By Evan Grice
Throughout the entire season, Piedmont senior running back Darrius Burris has stepped up his game when called upon on the field.
Last week against No. 4 Clinton, Burris took it to another level when he ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-19 upset of the defending state champions.
His performance hasn’t gone unnoticed by the public either, as Burris was voted The Daily Oklahoman Fans Choice All-City Player of the Week, which was made official Wednesday morning.
“It’s a very humbling experience first and foremost,” Burris said about being voted player of the week. “To know that people are finally taking notice of your hard work on the field is something I’m very proud of.”
“I do have to say though that none of this would be possible without the help of my teammates and my offensive line. Those guys keep me going and help make me a great player on the field.”
Burris claimed 44.64% of the vote, which translated to 312 votes overall. Edmond Memorial’s Warren Wand came in second place with just over 16% of the vote, giving him 118 votes overall.
Burris’ 224 yards were a season-high for the Wildcat running back, who has eclipsed the 100 yard more than three times this season in games.
Adding to the success has been the fact that Burris’ recent offensive outburst has helped Piedmont to its first three-game winning streak under third-year head coach Craig Church, as PHS currently sports a 4-3 overall record to go with a 3-1 record in district play.
The previous week against Elk City on the road, Burris ran wild in the second quarter against the Elks, when he accounted for 151 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-0 shutout at Big Elk Stadium.
Kyle Hokett from Lexington came in third place, with Shawnee’s John Jacobs finishing in fourth place in the voting.
John Kolar from Norman North and Dunya Rice from Southmoore rounded out the rest of the finishers in fifth and sixth place respectively.
“I’d like to thank all the fans that voted for me to receive this award,” Burris said. “Those are some big names from good schools on the list with me. This is quite the honor and only makes me want to play even better the rest of the season.”
Burris will get his next chance to improve when he and his Wildcat teammates take to the field against the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors this Friday night for Senior Night from Stout Field.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Piedmont will then finish the regular season with away games at Elgin before the regular season finale against Weatherford.