LAKEVIEW — Montabella senior Logan Burns has been working to get ready for the Mustangs’ season opener next week against Saugatuck.
Just not right away.
“I haven’t been doing as much as I should have been,” Burns said. “I’ve been working to finish my senior project so that I can pass high school.”
However, he has been part of the team activities that coach David Clay has organized over the summer.
“I’ve been through the summer workouts that have been hosted, we lift weights, run plays and get everything solid to prepare for the season,” he said.
So far, Burns likes the Mustangs despite the youth of the team this year.
“I like how we’re looking,” he said. “We’re young but we’re going to do pretty well this year. The team is clicking. It’s going to take time to click because there isn’t as much experience.”
Burns is looking to be the leader that Clay looks for from seniors.
“I have to keep my cool, lead by example,” he said. “If we have a good run, I have to congratulate the linemen because they’re the ones that got me those yards. Stay positive, definitely. You have to pick up the teammates because we’re small. They’re going to need some support.”
Burns believes the team can return to the playoffs like they did last season.
“I definitely think we’re going to make the playoffs. I’m almost positive we’ll make the playoffs,” he said. “It would surprise me if we don’t. From there it’s a toss-up. We have to come and play every week. It’s not just ‘show up and win.’ We don’t have any guaranteed games after nine games. We have to come and play.”
Burns wants to play the entire game — or as much as he can.
“I want to play more than seven-eighths of the football game this year,” he said. “I don’t want to sit out. It’s my senior year. I want to have more rushing yards than my halfback partner like I did last year. I really want to have this team remember me as a good, positive person that helped them through everything, and not hit hard, then go back into his own little box.”