Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA) kicked off the 2012 season in good fashion with a 20-19 win over Nottoway. The Bulldogs then proceeded to lose five straight, at which point the season hung in the balance. Virginia Tech-bound junior Xavier Burke and his teammates rallied, though, and are now winners of four straight heading into the first round of the Division 3, Region 1 playoffs.
Brunswick’s 18-2 win over rival Greensville County evened its overall record at 5-5, 4-2 in the Southside District.
“We knew we were a great team,” Burke said, discussing his team’s turnaround. “We just had to make a change. After the third game we lost, we started to make changes… attitude, position changes, and working hard.”
Friday night, Brunswick will take on Park View (South Hill). The two teams squared off in the regular season with the Bulldogs taking the win, 42-26.
“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time, to make it to state and bring home the state trophy,” Burke said.
As has been typical of previous years, the 6’3″, 245-pound Burke has been a jack-of-all-trades for head coach Harold L. Williams. His primary positions have been defensive end, tight end, and wide receiver. He has also seen time at quarterback and middle linebacker.
Brunswick is primarily a running team, but Burke says he has made a few touchdown catches. He is also proud of the way he has played on defense.
“Defensive end has been great,” Burke said. “I’ve had a few games with double-digits tackles this year.”
One of four high school juniors to have verbally committed to the Hokies, Burke made his college choice this past summer and has not had any second thoughts.
“I’m still part of Hokienation,” Burke said when asked if he was solid in his decision. “I don’t plan on talking to any other schools. I’m going back to Virginia Tech on the 24th, to watch them against UVa. I decided on that game because my basketball coach is (former Cavaliers basketball star) Bryant Stith. He said UVa is going to win this year, so I want to be able to have something to say to him.”
Tech may have five losses so far this year, but Burke has no doubts about the status of the program.
“Tech has a great program,” Burke said. “They are not...
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