Fairfield (Langdon, Kan.)It was Senior Night at
and boy, did senior Cannon Burns
and his Falcons put on a show.
The aptly-named 6-foot, 180-pound running back rushed for 565 yards and a Kansas state-tying record 11 touchdowns in a 91-44 win over Bucklin, in 8-Man football. His 11 touchdowns tied the 2009 state mark of Jake Kizzar of Chase and with his two 2-point conversions he broke the state mark for points in a game (70).
His rushing total missed the single-game mark of 611 by Kizzar and he surely would have broke it had the game not been stopped after 2.5 quarters for surpassing the state 45-point mercy rule.
His rushing total pushed him to a state-record 2,914 for the season, surpassing a 40-year-old record of Bryan Kindall, of Haviland. Burns finished the season with 276 carries (10.6 yards per carry) and 43 touchdowns and his 323.8 yards per game lead the nation among all team sizes and his overall rushing yards are best among 8-Man teams.
"He's much more than just a running back," noted assistant coach Luke Bauman.
In the win over Bucklin, Burns also caught five passes for 49 yards and during the season he completed 9 of 17 passes for 247 yards and four scores. He's also among the state leaders in kick return yardage (22 returns, 507 yards, 3 touchdowns) and his 312 points were just 34 short of the state record.
Wait. There's more. (Sounds like an infomercial).
Like players on most 8-Man teams, Burns plays both ways. He led the team in tackles (115), 11 for loss. He had two interceptions, six pass deflections, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Burns helped Fairfield (5-4) set some state 8-Man season records as well, including rushing yards per game (427.1), total yards per game (482.7), rushing touchdowns in a game (14) and scoring average (65.0). It should be noted that Chetopa currently averages 65.1 per game, but its season is not complete.
Check all records on the Kansas state record site