Brad Burns - Sr., RB/LB - Hoosick Falls
[Player of the Year]
Many times, numbers tell a story. For Hoosick Falls standout Brad Burns, they say a lot:
-- 2,133 yards rushing, a 9-yard per carry average -- smashing the school record
-- 41 touchdowns (37 rushing)
-- 202 total yards per game, nearly half his team’s total
-- 248 points, second-most in Section II history and tied for 16th in New York history
But those numbers fail to convey Burns’ unquenchable desire to lead the Panthers to their first state championship in school history. In the playoffs, with the season on the line against increasingly difficult competition, Burns was at his best, scoring 19 times.
"He had an absolutely great year and he’s done this for the past four years," said Hoosick Falls coach Ron Jones. "He’s plays so hard and he’s patient enough to get 4 or 5 yards at a time, knowing that the 60-yarders will come."
Burns had a knack for taking over at the right time, proving it in the regional playoffs with three second-half touchdowns to lift the Panthers past Saranac Lake, 20-12. Against James I. O’Neill in the semifinals, Burns showed his mettle again with four scores in the final 36 minutes of a 43-21 comeback win. In the title game, Burns rushed for 144 yards, including two long touchdowns to finish off a 13-0 perfect season.
"He is such a weapon, it’s hard to stop both him and Billy [Pine]," Jones said. "He’s a special player, leaving most teams saying, ‘If we can’t stop Burns, we’re in trouble.’"
- Adam Samrov