Athlete of the Week: Jakeba Burleigh

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Athlete of the Week: Jakeba Burleigh

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The football Terriers continue their hot start last Friday night, improving to 4-0 on the season with a win over Centralia.

The team is led by senior quarterback, Jakeba Burleigh. Jakeba was recently in the running for the “Banterra Bank Player of the Week”, a weekly vote for the best football player in Southern Illinois. He was recognized for his stellar game against Murphysboro, winning in dominant fashion. 

Success is an understatement for Burleigh who had over 800 total yards and 9 touchdowns in the first three games. Jakeba has been a huge factor in the team’s first 3-0 start since 2013, being the leading scorer in all three contests. 

Burleigh claims that their winnings come from within the team. “I’ve been on varsity since my sophomore year and we have good chemistry, making sure we’re all on the same page and everybody is focused is important,” says Burleigh. 

Jakeba and the Terriers hope to continue to sustain their success against Cahokia.