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Baddude reflects on football career before college

Photo by Brock Kennedy

Story by J.D. McKay

My football career in southern Indiana is over. My last season was exciting. We won sectionals. We also beat New Albany, Jeff, and Providence. It is crazy that it is over. 

I started playing football when I was three years old. I would run routes with my dad, and if I could not get anyone to play with me, I would throw the football up to myself as Peyton Manning and run under it as Dallas Clark. I also would play football in my living room. Astonishingly, I have no scars on my head or body from running into furniture, the fireplace, or mantle during these games. However, I did lose my second tooth playing football with my dad. 

Fast forward to when I was seven, and I played flag football for the first time. Since then, I have not missed a year of football. After one year of flag, I played tackle for the first time. My dad was always one of my coaches. I played almost every skill position on offense in Little League. However, I spent most of my time at QB. One of my funniest memories from Little League was my center, senior linebacker and center Adam Hynes, wearing a cup when I was under center. Another good memory came from fourth grade. My team, the Bengals, beat the undefeated Colts in the Super Bowl, winning my only little league championship. I still have that trophy. 

In fifth grade, my dad started coaching at Highland Hills. He suggested to head FC coach Brian Glesing that he have some actual ball boys instead of injured players having the balls ready during the game. So, starting in fifth grade, I have been on the sideline at all but about two Friday night games, except for my freshman year. 

One of the most memorable games came from fifth grade at Jennings County. It rained, snowed and sleeted like crazy that game. The weird thing was, the whole day was warm, so most people were unprepared for the cold, including several coaches, who wore shorts the whole game. 

Seventh grade was my worst season by record. However, the next year coach Tom Hodge became head coach and we were 7-1. The QB-to-TE connection senior Trace Willman and I had that year was like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. I caught a ball from him one handed, and, of course, tripped as I turned upfield. He also delivered a perfect pass that I did not trip on and took 40 yards for the game tying touchdown against River Valley. The next play, D-1 senior kicker Cole Hussung took in the two-point conversion for the win. That was the last TD I scored until this year. 

My freshman year, I saw a potential opening on varsity the following year and moved to guard as well as playing linebacker. The paid off the next season when I started as guard from Week 4 on. 

Week 3 of that year was against Madison. It was just after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, so the remains of it were on their way up. It hit us during the game and was the coldest, wettest, nastiest game I have ever played in. 

Unfortunately, the injury bug hit us that game but it opened up a varsity spot for me. Eventually, we pounded the ball against New Albany for two straight games and won the Anchor and the first round of sectionals. That team was very good, but unfortunately, we lost to Columbus East, who was on their way to a state championship. I like to say that we were their closest game, though, only losing to them by 30. 

Last year, I was hit with my first injury in football. I was out from the fifth play of the first game to Week 4. Unfortunately, we were 5-5 last season. I got to play with the best player I have played with so far in Tyler Edwards. He was excellent at hitting creases at running back and reading plays as an outside linebacker.

I also played LB with Levi Hamby. He started playing his sophomore year after going to Christian Academy. He showed underclassmen what great work ethic was. He had to work very hard to even have a chance at playing varsity after starting late. But, he put in work in the weight room and on the field, eventually leading the team in tackles. 

This season was my favorite season of football so far, though. I am sure everyone reading this is shocked by that. I was a captain along with senior Calvin Brown. We won sectionals for the first time in 10 years, completed the sweep (beat New Albany, Jeff, and Providence every year for four years), and finished 9-3. In Week 3 against Vincennes Lincoln, we had six picks. I had one, and Willman took one for six with a cast on his left hand. The next week, we tied the record for the biggest margin of victory against the Dogs, beating them 50-14. We started down 0-14 that game but scored 50 unanswered. The following week, we beat Jeff in the National Guard jerseys. I think I gained a lot of confidence that game that carried through the rest of the season. 

The first round of sectionals was another close, physical battle with Bedford (check out my column on the BNL FC rivalry https://fchsbagpiper.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/bedford-football-rivalry-has-grown-recently/). Then, the next week, we won sectionals. I had my first TD since eighth grade after the Jeff running back fumbled the pitch and after trying to grab it, knocked it into the ground and into my hands. That play has been my favorite individual moment of playing football. Our defense played lights out against Jeff and gave up 0 defensive points. Last Friday was my last high school game. We were up 14-13 at half but stalled in the second half, eventually losing 40-14. I had a pick on the second play of the half, but it did not matter. 

Next year, I am hoping to play football at Wheaton College in Illinois, with a bunch of dudes who love Jesus, as well as a coach who loves Jesus and also has a win percentage over .800 and is ranked third in Division 3 currently.

 

FC alumni football game sparks memories

By Hannah Clere, News Editor and

Aurora Robinson, News Assistant Editor

FC alumni Lee Schmidt stands behind the sizzling grill as excited students and alumni fill in the stands, preparing for a good game.

