Despite fumbling for the first time all year, Burbee still finished the match with 20 carry for 108 yards and one touchdown. Junior bounced back from the turn of the third quarter and scored on a one-page run at the 5:15 fourth quarter mark. Junior kick Liam Shepherd pulled the Viking in one score by converting a 38 yard field goal with just over three minutes to play.
“I will be honest, my head fell after making that mistake, and I feel bad for the team and what I did,” said Burbee. “But all my teammates and family helped lift my head, and they said,‘ No matter what, I love you. Finish this, and do it for your seniors. ‘”
After the match, Burbee thanked her family for their support, and her father could not be more proud. Tim Burbee played in the 1985 Valparaiso runner-up team and acknowledged that his son was a soccer player who was far better than him.
Following Tommy Burbee’s unusual mistakes, Tim Burbee said he knew his son would make it up, and the 1 meter score that was fought hard in the fourth quarter proved that. Junior barely played at university last year, but proved to be an integral part of the last appearance of the first state program in 18 years.
“Now he is experiencing a great dance, I can only look forward to what he does in the future,” Tim Burbee said. “Tommy is determined and the most determined child I know. He gives it 100% every chance he has, and he gives all the credit to his team. Just being given the opportunity to be part of a family like this was all he could hope for. “