Braves hand out football awards



The Brownstown Central football program gathered at the high school’s auditorium Monday to celebrate the 2016 season.

The Braves finished 12-2 on the season while capturing Mid-Southern Conference, sectional and regional titles.

The four-year senior players on the roster finished their careers 44-7 with three conference and sectional titles along with this year’s regional crown.

The Braves finished with their 24th straight winning season under coach Reed May.

“It was a very enjoyable group to coach, be around and see develop,” May said. “I’m sure all these guys, not just the seniors, will be doing great things down the road.”

Gavin Bane took home the most honors for his work on the field.

Bane broke eight school records on offense for the Braves this past fall. On top of his plaques for the records, Bane was named most outstanding offensive back and most valuable player.

Bane also was the team’s MVP in 2015.

Cameron Eggersman took home the outstanding defensive line/middle linebacker honor, the defensive points leader, and the Mason Watson Memorial Award.

Devin Stuckwisch was the mental attitude award and outstanding defensive back/outside linebacker award winner.

Clark Hauer and Kyle Kramer were the offensive lineman and special teams award recipients.

Bane, Eggersman, Hauer, Kramer, Stuckwisch and Derek Rieckers made the All-MSC team.

Lendon Underwood, Andrew Murphy and Lance Goecker were All-MSC honorable mention.

Tyler Neal and Stuckwisch made the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Academic All-State list.

On the field, Underwood was IFCA Class 3A All-State for the junior class, and Bane and Hauer were All-State for the seniors.

Noah Reynolds was the scout team player of the year, and Underwood was the black jersey award winner.

Twelve players received “pride” awards, and 10 took home football jackets.

“I’m extremely proud of this group,” May said. “It was so enjoyable to put in a game plan on Monday, and by Friday they executed. That’s very rewarding for a coach.”

Manager Erica Reynolds also received her jacket for her commitment to the team.

The varsity team will lose 14 seniors to graduation.

Next year’s motto for the team is R.I.S.E up. The acronym stands for: Respect, Integrity, Striving for Excellence.

“There are some challenges for next year; we lost a great group of seniors,” May said. “Our motto will be, ‘We will rise up.’  We will rise up in 2017.”

The Braves’ junior varsity team finished 6-1, and the freshman squad went 3-3.

Seth Borden was the most improved JV back, and Luke Shelton was most improved JV lineman.

Prior to to the football team’s presentation, cheerleading head coach Charity Clodfelder brought her team up to the stage.

Brooklyn Thomas was presented a cheer jacket, and Emma Hamm received the mental attitude award.

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