Stats Show Trends Behind Football Success

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Stats Show Trends Behind Football Success

CAPTAIN: Coach Young and his staff have his players competing at a high level, and they have the stats to prove it.

CAPTAIN: Coach Young and his staff have his players competing at a high level, and they have the stats to prove it.

CAPTAIN: Coach Young and his staff have his players competing at a high level, and they have the stats to prove it.

CAPTAIN: Coach Young and his staff have his players competing at a high level, and they have the stats to prove it.

Brant Nelson, staff writer

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The Star Valley Braves Football team have started their season off undefeated, continuing a 9-game winning streak from last year that they have now stretched to 12. They are striving to keep this streak alive every Friday night.

DIGGING DEEP: Braves out dig the Diggers in the trenches!

This season the Braves have many returning starters from last season who are spreading out the stats on both offense and defense.

Fans watching the game may only spay attention to the scoreboard or the time clock; however, the coaches and all the players know that it takes a lot from each person who contributes to each yard on offense and every turnover caused by the defense. 

David Castillo wracked up 167 rushing  yards versus Summit Academy on opening day making him a player for other teams to watch out for. It’s been really nice being able to lead block and get theball more this year, but I couldn’t do it without the lineman all working there tails off every play to allow me to get my yards and score touchdowns. I wouldn’t have anything without them, so thanks out to my boys.”

SKY HIGH: Offensive starters Brant Nelson and Hazen Erickson jump up high for a chest bump.

Hazen Erickson has tallied 18.5 defensive points per game and 9.5 tackles as a huge help for the Braves stopping the run. “I really have loved playing a lot of outside line backer on defense and always love when coach gives the call for a blitz. On the offensive side it’s been fun to take over in places where my cousin Will played and be able to help the team like he did,” said Erickson referring to former Braves linebacker Bailey Johnson.

Chase Merrell has averaged 19 points per game on defense with 5.5 tackles per game and 1 interception per game. “I’ve loved to be able to spread out the offense and give our team options instead of just the Star Valley Braves power-house-running football. Being a free safety I love to sit back and just watch the quarterback and see where he’s trying to go. There’s no better feeling than running back the ball after and interception, trying to get that pick 6.”

“Being a lineman I don’t have many stats, but, I mean, they say it all starts on the line ;)” said senior Brandon McDonald.

While other 4A football programs has built their stats by beating smaller, weaker programs, the Braves chose to start their season against three solid, quality teams, going up against top ranked teams of Idaho and Utah.

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