 1 with a 13-0 victory over Jackson of Atlanta. The three winless AAAAA teams – Forest Park, Groves and North Springs – will look for similar results this weekend, but it won’t be easy. According to the computer Maxwell Ratings, Groves is a 22-point underdog against Screven County, North Springs is a 41-point underdog against McIntosh, and Forest Park is a 41-point underdog against Chattahoochee.

*Osborne must be feeling better: Tra Wynn scored two touchdowns as Osborne beat Chapel Hill 25-14, giving the Cardinals their first opening-game victory in nine years. Osborne, which hasn’t won more than three games in a season since 1994, had lost eight consecutive openers since beating Milton 10-0 on Aug. 20, 2004. Now the Cardinals have a chance to do one better – a victory against McNair (4-6 in 2012) on Friday would give them their first 2-0 start since 2001.

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August 27th, 2013
9:07 am

Wow. Looks like Clemsom getting 2 of georgias best in Adam Choice and Deshaun Watson.


August 27th, 2013
9:50 am

If Burris is #1, then you are right. He runs. No wasting time, he goes north and south. I loved watching him.

Bobo is Not The Problem

August 27th, 2013
10:15 am

He needs to work out the thuggishness that exemplified itself on his personal foul that backed us up to our own goal line after an 8-yard gain, but otherwise, he was absolutely terrific. The only thing holding this team back is the continued (from prior seasons) spotty special teams play. Burris had a KO return for a TD, based mostly on speed, but another punt return for a TD was called back for a block in the back; we missed 2 PAT’s; the first punt was horrible and the rest were so-so; and we fair caught a punt on the 4. Fumbling a punt inside our 5 lost us the Grayson game a few years ago, and another fair catch around the 5 cost us the Walton game a few years back. I love Coach Cook, but I wish SOMEBODY at that program would teach basic principles of when to fair catch a punt. I also wish we would learn to run a prevent defense when the other team has the ball on the 50 with 2 seconds left in the half. All you need to do is keep them out of the end zone on that one play, from 50 yards away, but our deep safeties were only 12-15 yards off the ball. Crazy.


August 27th, 2013
10:54 am

This young man is MONEY! If he keeps the right attitude. I noticed in his interview after the game, he said that he wanted to let everyone know who he is and what he can do. That’s ego driven, not that there’s anything wrong with having an ego. But you can’t place your personal goals before team goals and expect to win consistently. :-)


August 27th, 2013
11:24 am

Just hope that this kid (Julian Burris) don’t run out of gas, I watched the game, 1st game of the season, lots of hype, and playing in the Ga. Dome. I could really see the fatigue in the late stages of the game. Not sure if Chattahoochee was a tough enough opponent for Kell in the opener. We’ll just wait and see after about the 4th game of the season.

That Dude Says...

August 27th, 2013
10:20 pm

North Springs is a 41 point underdog to McIntosh??? McIntosh has never ever beat anyone by 41 points maybe ever. Well at least not in the last 20 years. If McIntosh beats North Springs by 41 pts than that tells me Flat Rock Middle School across the street from Sandy Creek H.S. (also in Fayette Co) could beat North Springs.


August 28th, 2013
6:55 am

I can not understand why teams like N Springs(2008) and Meadowcreek (2008) play region football. How many times a year are they someones homecoming game? I guess maybe every couple of years they will win one game but would it not be better that they play independent football? Playing against teams that every week they have a chance to be competitive. Overmatched every week the thought of an injuries to players alone would be my concern of the talent level decrepancy. The years list is when they actually won a game other than by forfeit.