Whether he’s rotating in as a defensive end or an offensive guard, Bryce Hughes always looks to make an impact on the field.
The Brownstown Central senior has no preference to what side of the ball he’s on, as long as he’s helping propel the team to a victory.
“Offensive guard really gives me an opportunity to pull outside,” Hughes said. “It lets me get out and hit some guys. On defense, it gives me more freedom. I can contain the quarterback in the pocket. I also get to tackle the fullback when he comes through.”
This year marks Hughes’ fourth year on the gridiron with the Braves.
He has totaled eight tackles on defense and aided the Braves to 3,198 offensive yards through 10 games on the season.
Hughes said he started playing flag football in the fourth grade at the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour.
There was no question whether Hughes would continue playing by the time he got to high school.
“I love the sport,” Hughes said. “I grew up watching football and love it. I just couldn’t wait to finally play it.”
Some of Hughes’ fondest memories thus far into his career are the sectional titles the Braves took in 2013 and 2015.
Not to mention the Mid-Southern Conference crowns in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
“The titles mean a lot,” Hughes said. “It was a great feeling riding the firetrucks in Brownstown. Last year’s sectional championship was special since we got the shutout against Southridge.”
In the spring, Hughes will compete in the throwing events on the track and field team.
It’s his third year of that sport in high school after taking a break between his eighth grade and sophomore year.
Hughes said he likes breaking down the throws to a science.
“There’s a lot of technical stuff to it,” he said. “I find it a challenge to work on those techniques. I spin with both shot and discus. It takes a lot of work to get it down.”
After high school, Hughes plans on joining the U.S. Air Force.
“I’ve always grown up with a feeling of a sense of duty for our country,” Hughes said. “I’ve wanted to serve. I have a couple of people in my family who are in the military.”
Name: Bryce Hughes
School: Brownstown Central High School
Parents: Christina and Oran Hughes
Siblings: Edward, Emily and Bailey Hughes
Sports: Football, four years; track and field, three years
Athletic highlights: In football, sectional champions 2013 and 2015 and Mid-Southern Conference champions 2013, 2014 and 2016
Plans after high school: Join the U.S. Air Force
Favorite food: Taco rice
Favorite TV show: “Family Guy”
Favorite band: Nickelback
Favorite movie: “Braveheart”
Favorite athlete: Robert Mathis
The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 62-0 win over Brown County.
Earning honors are Gavin Bane, Offensive Back MVP; Lendon Underwood, Offensive Line MVP; Cameron Eggersman, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Carson Lambring, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Clark Hauer, Special Teams MVP; Hayden Kinsler, Scout Team MVP; Trevor Colby, Underwood, Black Jersey winners.