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October 28, 2013

Phoenix Player of the Week, honor roll and this week's schedule: For Warner RB – it was 3

Three in various forms was Clint Kite’s magic number Friday night and the 18-year-old Warner High senior and this week’s Phoenix Player of the Week admitted, though maybe in a tongue-in-cheek way, he’d given thought to using that luck in lottery or casinos this past weekend.

It sure worked on the football field – 33 carries, 333 yards and three TDs in a much-needed 36-14 win over fellow A-8 contender Fairland on Friday night. The yardage was a career-high for the halfback in all three categories running out of the wing T.

He also had 3-squared in tackles – with one being a sack, as a safety.

Back on the offensive side, Warner coach Mike Burdge said it was a sight to see.

“He ran hard, broke tackles and was dragging kids with him,” the first-year Eagles coach said. “It was the hardest I’ve ever seen him run.”

Kite took that remark in stride.

“He’s said that every week,” said the son of Connors State women’s basketball coach Eddie Kite. “So I guess you could say every week I’m getting better and better.”

So goes his team, which with a core of graduation losses from an 11-1 A-8 champion in 2012 has climbed back into title contention in 2013 at 5-3, 3-1 in league play. Burdge says there’s probably a mold from being a coaches’ son that’s helped Kite dig deep for improvement and be a leader on the field. Eddie Kite also played football as a high school wide receiver at Brownsboro, Texas.

“It stands to reason he’s going to have some sports savvy because his dad is a coach,” Burdge said of the younger Kite. “He’s a smart kid who sees things on the field he can take advantage of.”

That opportunity came often Friday in running the power sweep out of a double tight end formation.

“(Fairland) was bringing the strong safety over to the tight end-wing side, our guards pulled and the line did a good job of blocking it down,” Burdge said.

Kite says his improvement has come in part from a willingness to listen. On the year he’s carried the ball 122 times for 704 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 13 passes for 141 yards.

“My dad’s always taught me to be a coachable player and that would get you further in life, you know, being able to do what people in higher authority tell you to do,” Kite said.

The win over Fairland (4-3, 3-2) put the Eagles in a spot to rebound from a loss two weeks ago to Summit Christian (8-0, 5-0). By beating Afton (7-1, 4-0) on Friday, Warner would put itself in position to jump into a three-way tie for the lead and with a points tiebreaker possibly deciding whether they repeat as district champs, should Afton knock off Summit Christian in week 10. Either way, Friday’s win and Kite’s performance has the Eagles looking toward the postseason.

“Being as young as we are and being able to pull together as the year has progressed shows how much we’ve grown. And if that continues, well, I think we’ll see good things happen,” Kite said.

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