Brownstown Central’s eighth-grade football team wasn’t about to let Salem get in the way of a perfect season for the second straight year.
The Lions handed the Braves their only loss of the seventh-grade season. But this fall, on their home field, the Braves pounded the Lions 30-14. The next week, they wrapped up the season with a 42-12 victory at home against Paoli to finish 8-0.
This year’s squad is the first Brownstown Central Middle School football team to finish undefeated since 2004.
“Teams could get better just like Salem,” one of the Braves players, Andrew Murphy, said. “We can never underestimate our opponent. We always have to work hard and stick with it.”
Devin Stuckwisch said the Braves’ work in the offseason helped them pull through this fall against Salem. Tanner Sutherland said wins against Salem and Trinity Lutheran were the highlights of the season.
“The big kid (from Salem) tore us up our seventh-grade year,” Sutherland said. The Trinity win was big, he said, “because we knew they were going to be good.”
As the team’s quarterback, Carson Lambring said it was his job “to lead the team to an undefeated season and get the team pumped up and prepared for every game.” Derek Rieckers and Blade McKinney agreed that going through a season unbeaten was not easy to do.
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