Faces in KS: Jake Burke

Jake Burke is looking for a big year for Chaparral. photo: Wheatland Photography, Don Holt
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Sep 12, 2018

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Jake Burke has been around football his entire life being the son of a coach. His father, Justin, is the head coach at Chaparral High School, this being his ninth year at the program. Chaparral serves the communities of Anthony and Harper. Burke has revamped the program and is 48-32 at the school and has 22 years of experience as a coach that also included a stint as the head coach of 6A Dodge City.

“I’ve been around football my whole life being the son of a coach. It’s cool, but different for me than others to play for a coach who’s also your father but it’s good. We are able to sit down, watch film and discuss the game plan and plays every night.” Burke said.

Not only is Jake a coach’s son, he is one of the top football players in 2A this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior shines at defensive back and quarterback for the Roadrunners. Burke has played both quarterback and running back for the Roadrunners on offense over the last couple of seasons, but really shined on the defense with 11 interceptions in his career.

Burke has been a four year starter at safety for Chaparral, where he has been a two-time Central Plains All-League defensive back as both a sophomore and junior. He’s also been an all-state honorable mention pick. Last year he was a unanimous pick as a defensive back in the CPL. He has 191 tackles in his career, while being a part of 33 touchdowns on offense through the air or on the ground.

Burke is off to a big senior campaign so far in his first two games of 2018. He has passed for 386 yards with six touchdowns while rushing for 202 with four more scores. He also has 19 tackles and has forced two fumbles on defense.

Burke, who features handheld 40-time of 4.52 seconds, has offers from Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southwestern at the next level and holds a 3.6 GPA. He plans to play college football at the net level where he plans to major in either accounting or engineering. Burke is also a state qualifier in the triple jump and was part of a third place 4x100 team at state two years ago in 3A.

The Roadrunners, who have played in one of the toughest 3A districts the last several seasons, are now in the new 2A classification after going 6-3 in last years 3A. They return seven on offense and seven on defense. This year’s team is off to a 2-0 start and are in a loaded six-team 2A district with Wichita Independent, Whitewater-Remington, Garden Plain, Conway Springs and Hutch Trinity. Four teams advance to the playoffs. We caught up with the senior standout below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas below.

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Q&A w/ Burke

How did you get involved in football?

I’m a coach’s son and have grow up around the game.

What are your goals this season?

Win districts with the ultimate goal of winning State.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Yes we do, with a great coaching staff and nine Seniors on offense and seven Seniors on defense.

What makes you such a force as a player?

The ability to make others around me better and fight through the tough situations.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

The schools excited on Friday nights. Chaparral flags are displayed all over both towns.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

We are a fun team to watch that makes explosive plays and we never give up.

Who are other key players on your team?

Jarrett Shelton, Quinton Pfaff, Jaden Eslinger, Isaac Helms, Ely Eslinger, Cauy Thomas, Gaven Seipel, Gage Berry, Hunter Turner, Bryce Cormack, Garrett Hamil, and Jacob Hamilton.

Favorite thing about football?

It’s physical, but also it’s one of the only sports that relies on every player working together and getting the job done.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that?

Basketball- Post/Guard

Track- 4 by 1, 4 by 4, Triple Jump

What is it like to play for your coach?

It’s different for me to play for my coach from most players because he’s also my father.  It’s  good. We are able to sit down, watch film and discuss the game plan and plays every night. 

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better and plans to get better this summer?

Our team was in the weight room and running throughout the summer trying to push ourselves to get better  and to  get in shape.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

Playing football at a college I can make a difference at while also getting  a great education.  I’m currently thinking majoring in Accounting or Engineering.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I enjoy watching sport, hanging out with friends, barbequing, and traveling. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Having a successful career and a family.

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

Strength and Conditioning. I’m a hard working student who will get done what is asked of me. My GPA is a  3.6.

Who is your role model?

I’ve always looked up to Tom Brady because he’s a winner. He’s always found a way to win even in the hardest situations.

Another role model I've had growing up is Kale Pick. He was the Quarterback at Dodge City where I grew up when I was younger. He went on to play football at KU. 

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

Kristy's Cafe

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

I’m probably one of the pickiest eating 200 pound kids you’ll find.