Scoring a touchdown or even just touching the football are the type of dreams hatched in the minds of linemen. They do the dirty work and others earn the glory, but that mindset isn’t the popular one at Brewster.
“These guys like being linemen,” said coach Ed Mulvihill, whose team was scheduled to host Rye Friday night in a meeting of 4-0 teams. “A lot of guys want to be a tight end or even a fullback, but these guys just like playing on the line.”
So far, that culture has resulted in success for the Bears. Quarterback Jack Guida and running back Henry Terry have helped the team rush for 1,129 yards and average nearly 9 yards per carry. Mulvihill insisted that their production and Brewster’s winning ways are rooted just as much in the skill of the blockers as the runners.
“I think going into this season our kids knew that our success was going to be built around our line,” Mulvihill said. “Jack has been a real beneficiary of that. So has Henry. But our line is what makes us go.”
The Bears returned three starting linemen from last year in left tackle Jaden Milano, left guard Connor Dignan and center Manny Costales. New guard Tino Surace and tackle Nick Leahy have formed a strong right side, but Leahy, a 273-pound senior, had already been an anchor in the middle on defense. Junior Justin Jimenez has even given Brewster the depth to rest the likes of Leahy who start on both sides of scrimmage.
All six of the offensive linemen are 220 pounds or bigger, giving the Bears the strength to anchor their physical running game.
“We’re big in the weight room and I think that really helps us,” Mulvihill said. “I think that’s where they’ve built a certain camaraderie with each other. The guys really work hard for each other.”
Brewster has needed the muscle because most opponents know what to expect. Guida, who converted from running back to quarterback, is not a traditional passer. In fact, through four games, he had attempted just 38 passes with 69 rushes.
“With Jack, it’s not like we’re hiding too much,” Mulvihill said. “Jack’s going to carry the ball and they know that. We’re not trying to deceive anybody. We will do some things to screw up the defense, but it’s mostly we’re going to do what we’re going to do.”
And Brewster believes it has the players to lead the way.