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Brookstone hitting stride in Dehem's third year

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The Brookstone Cougars were out on the practice field in helmets for the first time in 2014 on Friday.

It was the first day GHSA teams could put on helmets. Each player must go through five practices in just the helmet to acclimate, then they can put on full pads.

“It felt really good actually having us together as a team running the plays in helmets,” said senior lineman Tripp Valentini. “We don’t have the contact, which everybody loves, but it felt really good.”

This season will be the third with head coach Brad Dehem, meaning the seniors have had two full years playing in his system.

“A lot of us really got the grip of it now,” Valentini said. “I believe that we’re going to be able to run it really well.”

The Cougars have fallen in the first round of the playoffs in consecutive years, but think a comfort with their system will get them over the hump.

“Those first two years, [we were] still trying to get to know it,” said senior wide receiver/defensive back Ben Jones. “This third year, everything is starting to click and come together [and] run real smoothly.”

“Being here for three years, you start seeing guys that have been exposed to the things that you’re doing for the third year,” Dehem said. “It sure does help, and you can see it on the football field. That gets me excited.”

Brookstone will scrimmage at Macon County on Aug. 8, then host Hardaway on Aug. 15.


Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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