Chance for history

This coming weekend, my football teammates and I at Brunswick will have an opportunity to do something, as high schoolers, that few men will ever have the chance to do in their entire lives, and that’s make history.

For the first time in the more than one hundred-year history of the Brunswick football program, our team is primed to take home the Division I New England Prep School Association Championship in a winner-take-all game versus Andover this coming Saturday in Avon at 1 p.m. Such distinction would not only place our program into the upper echelon of the Housatonic League, a league in which we have spent years fighting for recognition, but consummate our school’s reputation as a powerhouse in the illustrious history of New England prep school football.

An opportunity of this magnitude came because of what separates us from the rest of the league, our will to outwork our opponents, in both practices and games. Practices at Brunswick are far and away the most labor-intensive and meticulous in the Housatonic league.

The practices are almost a game all their own, spent between the rigorous conditioning sessions and perfecting the groundbreaking read option offense that has brought new life into our schemes.

The offense brought to Brunswick by our new offensive coordinator, former Bruins quarterback Kevin Decker, is a scheme unparalleled in sophistication, run at an untouchable speed. Plays are signaled in from the sidelines through a complex system of hand motions and ran usually within 30 seconds of each other, there’s no huddle, and everybody celebrates together in the end zone when we score, whether it’s a goal line rush or a 50-yard passing TD.

The scheme plays to the strength of our extensive conditioning and preys on the cumbersome and often out-of-breath defensive linemen who seldom find themselves prepared to perform at such a pace.

Our defensive strategies draw their strengths from this edge as well, specializing in creating tackles for loss and turnovers that put the ball in the hands of our offense, which grinds down upon the physical constitution of opposing teams.

It’s a philosophy of football unlike any other that dominated the game plans of our predecessors and it’s allowed us to create the school of thought necessary to succeed at this level. Ours is a mentality that draws no inferences from luck or coincidence, only confidence in the fact that we enter each game more prepared than anybody who could line up against any one of us.

Personally, it’s a mentality that has followed me off the field, giving me confidence that preparing the right way will lead to success in all things, no matter how large. As obvious as such a truth may seem, the concrete success of this ideal on the field has finally made it come full circle to me off of it.

Our team has been bonded by the pursuit of reasserting this truth on the field, weekend after weekend, until it rings true not just for us but also for everybody watching.

My teammates and I have the opportunity this season to make history, not only in becoming the first Brunswick team to be the undisputed champion of New England prep school football, but to be the team that raised the standard of preparation to which all of its coaches and players hold themselves accountable.

Christopher Lucey is a junior at Brunswick School.

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