BRAWLEY – Handworkers, overachievers.
The Brawley Wildcat football team wear those words proudly on their practice jerseys, and they just so happen to be the best words to describe the reigning Imperial Valley League champions. Last year, the Wildcat’s winning streak lead to the semi-championship against Madison High School. With a deep fog shrouding the game, the scrappy desert team gave the eventual CIF champs a run for their money.
“We’re hard workers and overachievers, we do everything 110 percent,â€ says senior defensive captain Donavin Buck. â€œWe’re based on working hard, and getting strong, and just punishing people.”
After giving up the least points of any IVL team last season, head coach John Self plans to lean heavily on a defense that returns eight of its starters.
That defense will be anchored by senior outside linebacker, Donavin Buck.
The six-foot-five, 200 pound defensive captain is a nightmare for opposing offenses, racking up five sacks and 65 tackles during his junior season.
â€œHe should lead us defensively all year long,â€ says Self. â€œI look for him to match that, and go beyond.”
Buck says he tries to set an example for everyone else on the team to follow.
â€œI try to finish every rep as hard as I can,â€ says Buck. “I try to win all the sprints and be leading the team all the time.”
Offensively, the Wildcats face the daunting task of replacing starting quarterback Josh Godinez. However, with Godinez’ injury during last season’s Imperial High CIF playoff, JV quarterback QB Ross Rubio stepped successfully into the slot.Â His performance during the playoff game earned him the coveted â€œRockâ€.
According to Self, the ‘Cats look to rely heavily on the run, led by senior running back Isaak Comparan.
With a stout defense and a strong ground game, don’t be surprised to see the Brawley Wildcats back on the prowl for another league title. Plus, there is something about those Wildcats.
Their first scrimmage will be this Friday against Horizon High School in San Diego.