September 12, 2018 09:34 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Stewartville Tigers ran away with a huge win last week over the Lake City Tigers—but on the gridiron, nobody ran away more than their sophomore running back, Josh Buri.
“Josh is one of those kids where not only he’s one of the more talented kids on our roster, he’s also one of the most hard-working,” Stewartville head coach Garrett Mueller said. “When you get a combination of the hard work and the talent that Josh has, you see a lot of performances like he did on Friday night.”
“It was a fun game to be a part of. Guys really came out and played at a high level. He was fortunate to have the ball in his hands when the other 10 guys were doing their jobs.”
Buri had a field day on Friday, but he didn’t shy away from getting hit.
“If there’s contact, I’ll take it, but if there’s open field, I like that even better,” Buri said.
Buri dreams of playing Division I football someday (he said he’d like to play for Nick Saban at the University of Alabama in college).
Over the summer, he attended a “Blue/Gray” combine in Philadelphia. Among the high school football players there, Buri was the only sophomore and he advanced as far as super regionals at the combine.
“It was really nerve-wracking at first,” Buri recalled. “I learned a lot. It was really intimidating seeing some of the big guys there, but it was really fun and it was great competition.”
With the way Buri performed on Friday night, he probably drew some eyes.
“Our whole offense did an amazing job blocking downfield, wide receivers especially,” Buri said. “I’m very proud of that. (Also) I wouldn’t go anywhere without my offensive line.”
In Stewartville’s 56-7 win over Lake City, Buri rushed for 170 yards and scored five touchdowns—a performance which you may see out of an experienced high school football player.
“He has a really high football IQ,” Mueller said. “He has a really good feel for the game in terms of as a running back and feeling where the hole is going to be and what he’s going to do on the field.”
With so much football still in front of Buri, the sky is the limit for the sophomore offensive back and outside linebacker.
“Football is really all I work for,” Buri said. “I love the sport, I love my teammates. These guys, I wouldn’t be having this interview right now if it wasn’t for them.”
Buri and the Tigers return to the field on Friday against the P-E-M Bulldogs in a rematch of the 2017 Section 1AAA quarterfinals (the Bulldogs upset the higher-seeded Tigers in that game, 28-22).
Created: September 12, 2018 09:34 PM
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