Warren defeated Batesville Southside 42-26 at North Little Rock on Saturday. Warren is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A with Fearless Friday.
Warren’s five-star wide receiver Treylon Burks had a big day, but not as one might expect. He only caught one pass while targeted just twice. However, Burks had a huge impact on the game at defensive back. Unofficially, Burks finished the game with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, one pass breakup, a forced fumble and then recovered one.
With the heat bearing down on the field it made it almost impossible for Burks and others to play both ways the entire game. Burks was doubled-teamed at wide receiver much of the game. The Lumberjacks only led 21-13 with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter, but then pulled away.
“We came out and had some difficulties early,” Burks said. “We had penalties, ball turnovers, but we kept our heads together and stuck it out at the end.”
Burks talked about his role at wide receiver on Saturday and how he played on defense. Was that the gameplan going in to concentrate more on defense?
“It just kinda happened,” Burks said. “I mean I just went over there and helped the defense if I couldn’t help the offense.”
The Lumberjacks lost the Class 4A state championship game to Arkadelphia 28-27 last season. How much does that one-point loss motivate and drive you guys for a chance to get back there and win this season?
“We’ve been waiting on that for eight months,” Burks said. “We’re here now and we’re gonna get it.”
How does this team compare to maybe last year’s squad?
“I mean we lost a couple of key linemen and key linebackers,” Burks said. “But we’ve got returning seniors so that is gonna be pretty good.”
What do your consider your strengths on the field as well as maybe what do you need to work on?
“Just going out there playing,” Burks said. “Catching the ball, throwing the ball and speed as well as tackling and kicking….everything.
“I need to get better at receiver. I can get the defenders thrown off of me and get wide open. Hopefully, Arkansas will get me ready for that.”
Burks was noticeably sick due to the heat on the Warren bench just before intermission. He’s committed to Arkansas. Did that take the pressure off and let you enjoy your senior year instead of having to deal with recruiting?
“Yes sir, now I get to be with my friends and family,” Burks said. “I don’t have too much pressure on me now that I’ve committed there. I think it’s gonna be a great place for me.”
While Warren is predicted to be among the best teams in Arkansas this season, Burks’ future team Arkansas isn’t getting as much respect in preseason. He talked about how he feels the Razorbacks will do.
“They will do pretty good,” Burks said.
He and defensive tackle Marcus Miller will go to Arkansas the Oct. 6 weekend for their official visits. That is when the Hogs host No. 1 Alabama. How good is it to have Miller also committed to the Razorbacks?
“I’m glad we’re going up there together,” Burks said. “I think it’s gonna be fun for the both of us.”
Arkansas under Chad Morris will run an offense similar to the one Bo Hembree runs at Warren. Burks is pleased with Arkansas’ new look on that side of the ball.
“I’m glad we’ve got somebody who wants to throw the football,” Burks said. “I think it’s gonna be good.”
What do you think about Morris, Joe Craddock and Justin Stepp as well as Barry Lunney Jr.?
“I think they’re great guys,” Burks said. “I think they’re gonna make a big impact on Arkansas Football.”
Warren will travel to Stuttgart on Friday, Sept. 7, with kickoff set at 7 p.m.