PLANO, Texas, Sept. 19, 2018 – Six Texas high school football stars have been recognized in the third week of the 2018 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program.
In its thirteenth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company’s Player of the Week program is again honoring six outstanding student-athletes each week of the 2018 regular season, recognizing one player in each of the state’s six athletic classifications. The winners are chosen for athletic achievements on the field, as well as for outstanding scholarship and community involvement. These players are the embodiment of Ford’s Go Further commitment.
One of the athletes recognized this week is Stanton High School Sophomore and quarterback, Landon Burkhart for last week’s game against Forsan.
Prior to playing for Stanton, Landon Burkhart played at Richland Springs, a six-man team. In only his third game on an eleven-man team, Landon ran the ball 16 times for 330 yards, an average of 20.6 yards per carry. 267 of those yards came in the second half on only 9 carries, including touchdown runs of 72, 51, and 65 yards. Landon also threw for another 89 yards, one touchdown, and a 2-point conversion. Landon had multiple first down conversions on 3rd and long and 4th down. Landon’s father, Jerry Burkhart, is the Head Coach.
According to Coach Cody Hogan, “Landon played with a fever and sore throat and helped the Buffaloes get 35-21 win. He also helped his father, Jerry Burkhart (a six-man coaching legend) earn his first win in 11-man football.”
In addition to football, Landon is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Basketball, Track, and Church youth group. He also made 2nd team all-state newcomer of the year in 6-man as a freshman, and is an honor rolls student.
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