Burgin steers Scots into region final

Brooks Burgin has accounted for 3,110 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air, with another 665 yards and 18 scores on the ground, in leading Highland Park into the fourth round of the Texas Class 4A-I playoffs, meeting Wylie next week in the Region 2 final. Surprisingly, he reports he is not hearing from any programs. But that should soon change.

Since falling to (still unbeaten) Aledo, 44-3, in week one of the football season, Burgin and Highland Park have gone on a 12-0 terror, routing their opponents by an average win margin of 31.3 and securing its 53rd playoff berth, the most not only in Class 4A but the state, leading Amarillo and its 50 appearances.

Per Highland Park Head Coach Randy Allen, Rice, Texas State, UTSA, UTEP and Tulsa have all taken notice of this run and the impact his 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior has had on it.

Burgin, no stranger to Highland Park's offense, has firmly planted himself in the driver's seat this season, two years after big brother Brady Burgin led Highland Park to a 12-1 record and a trip to the third round of the playoffs.

The run game is the biggest difference between the two brothers.

"He's quick, he's athletic, and above all, he's smart. He's instinctful," Allen said of Brooks. "He looks to run when he doesn't have things open."

We caught up with Burgin following last week's area-round win over Dallas Kimball at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium:

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