Amonse Burwell battled through injuries and adversity in his junior football season, but through hard work and determination Burwell excelled in his senior football season and was rewarded with an offer to play college football at Ferrum College.

Burwell, who struggled with injuries throughout his junior season — only competing in one game — knew he had only one shot at playing college football.

After the injury ridden junior season, Burwell went through therapy to help heal and then focused on his senior football campaign.

“It helped out a lot because it brought that aggression to me in the weight room and also on the field,” Burwell said. “Everything I wanted I had to go get in one year.”

Halifax football head coach Grayson Throckmorton also saw that aggression in the offseason.

“He really blossomed his senior year, a lot of it coming in the offseason coming to the weight room, being there as a program player,” Throckmorton said. “He did a good job preparing himself and then had a fantastic senior year.”

Burwell basically had one season to prove himself to college scouts. With no tape to show from his junior year, Burwell went out and created a senior season to remember. He was named to the All Piedmont District first team for defense and to the second team All Region for defense for Region 4D. Burwell also was named the Halifax Insurance Agency special teams player of the year.

Always around a “football family,” he starting to play around age 8. He played basketball in the offseason to help stay in shape.

Burwell also spent a lot of time working out to prepare for college.

“I used to live at the YMCA,” he said. But since the gyms have closed, Burwell has found other ways to prepare. Every day he wakes up and does 100 push ups and 50 sit ups, then later in the day he does 100 more push ups and 50 more sit ups. He has been doing the daily 200 push-ups and 100 sit-ups routine since the gym closed.

There is no slowing down the grind that Burwell started after his injury riddled junior season.

He played a critical role for the Blue Comets last season.

“It was really nice to know that you had someone out there that could cover the pass plus kind of set the edge on the run game if the ball came his way you knew you had someone out there who wasn’t afraid to come up and put the pads on them,” Throckmorton said. “He was really an outstanding player in that regard.

“I was just happy as I could be for him, and I really hate to see him go. Not only did he play well at corner for us, but he was an integral part of our return team and overall just a tough player and that is what you really like to have on your team, downright tough guys,” Throckmorton added.

Burwell thanks those in his life who have been instrumental in his development not only as a player, but also as a person.

“First I want to thank God, because God is the person that got me to where I am at today. Second of all, I just want to thank my family for getting me to practice when I didn’t have a ride, and I just want to thank them for coming to all of my games and supporting me,” he said. Burwell also thanked all of his coaches that helped build him into the football player that he is today.

He continues to stay in contact with his college coaches from Ferrum, and right now the plan is still on for everything to start on time. He is supposed to head to Ferrum in the early summer to begin freshman camp and orientation. Until then, he continues to work out and prepare for football at the next level.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV