Senior thrives under the lights

Whether he’s on the gridiron or hardwood, Brownstown Central senior Cameron Eggersman eats up the energy of the crowd during games.

The defensive lineman turned middle linebacker loves the roar in the stands, and feeds off it during play.

“I think I’m going to miss playing under the lights the most with the crowd cheering us on,” Eggersman said. “Everyone gets pumped up and it’s a great feeling to have.”

This season, Eggersman leads the Braves with 26 total tackles (seven solo) and has two fumble recoveries, a pair of sacks and an interception.

At first, Eggersman said he was nervous switching over to linebacker. Now, he thrives in the role.

“Being a linebacker, you have more reads and keys that you need to work on and get down going into Friday night,” Eggersman said. “Last year, as a defensive lineman, I didn’t have near as many reads. You have to fly around and be able to make some plays.

“I’m not the fastest middle linebacker anyone has ever seen. Hopefully my strength makes up for it. I try to be aggressive and not ever quit. I take pride in not ever quitting on a play.”

If a runner gets past the interior line or receiver gets open in the middle of the field, Eggersman’s there to make the play.

“The D-line need to do their job by filling their gaps, but it’s up to us to make the play after that,” Eggersman said. “We just need to make sure we do our jobs and make the play.”

Eggersman said that he started playing football in the 56ers program in fifth grade.

“I like flying around and hitting people,” Eggersman admitted. “I like putting in the work. It’s rewarding seeing the work pay off on Friday nights.”

The senior started playing basketball in the third grade. He said a major reason he has continued playing is because of the friendships maintained through the years.

While he doesn’t expect to light-up the scoreboard, Eggersman hopes to serve as a defensive stalwart this winter.

“Mainly, I want to play some quality defense,” Eggersman said. “I won’t be a leading scorer or anything. I want to put some good minutes on the defensive end and get some quality rebounds.”

When he isn’t involved in athletics, Eggersman is showing cattle or working on the family farm between Brownstown and Seymour.

“If I’m not playing sports, I like to be outside,” Eggersman said. “I have a big interest in showing cattle and working on the farm with my dad. I’m going to be a 10-year (4-H) member this year. We go to state and national shows on top of county fairs. I mostly show Simmental cattle.”

At a glance

Name: Cameron Eggersman

School: Brownstown Central

Parents: David and Rhonda Eggersman

Siblings: Jordan and Evan Eggersman

Sports: Football 4 years, basketball 4 years

Athletic highlights: football sectional championship 2015

Organizations: 4-H, FFA, AJSA (American Junior Simmental Association), National Honor Society.

Plans after high school: Attend Lake Land College (Mattoon, Illinois) and study Ag Education

Favorite food: T-bone steaks

Favorite TV show: Pigman: The Series

Favorite musician: Eric Church

Favorite movie: 8 Seconds

Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts

Catch the Braves

What: North Harrison (3-1) at Brownstown Central (4-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Radio: 96.3-WJAA

Where: Blevins Memorial Stadium

Last outing: Brownstown Central def. Salem 49-12, Charlestown def. North Harrison 48-14.

Most recent meeting: North Harrison won 38-30 on Sept. 18, 2015.

Series past 30 years: Brownstown Central 24-5.

Coaches' awards

The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 49-12 win over Salem.

Earning honors are Kyle Kramer and Gavin Bane, Offensive Back MVP; Trevor Colby, Offensive Line MVP; Lendon Underwood, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Devin Stuckwisch, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Derek Rieckers, Special Teams MVP; Derek Thompson, Scout Team MVP; Colby, Underwood, black jersey winners.

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