Senior a big boost for Braves


After stepping away from football for four years, Andy Kellermeier decided to rejoin the Brownstown Central football program his junior year in 2016.

In his senior season with the Braves, with an increased IQ for the game, Kellermeier is putting in work on the defensive line for the Braves.

The defensive end, listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, leads the Braves with four sacks, one forced fumble and seven tackles.

“Last year was more or less my learning year,” Kellermeier said. “This year, I’ve been trying to put what I learned into action.”

Kellermeier said he played in the 56ers program but dropped football when he got to middle school.

After dropping a sport in high school, Kellermeier looked back to the gridiron.

“I quit basketball and needed another sport,” he said. “I wanted to give (football) another chance. I really like the team. I feel that it’s closer than basketball ever was. They’re open to taking in new people and talk more.”

Coach Reed May said Kellermeier is one of the strongest players on the team.

Kellermeier’s athletic ability has gotten him time on the field.

“You need to be strong and fast,” Kellermeier said. “You need to have the ability to get through the line.”

This spring, Kellermeier will enter his fourth year in track and field. He competes in the hurdles for the Braves.

“Coach (Tom) Ritz always told me since I’m big and lanky that it would be good for me,” Kellermeier said of running track. “I started with 300 hurdles, and junior year, I started 110 highs. The 110s have been my best.”

He said his goal is to be a Mid-Southern Conference champion and advance to the regional in the 110 hurdles.

Kellermeier said he’s looking at going to college for mechanics after high school.

“Mechanics have always really interested me,” he said. “I’ve thought of other things. Freshman year, I thought about engineering. I decided it wasn’t for me. My dad has been a mechanic my whole life. I’ve been up at the shop helping him and have always liked the hands-on work.

“I spend a lot of time restoring antique tractors and helping my dad on the farm. I’m doing school-to-work at John Deere right now and getting some hands-on work with some other mechanics there.”

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What: Salem (1-2) at Brownstown Central (3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Radio: 96.3 WJAA

Where: Blevins Memorial Stadium

Most recent meeting: Brownstown Central won 46-10 on Oct. 28, 2016 (sectional)

Last outing: Brownstown Central def. Eastern (Pekin) 34-0, Salem def. Scottsburg 41-0

Series past 30 years: Brownstown Central 25-10

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The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 34-0 win at Eastern (Pekin).

Earning honors are: Braeden Walker, Offensive Back MVP; Lendon Underwood, Offensive Line MVP; Noah Reynolds, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Caleb Bollinger, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Stuart Hayden, Special Teams MVP; Lucas Hines, Scout Team MVP; Underwood, Matt Bell, Dane Darlage, black jersey winners

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Name: Andy Kellermeier

Parents: Zach and Sarah Kellermeier

Siblings: Sydney and Mady

Sports: Football, two years; track and field, four years

Athletic highlights: Winning conference, sectional and regional in football in 2016

Organizations: 4-H, FFA

Plans after high school: Attend Vincennes University for John Deere Ag Tech Diesel Program

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite TV show: “Cops”

Favorite musician: George Strait

Favorite movie: “Field of Dreams”

Favorite team: Purdue Boilermakers


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