Bracken Christian is Ready to Make Noise
Bracken Christian has been going strong for 10 years now as they finished out of the playoffs in just their first year of existence as they have been winning ever since.
Last year the Warriors had a younger team than their first campaign back in 2006 and if a losing record could have been made, that was the year.
That young group of players not only pulled off another winning season, but played well in the playoffs too.
Now, one year later, BCS will have a chance of making more noise as 18 players will be ready for getting the Warriors in the thick of their district and a longer run in those playoffs.
On Friday, Bracken had three other teams in attendance at their stadium as the first scrimmage was in full gear to start the 10th year of Bracken football.
“I think we are two weeks ahead of where we were last year,” Head Coach Hosea Stredic started when asked about his opinion of the scrimmage. “We are more confident in what we are doing and we have new guys who are contributing in one way or the other.”
That is huge as Bracken Christian not only had a lot of freshman playing but a new coach with a new system to boot.
“We will have two transfers that will be starting,” Coach Stredic said. “Our depth will help our team tremendously and it is a very positive.”
Bracken has had a long line of good quarterbacks and this season the Warriors will have Brady Beene returning for his final year as well as other players who will be able to make a pass.
“We will have four legit quarterbacks and in our spread offense we can have three quarterbacks in the backfield,” Stredic said excitedly.
This means whoever gets the pitch after the snap will be able to throw or run the ball leaving the defense defenseless.
“Pretty good,” Senior Beene said when asked about what he thought for this year’s offense. “We will still have to battle for the ball, but our spread will open up so many options.”
Two years ago, Bracken Christian might have had 3 or 4 players on the sideline that could play and now BCS will have a wealth of resources in comparison for this season.
“We will be able to have a fresh back in there all the time,” Beene said with enthusiasm. “It will be huge to be able to rotate….we are confident that we have anyone can come up and take over.”
Beene will have a chance to end his time at Bracken without being gassed by going both ways for an entire game.
Defensively Bracken will have fresher legs that will be able to help the offense by clamping down on opposing teams this year, too.
“I’m helping by putting a lot of work in practice,” Noble Simmons commented after the scrimmage. “We will have defensive end depth which means we can keep more men to transfer in and out and then be more aggressive.”
Another sign that depth will have a chance in making the defense as lethal as the offense this season.
“Being a team and having a winning season,” Simmons said in response to what he wants as this season continues. “We have a lot of pressure because of all the other teams we have had at Bracken.”
That says a lot as the Warriors have graduated several players with several skins on the wall for accomplishments.
Junior Cristian DeLeon has been nails as a receiver and cornerback for this first two seasons and will look to add more wins and a chance of going further into the playoffs this season.
“Me and Brady (Beene) have talked bout this year for a long time,” DeLeon said in response in having a chance for those freshmen to have a chance to improve going into year two. “Everyone know what we are doing and we have adapted to Coaching.”
DeLeon will have the same coach for the first time this season and that might help in getting more into what needs to be done in those tight games.
“We are definitely a strong offense and Brady (Beene) is good and it is real exciting that all the quarterbacks will be able to throw to me.”
DeLeon is inching up the receiving charts and with two more years of playing that position can only catapult this 6’2 player to new heights.
DeLeon will be starting this season in 5th place in receiving yards.
player no. yds td apc (ave. per catch) Jeff Camp 67 1428 29 21.3 Grant Granato 87 1276 21 14.7 RJ Braune 40 1067 17 26.7 Grady Achillies 25 673 12 26.9 Cristian DeLeon 40 641 20 16.0
“We have our identity and now this is not new to us, we just need to build,” Beene said in closing for this important campaign.
This Year's Roster name position height weight year Corey Slater center 6'1 197 So Mason Wilkinson te de 5'9 179 Jr Cristian DeLeon wr cb 6'2 173 Jr Brady Beene qb cb 5'10 172 Sr Presley Day rb cb 5'10 184 So Guy Bishop wr qb cb 6'1 156 So Brendon Mahan g de 5'7 161 So Reese Smith qb wr fs 5'11 135 So Lucas McCrum qb rb cb 5'8 146 So Cade Middleton rb de 5'11 195 Jr Zachary Carrington wr 5'7 137 Sr Travis Wolf qb wr cb ss 5'8 128 Fr Carlos Navarro kicker 5'6 176 Sr Noble Simmons de 6'2 184 So Liam Ortman g ng 6'0 182 Jr Seth Smith c de ng 5'11 212 Sr