Off Night For Burney

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --- To slay the monster, you must go straight for the head. That was White Oak's game plan heading into their cross-town match-up with Southwest Onslow.

"They keyed on me," said Kendric Burney. "They took away a lot of stuff from me."

Although Southwest still came out with a 20-3 victory, the strategy slowed them down enough to give White Oak hope throughout the night.

Burney, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder who plays safety and quarterback in Southwest Onslow's Wing-T option offense, was held to eight yards and a touchdown on seven carries in the first half.

"It was a little frustrating," said Burney. "You know you aren't going to have a big game every week. I just had to keep on with my keys and when it's time to bust out, I'll bust out. In the second half, I opened up with a 50-yard run and that was a big key for me and also got my confidence back up."

With help from the 55-yard run, Burney ended the game with 77 yards on 12 carries and a three-yard touchdown run.

Burney was 0-for-3 passing, but added 22 yards to his all-purpose yard total from a kick return. On defense, Burney recorded six tackles including three solo, and intercepted a pass intended for fellow UNC commit, Deunta Williams.

"It's crazy [playing against him], because he's going to be my roommate next year," said Burney. "But, we couldn't have any friendships in the game. Both of us stuck each other kind of hard. It was a good experience going one-on-one with him."

In addition to keeping the Stallions' 16-game winning streak intact, the victory brings Southwest one step closer to claiming the imaginary Jacksonville City Championship, which was the only title to elude them last season.

"We have a little ‘City Championship' so this is a big rivalry game for us" said Burney. "Us and White Oak, we always have a big game – the winning margin is usually seven points or less. It was good for the team to play in a rivalry game and come out with a win."

Along with Williams, Burney, who committed to North Carolina back in May, will attend just about every Tar Heel home game where he plans to help out with UNC's recruiting efforts.

"I talk to Carolina every day," said Burney. "I talk to the coaches about what's coming up and how practice is going. Coming up this week Carolina is playing at home and I'm supposed to talk to a lot of [recruits]."

With Burney as the engine of their unstoppable offense, Southwest is 4-0 and looking to claim their third consecutive NCHSAA 2A Title in as many years. On the season Burney has stockpiled close to 400 yards rushing.

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