Going into the 2018 season, Brownstown Central’s football team needed to fill a big hole in the offensive line. The Braves needed a center.
The Braves found their guy.
In his senior season, Brian Murphy is manning the middle for the Braves.
He moved from Hamilton, Ohio, to Brownstown in the seventh grade. He said he started playing football in the second grade with pads and has always loved the sport.
“I love playing football. It’s a fun sport,” Murphy said. “There isn’t one thing specifically about it, I think.”
Murphy, listed at 5-foot-8, 225-pounds, lets his play do all of the talking. He said the weight room has led to a lot of success on the field, and he has high expectations for this season.
“I expect us to have a great season. I want to win sectional,” Murphy said. “As a lineman, you need to get your steps right. You need to know your role and block well. I feel like we’ve done great on the offensive line so far. Our pass coverage has been pretty good.”
Two games into the season, the Braves’ offense has 558 rushing yards and 419 passing yards for 977 total yards of offense.
Murphy said the fundamentals are the key to success as a lineman.
He also has worked as a right defensive end this season.
In the spring, Murphy will compete in the throws for track and field. He said he gave track a try his freshman year and enjoyed it.
“I wanted to get involved in more sports,” Murphy said. “I tried it and liked it. Coach (Jerry Brown) and some of the other throwers have helped me get better.”
He said his personal bests are 32 feet (shot put) and 146 feet (discus). His goal is to advance to the Bloomington North Regional in 2019.
After graduation, Murphy would like to continue his football career.
“I want to go to college and play football, “Murphy said. “I would like to go to Franklin College right now. I know some of the guys over there.”
The senior has enjoyed his time at BCHS.
“I’m going to miss all of my teammates, coaches and the fans,” Murphy said. “I will miss the games. I like the teachers and the school.”
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The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 50-13 win against Charlestown.
Earning honors are Hayden Kinsler, Offensive Back MVP; Bruce Spicer, Offensive Line MVP; Braeden Walker, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Matthew Bell, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Seth Borden, Special Teams MVP; Jake Cope, Scout Team MVP; Bell, Braden Neal, black jersey winners.
The Braves’ junior varsity coaches also announced awards for Saturday’s 34-0 win over Charlestown.
Justin Howard was named Offensive MVP; Justin Brewer, Defensive MVP; Caden Clodfelder, Special Teams MVP.
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Name: Brian Murphy
School: Brownstown Central High School
Parents: Brian and Stacie Murphy
Siblings: Dalton Fowler, Brooklyn and Danica Murphy
Sports: Football, four years; track and field, four years
Athletic highlights: Sectional and Mid-Southern Conference titles in football
Organization: Lettermen’s Club
Plans after high school: Go to college
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite TV show: “Big Brother”
Favorite movie: “Super Troopers”
Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys