December 3, 2011

Burrows gets state title

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After a few years of playoff disappointment, the Trotwood-Madison Rams got over the hump on Friday night as they defeated Avon in the Ohio Division II State Championship Game. For junior defensive back Cameron Burrows, the state title is the completion of a long and difficult process that started nearly a year ago. Completing that process with an undefeated record was just the cherry on top.

"I feel great right now," said Burrows. "We knew that was what it was going to take for us to win a state title, 15-0. Coach Doug (Mo Douglass) said it last year before we even started lifting. He said, 'we're going to go 15-0' and we believed it."

Trotwood got off to a fast start last year, leading 26-7 in the first half before ultimately losing the game. The same scenario was in play on Friday with the Rams holding a 35-14 lead in the third quarter, before seeing that lead dwindle to 35-28. Burrows and company learned from last year to not panic in those types of situations.

"I wasn't worried at all," he said. "I believed in my coaching staff and my players and I trusted everybody."

Getting to the finals last year was a major learning experience for the program and all of the players involved. Burrows said the biggest thing he learned was to play for all 48 minutes.

"I learned to never give up," he said. "I learned to never cut a team short and think that you've got it made and to just play every minute and every second."

Burrows had shut his recruitment down during the playoff run, declining to do interviews to focus on getting a state championship. With that mission now accomplished, he can now talk about the latest recruiting news, the biggest of which is the hire of Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

"It was a good transition having Urban Meyer come up," Burrows explained. "I haven't talked to him but I've talked to Taver Johnson this week and he told me that he wanted me to know that he's still on board."

During his period of silence, Burrows also took in the Alabama/LSU game and said it was right up there with the other big games he took in during the fall.

"It was great," he said. "Every game I've been to there has been a lot of people and a lot of noise so it's all been great atmospheres."


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