By Ryan Lengerich
Kirk Burns is now the answer the Quay County sports question — who won the first ever player of the year award in six-man football District 2?
The senior emerged this season as the consensus player of the year in a district that in past years has only chosen first team offensive and defensive players.
“I knew I had a shot but I didn’t know that I would get it,” Burns said. “I had a good supporting cast and I stepped it up a little from last year.”
Burns began playing football as an eighth grader when he joined the fledgling Logan program. Head coach Billy Burns (no relation) watched Burns progress from a defensive player as a freshman and sophomore to an offensive standout in his senior season.
“He had a great year and he wouldn’t have had this great year if he hadn’t had those guys in front of him,” Billy Burns said. “We were really hoping he would have this kind of year.”
Burns scored a personal and school record seven touchdowns against Floyd in the program’s first ever playoff win. Billy Burns said the running back’s ability to change direction and strength made him effective.
“He is really tough to bring down, it would take three or four guys to get him down,” Billy Burns said. “He is not the fastest guy, but he makes everybody look slow.”
Logan added three other offensive players to the All-District team and four other players to the defensive team. Sophomore quarterback Drew Parez earned first team offense.
“I have never started a sophomore on varsity,” Billy Burns said. “He became a really good leader and we are expecting big things in the next few years.”
The Cowboys were able to land five of the eight players on their roster to the 2003 All-District team in the most successful year in team history.
The Cowboy’s finished the season behind Logan in the district race but landed the program’s first ever playoff appearance behind first year coach Justin Foust.
Foust’s younger brother Nathan was the only player in the district to earn All-District honors on offense and defense.