Catching Fire: Offseason work pays off for Brave

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After putting together a solid junior season in 2011 and winning the Superstars competition over the summer, there were high expectations for Dylan Patman’s senior year.

He was one of 10 seniors on this fall’s Brownstown Central High School football team. He served as a slot on offense and a safety on defense, and he had special teams duties.

Patman finished the season tied as the leading scorer with 66 points; led with 1,086 all-purpose yards (488 rushing, 193 receiving, 63 punt return, 342 kick return); led with 11 TDs; and was second in tackles with 79 (25 solo, 54 assists). He also had one sack and seven tackles for loss, caused one fumble, recovered one fumble, broke up five passes and was one of two players with a team-high five interceptions.

For the effect he made for the Braves, Patman has been selected as The Tribune’s 2012 Athlete of the Year for football.

“I wanted to push myself and get myself as strong as I could,” Patman said of his goals coming into the season. “I wanted to improve on my defense and really help on run support and pass defense.”

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