Junior cornerback Pat Burgess, the CiCi’s Pizza Batesburg-Leesville Player of the Week, came up huge with two game-affecting plays in last week’s 20-17 win over Barnwell in the 2A Lower State championship.
The speedy 5-9, 165-pound Burgess prevented a sure touchdown with the Panthers already trailing 14-6 in the first quarter, running down a War Horse kickoff returner who looked to have a clear path to the end zone. The Panthers wound up keeping Barnwell off the scoreboard on that possession, preventing the War Horses from extending their lead to two touchdowns for the second time in the first quarter.
Then, Burgess knocked down a Barnwell pass on their final drive of the game, preserving the Panthers’ 20-17 lead and ensuring B-L a trip to this evening’s state championship game at Benedict College.
Great job, Pat!