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Varsity Football Looks to Freshman Talent to Be Competitive in 6A

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Max Dearinger, 9, plays on the field in the Sept. 21 game against Dallas Skyline.

As the varsity football team fell to 2-7 after losing to Cedar Hill, the team eliminated their chance to go to the playoffs adding to the four-year drought. One factor many people don’t often think about, the player’s training starts freshman year and they hone in their craft until they are good enough to move up. Though this year’s varsity has no potential to go to playoffs, next year’s promotions could be the answer.

“I’m expecting there to be really good competition, which is what we need,” Head JV Coach  Detrion Taylor said. “That is what makes teams good, competition brings out the best.”

Coach Derek Brewer is a first-year freshman football head coach and he looks for specific things to promote kids to Friday night lights.

“Talent is only going to take you so far but work ethic will take you farther than talent will, ever,” Coach Brewer said. “Work ethic sets specific kids apart.”

Although being stellar in football is a good quality to have, the student-athletes will always face challenges.

You see someone’s true character when things are not going their way. When we put pressure on them we see what they’re truly made of whether it’s on the field or the weight room, and that’s how we decide when to promote them.

— Coach Derek Brewer

“You see someone’s true character when things are not going their way,” Coach Brewer said. “When we put pressure on them we see what they’re truly made of whether it’s on the field or the weight room, and that’s how we decide when to promote them.”

Some students set themselves apart from their peers because of their commitment to the game and not their talent.

“We have some players we are looking forward to seeing mature including Antonio Mathis, a defensive back, Jake Jenkins at the quarterback position, Gatlin Gerhard playing defensive end, and Aeyobamigbe Odunsi blocking the quarterback on the offensive line,” Coach Taylor said.

They don’t set themself apart from their pure talent on the football field, but it’s the mentality.

“What sets them apart is their commitment to the program,” Coach Taylor said. “They’re proud to be Broncos, they want Bronco football to be good and competitive.”

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