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Leading the Red Knights to Victory 

December 19, 2019


Photo courtesy of Eric Wilson

Senior Eric Wilson was both a captain and an offensive lineman on the championship team.

In order to have a strong team, there must be strong leaders. During the 2016 season, each player brought something different to the team, and together these Red Knights played hard and pushed themselves to their limits to succeed. Senior captains, Eric Wilson and Braeden Fitzgerald, along with many other senior leaders helped the team focus and showed the younger players the right thing to do.  

Eric Wilson, 2016 Captain: “Being a captain was definitely special my senior year given that it would be the last time playing football with some of my best friends. I think the coolest part about my senior season was having two different captains each game (as named by Coach Hanks) to join me and Braeden Fitzgerald. This made the team not one with one or two individual leaders, but instead a team with leaders all throughout each section of the team. It was a great experience getting to be closer to my teammates in that manner.”

Sedona Brown, 2016 Manager: “I think that the leadership from the senior players was what set this team apart. And on top of that, there were younger players that listened and respected the seniors and really wanted to learn and grow into their roles.”

John Landry, 2016 Linebacker:  “Football taught me a lot about leadership and teamwork. I learned how to trust people with their jobs, but it also taught me some accountability. I face those things every day, so it makes my life easier now.”   

Pat Krieger, 2016 Co-Head Coach: “To be a Red Knight football player, a person has to be dedicated. It is a hard sport and comes with a lot of practice. Playing the games and throughout practice, the players learn a lot about themselves, teamwork, and accountability. There are skills in football that carry over to life, like communicating with other people and teamwork.”

Elijah Brown, 2016 Freshman Lineman: “There were a lot of leaders on that team. They helped me become more of a leader myself and showed me to never give up.”

Jon Hanks, 2016 Co-Head Coach: “The whole team honestly, we had the best running back in the state and school history, best O-lineman, and had a terrific leader at QB who was determined to win.”

Joe Creer, 2016 Assistant Coach: “To be honest, the very best MVP ever was Eric Wilson. He worked hard, he believed, he was a leader on and off the field. To watch him grow was something else.”

Eric Wilson, 2016 Offensive Lineman & Captain: “Personally, I think it is hard to imagine our team getting anywhere near the state championship without Ricky Floyd. And to that end, Ricky could be considered the MVP of BSM football in general. Without Ricky leading by example on the field and being such a great and dependable player, it is hard to know whether the BSM program would have blossomed like it has over the past few years.”

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