The Burney Raiders have found new life in 8-man football. It’s been 10 years since the Raiders have logged a winning season and while they’ve still got four games left on the docket, there’s a competitive fire in the Intermountain.
And that fire is young … and hungry … and led by quarterback Connor Pfadt. The junior signal-caller has led the Raiders to a rebirth of sorts and a 2-3 mark thus far in the season – two losses to Chester, which played for a Division V 11-man section title last season, and one to 5-0 Tulelake.
Pfadt scored four rushing touchdowns and threw for another in Burney’s 68-12 homecoming win over Loyalton on Friday and earned the Shasta County Sports Player of the Week honors. He was 4-of-6 passing for 52 yards and added 75 yards on seven carries in the win.
Of course, Pfadt is no one-man Raiders’ show as Jedediah Tate’s bunch is teeming with young talent. Junior Langston Tate ran for 209 yards and two scores, while fellow 11th-grader Hayden Crook had 162 yards rushing on 16 carries and two TDs. Pfadt’s scoring heave went to junior Heath Johnson.
A year after going 0-10 in 11-man, Burney seems to be thriving and competing in 8-man and could very well reach the seven-win mark of 2012, one of two winning campaigns for Burney since 2004.
How the season plays out remains to be seen, but will Pfadt leading the Raiders youngsters anything is possible.
Shasta County Sports Player of the Week
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