Heading into his senior year at Brownstown Central, Grant Reedy decided it was the right time to go back to the gridiron.
Reedy played football in third and fourth grade at Cortland Elementary School before transferring to Brownstown, where he played in the seventh grade.
“It’s my senior year, and I have nothing to lose,” Reedy said. “All my friends play. Coach Reed May finally talked me into playing this year.”
“I did a lot of studying this summer. I really had to dedicate myself to playing football.”
Despite having no high school football experience, Reedy worked his way into the Braves’ offense as a starting wide receiver.
At 6-foot-4, Reedy relies on his height to create separation from the defense.
“It’s definitely an advantage being taller,” he said. “People key in on you more often.”
Reedy also has rotated in as a corner for the Braves.
“I always have to pay attention to the defensive back keys,” Reedy said. “It’s a lot harder to play there. You really have to analyze the scouting report.”
The senior said he spends most of the time on offense, and he prefers that.
“I like helping put up points on the scoreboard,” Reedy said. “That’s what people really want to see. We have to credit the defense for letting us get the ball, though.”
This season, Reedy has six catches for 80 yards and is averaging 13.3 yards per reception.
Reedy will play as one of the Braves’ big men on the basketball team in the winter.
With a handful of seniors on the roster, he is confident the Braves will have a a successful season.
“We’re returning a lot of people to the roster,” Reedy said. “We only lost one senior for basketball from last year. We’ve played together since the sixth grade.
“(Dave Benter) is a great coach, I love playing for him. We have a great group of guys playing together, and he keeps it that way.”
Reedy said he is considering joining the track and field team, where he would compete in the high jump.
Following graduation, Reedy plans to attend University of Indianapolis to study athletic training and physical therapy.
Parents: Greg and Alicia Reedy
Sports: Basketball, four years; football, one year
Organizations: National Honor Society, Booster Club, Letterman’s Club
Plans after high school: Attend University of Indianapolis and study athletics training/physical therapy
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite TV show: “Tosh.0”
Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”
Favorite team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Q: What’s the goal for the rest of the football season?
A: “We haven’t won a sectional in two years. We need to put another trophy in the trophy case.”
Q: Why are you interested in studying athletic training and physical therapy?
A: “I just don’t want to leave sports. I want to keep being around athletics. The athletic training program is pretty hard. I’m going to be spending a lot of time with the football team.”
Q: What’s something that you think would surprise most people about it?
A: “I’m a really quiet guy. It takes me a little while to warm up to people. After that, I’m not very quiet.”