2013 Gridiron Preview: Brush Arcs

8:42 AM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
Drawing of 2013 Brush High School football helmet / Image courtesy head coach Josh Wells
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The Brush High School varsity football team returns 22 letterwinners from the 2012 squad that posted a 7-3 overall record and a 5-0 mark in Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division play.

Knowing just those facts, it might come as a surprise that the Arcs have adopted "it's a new day" as their mantra for the upcoming season

But, as second-year head coach Josh Wells explains, the program is coming off of its first winning season since 2005 and this year's squad isn't satisfied with maintaining the status quo.

"It's a new day because we have a whole new set of expectations and a group of kids that are not only trying to meet then, but exceed, them every day," Wells said. "We have a new look, a new field (and) a new attitude.

Wells said the team's goals for the season include winning its nonconference games, repeating as conference champions and qualifying for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state playoffs.

The Arcs will once again employ a pro-style offense and a 50 defensive scheme.

Wells expects 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior quarterback Stephen Shorts to be the igniter of the team's potent offense.

"Stephen is a very smart football player and we expect him to lead a dangerous offense," Wells said of Shorts, who also plays safety. "He is very poised under pressure and a presence in the huddle."

Senior lineman Jonah Harper is the leader in the trenches.

"Jonah has been a leader throughout the entire offseason," Wells said of the tackle. "He leads by example with his work ethic and it rubs off on the (other) offensive and defensive linemen.

Senior linebacker Jermaine Drake is expected to lead the defense.

"Jermaine really came on as a solid linebacker last year after switching positions," Wells said. "He is a very high-energy player, which excites the defense."

Wells expects the varsity playing time that members of this year's senior class got last fall to play dividends this season.

"Our team last year was comprised of a lot of juniors who got valuable time on Friday nights," Wells said. "Being able to win close games against very good teams - (such as) Twinsburg and Shaker Heights - taught this group that, regardless of what is thrown at them, they can persevere and come out on top."

Wells admires his team's desire to be the best it can be.

"They aren't satisfied with anything," the head coach said. "They are always striving for more and to be better."

The Arcs open the 2013 campaign on the road at Padua Franciscan on Aug. 30 before beginning the home portion of their schedule a week later by hosting Ashtabula Lakeside at Korb Field.

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