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Athlete of the Month: Michael Brohn

by Billy Braker, Sports Editor

Photi courtesy of: Alanna Jurich

It’s not that Michael Brohn is unstoppable, it just seems that way when he runs full speed towards players, fearless of running anyone over. The bruising 5 foot 9, 225-pound senior has led a relentless Longhorn ground attack this year. As of week 8, Brohn leads the difficult BVAL-Mount Hamilton league with 935 rushing yards after only six games. He averages 6.3 yards on 148 carries. Brohn is a 3 year varsity football star. In fact, he was pulled up for CCS his freshman year.

“It is a much bigger responsibility on my back this year now that I am a senior, considering there are no more seniors to rely on,” said Brohn.

When Brohn was pulled up to varsity for his sophomore season, he was experiencing some growing pains, but towards the end of the season he had been the star for Leigh’s offensive success. After a grueling off-season, Brohn has entered the realm of superstardom.

“It feels great to be the athlete of the month. Hard work and practice pays off,” said Brohn.

When the Longhorns opened league play against Pioneer on Homecoming night, the Mustangs felt Brohn’s wrath.  Leigh High School’s talented running back rushed for over 100 yards for the third straight game, paving the way to an impressive 21-0 Longhorn victory. Brohn, a week earlier, piled up a career-best of 207 yards in a 42-27 loss to Saratoga, and lugged the ball a career-high of 29 times for 185 yards. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing game of his three-year varsity career.

In his first four games this year, Brohn rushed for 577 yards and four touchdowns. He is now within 45 yards of reaching the 1,500-yard plateau for his career, and just 20 yards shy of eclipsing the 596 yards he put up as a junior last season.

“Michael has been running with a lot of force this year. When Michael sees a hole he has the speed and agility to hit that hole. And when Michael doesn’t see a hole, he makes his own,” said Kyle Padia, head coach.

While Brohn’s success can be very much attributed to his physical talent, his true secret to success is his mental approach and work ethic.

“There is honestly not much of a difference in mindset during games. I just go out there and be myself on and off the field. It seems to work out. I love this game,” said Brohn.

In the offseason, he plays rugby to keep in shape. That training allowed him to be ready for varsity, even since his sophomore season. Since then, Brohn has only gotten better the more time he has spent with Padia.

“I hope we do not lose any more games for the rest of the season and keep our winning streak alive. We wanna make it to CCS and see where it goes from there,” said Brohn. “It sucks to know that there are only three more high school football games in my football career. I hope to play at the next level though.”