Braeden Bourke said it doesn’t seem so long ago when he was an eager freshman at Christian Brothers High School, navigating his way around campus and the football field.
He’s now a confident and composed 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior quarterback for the surging Falcons, a 3.9 GPA student with thoughts of majoring in engineering in college.
Bourke’s 171 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 58 rushing yards and a score keyed a 27-7 victory over El Camino last Friday, earning him Bee Prep Football Player of the Week honors through fan voting on sacbee.com.
The victory kept the Falcons (7-1, 3-0) in contention for the Capital Athletic League championship, something Bourke and his friends anticipated since their freshman season.
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“The four years have gone by so fast,” Bourke said. “I definitely like the pressure of being a quarterback. It all falls on you, and it’s a position I like being in, helping lead a team.”
Bourke said he has learned “a ton” from CBS coach Dan Carmazzi, who set school passing records in the early 1970s.
“The knowledge he has, being a student of the game under him, it’s really a blessing,” said Bourke, who this season has passed for 1,468 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for three more. “He knows so much. It’s been fun.”