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Serr sets Burke/South Central school record for rushing

Burke/South Central’s quarterback Turner Serr runs for a touchdown early in the second quarter against Lake Andes during Friday night’s football game in Lake Andes. Burke/South Central won the game 52-14. ( Sean Ryan/Republic)

BURKE — Everybody knew Turner Serr was having a good game, but nobody knew just how good.

The Burke/South Central senior running back ran for 356 yards on 26 carries — a Burke/South Central record — against Andes Central Friday night. The Cougars ended up winning the game 52-14 to improve to 2-1 on the season.

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“It was the day after when I saw it in The Daily Republic actually,” Serr said. “I had no idea I had that many yards.” Serr, a Burke native, said the offensive line was paving the way for him, allowing the team to move the ball down the field early on. “At first when we started making plays, we gained seven or eight yards a snap and I felt like the offense was running smoothly,” he said. “Our line blocked incredibly well. I just looked up and the hole was there, and I just fought for as many yards as I could.”

Serr, who had around 900 yards rushing last season, racked up 171 yards on 10 carries at the end of the opening quarter — a number even head coach Mike Sebern couldn’t fathom, saying, “I knew he had some big plays and big runs but I didn’t know he had that many.”

The previous Burke/South Central rushing record was in the 200s, according to Sebern.

“He beat it by quite a ways,” he said, adding Serr sees plays well from the back field. “He’s quick and when he sees a hole, he’s there when he needs to be.”

Serr is a four-year starter and has played several different positions on offense — including quarterback and several spots in the back field.

“He’s been a prominent player in our program and we’re going to have to do things differently because of what he’s been able to do so far this season,” Sebern said. “He’s just a great football player.”

In three games, Serr has 441 yards on the ground. Yet, he played in just six plays in the Cougars’ win over Marty. Serr also added 75 yards against Avon in Burke/South Central’s season opener.

“I don’t really think about how many yards I have,” Serr said. “It’s fun to know you have that record but it’s just football. You got out there to play another game to get a win for your team.”

Serr and the Cougars are back in action Friday when they play Gayville-Volin at 7 p.m. in Gayville.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.