Last Friday night, the FC vs Seymour game was held, honoring FC’s 50th year. They had a tent set up in the courtyard and were selling burgers inside it.

“We do this event to raise money for scholarships to give to seniors,” said alumni Angela Bowman. “This is one of our main fundraisers.”

Not only were a tent and grill set up, but alumni coaches and athletic directors were recognized out on the field, along with previous principals.

“We had the eight original coaches, and our tent was sponsored. That was pretty awesome, we’re thankful for that. It’s a very successful night,” said Schmidt.

Some alumni expressed their favorite part of the night at the football game.

“Seeing everyone again,” said alumnus Delbert Hillegas. “Having some old students out there, I enjoy seeing them. Even though I am retired, I still missed that.”

This event is one of many throughout the year. One major event is the Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet, scheduled for April 28. The association, founded in 2009, sought to reach out to past Highlanders and get current ones more involved. They hoped to start an organization of some sort while they still had alumni from the original 1967 class still willing to participate.

“We wanted to get this thing rolling before some alumni reached 70,” said Bickers.

The members of the alumni association also wanted to make sure that stories from 50 years ago were not lost and forgotten, including memories about when FC opened its doors on the first day of school 50 years ago.

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Head coach Brian Glesing shouts encouraging words to his team after a successful win against Seymour. He always does a great job at keeping the team’s spirits high. Photo by Tori Roberts.

Football season starts early for eager athletes

By Michael Pepin

Football season is months away, and yet the members of the football team are already training for the far off games with early conditioning.  Conditioning started around Thanksgiving for most of the team, who use their PE elective, Advanced Personal Conditioning (APC), in order to train during school hours.  For the rest of the team who have no room in their schedule, they come to football coach Brian Glesing Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after school to avoid falling behind the rest of the team.  For many, such as junior Nick Uhl, conditioning begins when football season ends.

“The sooner you start getting better, the greater results. “If you take a long break, then you get out of shape and it takes a lot of effort to get back in shape and you lose a lot possible improvement,” said Uhl. “The training never really ends in Football.”

Staying in shape is the main goal of conditioning, so that players can be at optimal performance by the time the football season rolls around.

“Our goal is to keep playing as long as we can next season and win more games.  We were 2-8 this year which wasn’t good.  Football is so competitive that it is year round.  The team needs to be constantly building in order to succeed,” said Glesing.

The majority of the team takes APC  rather than coming after school to train.  In this class, they follow a rigid schedule of exercises designed to heighten their performance.  They begin stretches and form running exercises, and then move onto speed improvement activites and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, move to the weight room to lift.  They follow a specific program of sets and reps in certain exercises, but they always do the bench press and the squat.

“APC is a way to get faster and stronger while at the same time staying in shape for Football so we can do well.  It also brings the team together because everyone does it,” said junior Even Rue.

No one is technically required to attend or participate in the football conditioning, but it is highly recommended.

“It’s easy to tell if you aren’t doing conditioning because you get passed up by all the players who do.  It hurts the whole team when one person decides not to train or put forth the amount of effort he is capable of.  Also you have to run laps to make up for the work you missed when season begins,” said junior Brandon Stout.

There are no individualized workouts for players in conditioning, everyone goes through the same hardships, but this is why Rue claims that it brings the team together.

“Sometimes you never really want to be there, but you know its for the best and you go anyway.  I am for conditioning because it makes the whole team better,” said Stout, who agrees with Evan Rue that it brings the team together.

The football players will have an assessment of their progress in March this year and hope to beat their previous scores.  With the new season slowly approaching, every member on the football team is determined to make this season their best yet.

“I think it’s a great program…you are constantly working towards improvements and have the ability to track progress on a regular basis.  It also benefits the players themselves…it really begins to pay off when next season begins,” said Glesing.

FC beats Jennings County 35-28

Photos by Grace Runkel and Jill Moore

Glesing discusses upcoming season

By Ty Elliot

Coach Brian Glesing

Bagpiper: What will you do at the quarterback position with Garrett Shanks back as a senior and Bryce Smith getting some experience as a sophomore last season?

Brian Glesing: “We have a QB battle with Garrett and Bryce.  Both have been great.  Both of them will play in the scrimmage.  Also, Garrett is starting at linebacker so that will play into the decision.”

BP: What does the depth chart look like after Kyle Bramble?

BG: “Terrence Kennedy, who is a junior, is a good backup.  Also, we have Jason Van Buren, who did a good job last year filling in for Kyle.”

BP: What do you all need to do better so you all can be where you want to be at the end of the season?

BG: “We need to get better defensively.  We gave up way too many yards last year.”

BP: Out of your returning players, who do you think will step up this year?
 
BG: “We have a lot guys who will step up.  We expect big plays out of Austin Wirth and Joey Quinkert.”

BP: What group or position has improved the most so far?

BG: The linebackers have really improved.  They have been reading their key better.”

BP: What does this senior class bring to your team?

BG: “It’s a great senior class, over 20 seniors.  They have great leadership and a lot of experience.”