Burchfield shines in trhilling victory

Name: Braeden Burchfield

School: Altoona

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Burchfield was 23-for-33 passing for 370 yards and five TDs, intercepted a pass, and also ran for 83 yards and a score in the Mountain Lions’ 48-47 win over Hempfield

Season update: Burchfield has competed 122 of 232 passes this season for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns while being intercepted five times. Altoona is 2-5.

Coach Nick Felus’ quote: “He’s done an outstanding job of being a true team leader for us. He’s embraced the position. He has a lot of freedom in the offense, and he’s made good decisions. He’s a warrior. He plays 100 percent.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Anslinger

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Dazed and Confused”

Favorite food: Barbequed chicken pizza

Favorite song: “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

Outside interests: Poker with friends, baseball

Favorite pro team: Pitts-burgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Ben Roethlisberger

Best athlete I ever competed against: Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s C.J. Thorpe

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Mark

Proudest athletic achievement: “As a sophomore, I pitched in the Curve Classic. I came in for Andrew Gressler and ended up winning the game.”

How I got my start in football: “I started when I was in second grade in the YMCA flag football. I was watching football since I was in preschool. A lot of my friends were going out and I thought ‘Why not?’ I was a running back, and I loved it.”

Future goal: “To get accepted into the college of my choice, which would be Penn State.”