All-State running back Jerry Burton balances love for football, theater

Jerry Burton was the centerpiece of a Priceville offense that made the third football playoff appearance in school history in 2019, but his nerves on the field were nothing compared to the first time he performed on stage in a school musical.

“I remember the first show we did, we had people from our school there,” said Burton, a senior. “I walked out and all I heard was screaming.”

The All-State running back auditioned for his first musical his sophomore year— “Bye Bye Birdie”— after Priceville High’s production of “Oklahoma!” the year before grabbed his attention. He ended up earning the role of Hugo Peabody.