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The Saline Courier, Page 15 scene his entire life. stronger and a little faster than the guy next to him." fun off the gridiron is impor tant to him as well. the ball. I have two other guys behind me and I am senior, but this is a huge responsibility." With eyes on Burnett in the early going, the senior gunslinger has hefty goals in store. Looking back, Burnett said his biggest influences have been his coaches, espe- cially Coach Kirk Bock, the Hornets offensive coordina- tor. James said earlier this year that it is still a competi- tion and that the possibility of three quarterbacks being on the field at the same time is not out of the realm of possibility. When he is not work- ing. Burnett said he can be found in a duck hole or a deer stand when the seasons change and cold weather moves in. "Winning a fourth straight state title is the main goal," Burnett said. "He has been getting me ready all the way through, preparing for this year," Burnett said. Burnett said the confi- dence level is through the roof to start the season. He said preparing for a big duck hunt is similar to how he felt against Pulaski Academy two weeks ago, as far as nerves. 16 Sitting on the sidelines and watching and learning from Ledbetter the past two seasons has really helped Burnett grow into a starting quarterback, he said. "With our quarterback sit uation, we've got three guys in Carson Burnett, Gideon Motes and Tyler Pinney that are competing." James said. "No one has won the position yet. We practice everyone like a starter. They get the same amount of reps if they're on the first team or the second or third. Right now, we are just trying to get guys to understand their role and what they can bring to the team. "We have some of our ups and downs," he added. "Against Pulaski Academy (in a benefit game last week), we could have done a lot better, we just had some mistakes. But I am confident and I know our offensive line is confident because they are three-year starters. "We just really have to get on the same page with our wide receivers." "I took in a lot from him," he said. "After plays I would ask him why he made certain reads and he would explain it all to me. We would go out and throw together with receivers just to get better. Burnett compared it to the waiting game of hunting as he waits for the sun to come up and ducks to start flying. The anxiousness of bagging a mallard is similar to his want to get onto the field and succeed as the Hornets quarterback. Burnett's football career began the first year he was eligible in pee-wee football. "Competition is a good thing. I could go four or five deep at a lot of positions, but it's the ones that are going to play a little harder, a little "Most importantly, he was a mentor to me in get- ting me to this part of my career." Burnett and the Hornets will take the field against Benton when they play for another Salt Bowl title at War Memorial Stadium on Aug. 28. Kickoff is set for 7:30p.m. Born in Little Rock, Burnett has been around the central Arkansas football part of Burnett's life, having While football is a major SALT BOWL ACPCU PROUDLY SUPPORTS BALINE COUNTY ATHLETICS 2021 CALCOA COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Member Owned. Member Focused." WWW.ALCOACOMMUNITYFCU.ORG/501.315.5626 Friday, August 27, 2021 2021 Salt Bowl HEN The Saline Courier , Page 15 scene his entire life . stronger and a little faster than the guy next to him . " fun off the gridiron is impor tant to him as well . the ball . I have two other guys behind me and I am senior , but this is a huge responsibility . " With eyes on Burnett in the early going , the senior gunslinger has hefty goals in store . Looking back , Burnett said his biggest influences have been his coaches , espe cially Coach Kirk Bock , the Hornets offensive coordina tor . James said earlier this year that it is still a competi tion and that the possibility of three quarterbacks being on the field at the same time is not out of the realm of possibility . When he is not work ing . Burnett said he can be found in a duck hole or a deer stand when the seasons change and cold weather moves in . " Winning a fourth straight state title is the main goal , " Burnett said . " He has been getting me ready all the way through , preparing for this year , " Burnett said . Burnett said the confi dence level is through the roof to start the season . He said preparing for a big duck hunt is similar to how he felt against Pulaski Academy two weeks ago , as far as nerves . 16 Sitting on the sidelines and watching and learning from Ledbetter the past two seasons has really helped Burnett grow into a starting quarterback , he said . " With our quarterback sit uation , we've got three guys in Carson Burnett , Gideon Motes and Tyler Pinney that are competing . " James said . " No one has won the position yet . We practice everyone like a starter . They get the same amount of reps if they're on the first team or the second or third . Right now , we are just trying to get guys to understand their role and what they can bring to the team . " We have some of our ups and downs , " he added . " Against Pulaski Academy ( in a benefit game last week ) , we could have done a lot better , we just had some mistakes . But I am confident and I know our offensive line is confident because they are three - year starters . " We just really have to get on the same page with our wide receivers . " " I took in a lot from him , " he said . " After plays I would ask him why he made certain reads and he would explain it all to me . We would go out and throw together with receivers just to get better . Burnett compared it to the waiting game of hunting as he waits for the sun to come up and ducks to start flying . The anxiousness of bagging a mallard is similar to his want to get onto the field and succeed as the Hornets quarterback . Burnett's football career began the first year he was eligible in pee - wee football . " Competition is a good thing . I could go four or five deep at a lot of positions , but it's the ones that are going to play a little harder , a little " Most importantly , he was a mentor to me in get ting me to this part of my career . " Burnett and the Hornets will take the field against Benton when they play for another Salt Bowl title at War Memorial Stadium on Aug. 28. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m . Born in Little Rock , Burnett has been around the central Arkansas football part of Burnett's life , having While football is a major SALT BOWL ACPCU PROUDLY SUPPORTS BALINE COUNTY ATHLETICS 2021 CALCOA COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Member Owned . Member Focused . " WWW.ALCOACOMMUNITYFCU.ORG/501.315.5626 Friday , August 27 , 2021 2021 Salt Bowl HEN