Braves battle Musketeers in Week 3

Brownstown Central gears up for its third week of action in the 2023 football season on Friday.

The Braves are fresh off a 34-26 win over a talented Charlestown team. Brownstown improved to 2-0 on the season and is looking to keep it moving as the Braves face Eastern (Pekin) this week.

Braves head coach Reed May was pleased after the tough conference victory against the Pirates.

“It was a big win for us, in my opinion,” May said. “The last few years, the winning team of this game has gone on to win the Mid-Southern Conference. We’re in pretty good shape so far this season.

“We still have to play a tough North Harrison team, who has been playing well this season,” he added. “I thought our kids played well against Charlestown, and it was a nice victory for the team.”

But May isn’t focused on North Harrison yet because he does not face them until Week 5. But he is focused on his Week 3 opponent in the Musketeers, who come in at 1-1.

Eastern defeated Crawford County 48-0 in the second week of the season.

“In years past, Eastern hasn’t been a very good football team. This is probably the best Eastern team we have played,” May said. “They have some gigantic players on their offensive and defensive lines. They also have a physical running back who is a handful to tackle.”

May was asked what he wanted the Braves to accomplish in the third week of the season. The longtime coach wanted to make sure Brownstown does not overlook the Musketeers.

“We had a big win last week,” May said. “We don’t want a letdown this week against Eastern. We had better be prepared for a battle because I’m impressed with the Musketeers this season. They are a very good football team.”

May also spoke about goals as the team moves forward into the season.

“Our first goal is always to beat Seymour,” he said. “Our second goal is to win the conference, and our third goal is having a winning record. The sectional this year is tough with some quality teams in Triton Central and Indianapolis Scecina.

“We have a tough season ahead, and we need to keep plugging away with this young team,” May said. “We need to continue to get better every single day.”

May also announced players of the week for the second game of the season against Charlestown.

Preston Garrison, Trent Lowery, Keetan Burcham-Jones, Grant Killey;and Micah Sheffer were selected for their efforts against the Pirates.

Offensive back: Preston Garrison

Offensive line: Trent Lowery

Defensive line/MLB: Keetan Burcham-Jones

Dime/defensive back: Grant Killey

Special teams: Micah Sheffer