Kelly Walsh’s Cameron Burkett puts up prodigious performance against Laramie
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Kelly Walsh Running Back Cameron Burkett was the only returning All-State player to this year’s Trojan squad, and he made a campaign statement for another All-State nod on Friday against Laramie.
Burkett finished the game against the Plainsmen with 362 all-purpose yards with 277 of those coming on the ground. Both of those numbers are the highest marks for any 4A player in a single game this season.
He also rushed for three touchdowns including scoring runs of 62 and 69 yards.
It was the first touchdown run near the end of the first half that pulled Kelly Walsh within a touchdown that Kelly Walsh Head Coach Aaron Makelky said showed off Burkett’s competitiveness.
“He had this mentality of, ‘All right get on my back, and I got you guys.’ and he was just running, punishing guys and bouncing runs that he should have gone 3 or 4 yards, and he’s getting 7-8-10-12,” said Makelky. “He capped that drive with a triple stiff-arm performance that was pretty special.”
On the season, Burkett has amassed 540 rushing yards, which leads all players in 4A, and 813 all-purpose yards, which is the highest total for any non-quarterback at 4A. Those numbers have been accumulated in only four games after missing a road game against Rock Springs due to injury.
Makelky said that what makes Burkett so unique is his diverse skillset.
“He’s the big long-haired guy, but he’s the fast runner, and he’s the power guy, but he’s got probably the best hands on the team.”
“People assume he’s the big man on campus, and yet he struts in on Monday and high-fives everybody,” said Makelky. “He is quiet. He’s humble. He doesn’t like the spotlight even though he gets it deservedly so for his performances.”
Thunder Basin is next up to try and slow down Burkett and the Trojans.
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