Awesome anchor of the line: Evart's Alex Burhans caps off stellar football career

Wildcat senior was tough on the line

Alex Burhans

Alex

Burhans

John Raffel

EVART — Alex Burhans has just completed what will go down in Evart football history as one of the best performances from a lineman.

Burhans was a huge force as a lineman for the Wildcats, who recently ended their season at 10-2 and as district champions.

It was his second year in varsity football. Last year, he played nose guard and offensive tackle and the same spots this season.

“I’ve improved a lot,” Burhans said. “I’ve been consistent and have been making better plays.”

Burhans has been praised by coach Pat Craven as having some excellent games against various teams. His size comes in handy.

“I can really shut up the hole,” he said.

Defense is Burhan’s favorite side of scrimmage. He simply enjoys hitting opposing players.

A win against Highland Conference power Lake City may have been among Evart’s best games this season.

“Our running game was really strong and our line is really good,” Burhans said. “We have a lot of strong players.”

Burhans also wrestles and plays baseball. His favorites are between football and wrestling, two sports which obviously complement each other.

The key for going three rounds into the playoffs was “winning our battles and sticking to our plays,” Burhans said.

Burhans was on the Michigan High School Football Coaches' Association's All-Region Defensive Line and was the Highland Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and first team all-conference.

"Alex has dominated his opponents this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball," coach Pat Craven said. "For being a two-way player, the impact he has had on our defense is immeasurable.  He has 44 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and many, many more pressures."

THE ALEX BURHANS FILE

Favorite athlete: Aaron Donald

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite subject in school: Physical education

Favorite movie: Rambo

Favorite musical group: All of them

Favorite activity outside of sports: Lifting