Team player: 2-sport athlete focuses on interests

If he isn’t keying-in on reads as a safety or trying to get open for a pass, Andrew Murphy is out hunting or riding an ATV on his family’s property in Dudleytown.

The Brownstown Central senior loves the outdoors so much that he wants to study fire science at Vincennes University after high school.

“My dad is a police officer, and he used to work with fire,” Murphy said. “I’m just stepping in his shoes. It seems interesting to me.”

While Murphy plays on both sides of the ball, he would rather stop the opposition than score.

“I really like defense because I’ve played more on that side of the ball in the past,” Murphy said. “In middle school, I didn’t play much offense. I mainly focused on the defensive side.

“We have our reads each week. If one guy moves a certain way we read a certain main. Hopefully after that, we can make a play on the ball. I really like having the responsibility.”

On the gridiron, Murphy sees a play develop before it starts.

“I feel like I’ve become much more alert — especially with reading my man,” Murphy said. “I really worked hard in the off season and payed attention during our defensive back reads.”

Murphy started playing football in the fifth grade and said that he continued because he got to play with his friends.

This winter, Murphy enters his fourth year with the basketball program.

The senior started playing on the hardwood in first grade with his buddies.

“I went to (St. John) Sauers, and we all started playing when we were really young,” Murphy said. “We played in Enter his Courts and at the Boys & Girls Club. We all stuck with it and continue loving to play.”

Murphy will play as a point guard this upcoming season.

He said that he takes pride in his play-making ability.

“I can find open guys and drive to the open lane and kick,” Murphy said. “I’m not much of a scorer, but I can get other guys the ball. I try to get them the best shot possible.”

With a solid core of upperclassmen, Murphy expects lots of success on the basketball team.

“We have a lot of seniors, so our expectations should be pretty high,” he said. “Hopefully we can go far in the tournament and have a good season.”

Coaches' awards

The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 54-8 win over Eastern (Pekin).

Earning honors are Derek Rieckers, Offensive Back MVP; Julian Deaton, Offensive Line MVP; Cameron Eggersman, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Gavin Bane, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Tristan Robinson, Special Teams MVP; Jalen Tiemeyer, Scout Team MVP; Eggersman, black jersey winner.

At a glance

Name: Andrew Murphy

School: Brownstown Central High School

Parents: Charlie and Danielle Murphy

Sibling: Erin Murphy

Sports: Basketball 4 years, Football 4 years

Athletic highlights: winning sectionals in football last year

Organizations: Letterman’s Club, Booster Club

Plans after high school: attend Vincennes University and study fire science

Favorite food: cheese bread

Favorite TV show: South Park

Favorite singer/musician: Billy Currington

Favorite Movie: John Wick

Favorite team: Purdue Boilermakers

Catch the Braves

What: Brownstown Central  (3-0) at Salem (2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Radio: 96.3-WJAA

Where: Graves Field

Last outing: Brownstown Central def. Pekin 54-8, North Harrison def. Salem 39-21.

Most recent meeting: Brownstown Central won 43-18 on Oct. 23, 2015 (sectional).

Series past 30 years:  Brownstown Central 23-12

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7069.