Brave not afraid to get hands dirty

Brownstown Central’s Jacob Brewer doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

Whether he’s on the football field making big hits, throwing in track and field or fixing-up ATVs, Brewer always has a hands-on approach.

This season, the Braves senior will play at left guard on the offensive line and linebacker on the defense.

On the field, Brewer invites contact.

“I prefer defense,” Brewer said. “There isn’t as much responsibility and you get to hit hard. I like run defense because there’s more contact and less running. I like hitting; I have an aggressive nature.”

Brewer has played football since the fifth grade, when he hit the gridiron in Brownstown’s 56ers program.

This season, Brewer said he thinks the Braves will shock a lot of people and finish with a strong record.

During the spring, Brewer throws the shot and discus for the Braves.

Brewer said that he’s been involved in track since the sixth grade, and his best throws in the discus was 135 feet and 45 feet in the shot put.

“The last couple of years I’ve made it to regionals,” Brewer said. “I would like to hopefully place higher in regionals and compete in state.

“A lot of people think you have to be big and strong to throw the discus or shot. But a lot of it is speed and quickness. If you have that speed and discus you can compete and succeed, a lot of it is form.”

The Braves senior said that his technique in the discus is spinning, but he changes between gliding and spinning in the shot.

When he isn’t in class or participating in athletics, Brewer can be found working on ATV, cars, trucks and tractors.

Brewer said that he wants to study mechanical engineering after high school.

“Growing up, I always like ATV, trucks and tractors,” Brewer said. “Dad was always big on taking things apart and figuring out how things work. I like getting my hands dirty and seeing how things are made.”

While he works on many different vehicles, Brewer’s favorites are ATV.

“I work a lot on ATVs,” Brewer said. “I started riding when I was about four-years-old, and working on them when I was nine. I would like to be a motorsports engineer, designing ATV and Drag Cars; things like that. I’ve taken all the engineering courses that we have at Brownstown annd other classes like physics, pre-calculus and the math classes you need.”

Attending Brownstown Central High School has been a positive experience for Brewer.

“I like that Brownstown is a small-town community,” Brewer said “We’re small-town people and everyone knows everybody.”

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Parents: Steve and Missy Brewer

Siblings: Jason, Jessie and Justin

Sports: Football, four years; track, four years

Athletics highlights: Qualifying for the regional as a sophomore, playing in every Jackson Bowl

Plans after high school: Attend college, study mechanical engineering

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite TV show: “Big Bang Theory”

Favorite singer/musicians: Justin Moore

Favorite movie: “Zombieland”

Favorite team: Marshawn Lynch

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Q: What’s a hobby you have that might surprise someone who doesn’t know you?

A :”I play guitar. I’ve been doing that for about three years now. I taught myself and play at cookouts and things like that.”

Q: Do you feel like the Braves have a strong football team this season?

A: “I think a lot of people have short-changed us and don’t expect much from us this season. I want to show them that we are that good. I think we will have a good season.”

Q: Why are you involved in both football and track?

A:”My favorite part of being involved in sports is that it teaches responsibility. You also get to really bond with your coaches and make a lot of friends.”