A championship season for Burke football

Teams on the opposing sidelines take note of Burke's consistent success


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By Josh Lashley

— In the Burke Catholic High School football program this year, the Eagles have learned positive lessons consistently, whether during practices or the games themselves.

This certainly bodes well for the Eagles, who have tallied an overall record of 8-1. Teams standing on the opposing sidelines have taken note.

On Nov. 4, the Eagles earned the Section 9 Class C title with a 40-12 victory over Chester. Burke Catholic also won the Class C Division 2 championship with a 3-0 record.

“I feel that there are things our team was able to take away from each game we played this year,” said Burke Catholic head coach Aaron Hasbrouck. “The first four games of our season were instrumental in setting the tone for our success. We opened up with a loss to the defending Class B champion New Paltz, who has a great coaching staff and great players, including the Section 9 Player of the Year in quarterback Jimmy Verney. This game was tremendous in helping us identify things we needed to improve on right out of the gate.

“Our next three games were against Millbrook who we played in the Section finals last year and are extremely tough, and then two Section 1 powerhouses in Dobbs Ferry and Woodlands. These games played a huge part in us having the success we have had this year.”

The high-level success achieved by the Eagles this fall didn't come easy. They’ve definitely benefitted from the outstanding guidance of veteran student-athletes on the roster.

“There are many athletes who emerged as leaders this year,” Hasbrouck said. “Some of the top guys are quarterback Heath Hoovler, who has broken almost every school record for a quarterback. Running back David Ross has rushed for over 1,000 yards and linebacker/ running back Mark Przybocki has had an outstanding season as well. These three guys have been the tone setters for us all year.

“Michael Elliot who is a junior outside linebacker has been a player who has shown continual improvement. In week one he was not a starter and he won Defensive Player of the Game in the semifinal playoff matchup versus Pine Plains. He has shown improvement each week and is turning into a very nice player.”

Look for the momentum built at Burke Catholic to continue in 2018 and beyond.

“We do have a lot of optimism next year because we return many starters on defense and almost all of our skill positions on offense,” Hasbrouck said. “At Burke we feel it’s never a rebuilding year but rather a year to continue the success of the previous year.”

“There are things our team was able to take away from each game we played this year. The first four games of our season were instrumental in setting the tone for our success."
Head Coach Aaron Hasbrouck


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