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Since finding a position in the defensive secondary in middle school, Christian Heritage School cornerback Will Brumlow has worked hard to make the secondary his home on the football field.
The senior started this season on the right foot with four pass breakups and a forced fumble in the Lions’ 27-6 opening-week win over Riverside Military Academy.
“I’ve played football since I was little, basically my whole life, but back in my younger days I was really fast for my age,” Brumlow said. “I was pretty small, but nobody could catch me so I played running back. In middle school I really took on the position (of corner) and it resonated with me — it became natural.
“After I started practicing a lot with it, it seemed to fit. It kind of feels like home now.”
Being one of the quieter players on the team, as Christian Heritage coach Jay Poag has said, Brumlow uses his actions to show his dedication to the game. On top of his list of goals is to feel the way he felt last season when the Lions went on what Brumlow calls a “magical” run. The Lions were ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, holding the ranking for two weeks. They also defeated a ranked team for the first time in Class 4A LaFayette.
The main highlight for Brumlow was defeating Mount Zion, which put the Lions at an undefeated 4-0 to start last season.
“I had an interception to end the game, and I also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown to put us ahead in that game,” he said. “Especially in the big games like that, it really makes you feel like you accomplished something.”
For as passionate as Brumlow is about football, he is well-rounded in other facets of his life. Over the summer he attended an educational camp at Georgia Tech specifically designed for future engineers.
“I realized that I want to do civil or industrial — building or surveying,” Brumlow said. “It was a cool experience. I say if I got into Georgia Tech, I would probably go there. It’s a great school.”
Additionally, Brumlow believes his teammates would describe him as a good friend. That includes his brother, Wyatt, who is a freshman this season — his only season to play with his older brother.
“Anybody can come talk to me,” the older Brumlow said. “I feel like I always have someone’s back and they can count on me.”
Brumlow also plays outfield for the Lions’ baseball team. Until the spring, however, he and his fellow seniors have some things they want to accomplish on the gridiron.
“It felt great to get the cleats back on,” he said. “I think everyone here thinks we can do better than last year. It’s a special feeling. We really would like that region championship and then to make a deep run in the playoffs and see how far that gets us.”