By ADAM CAPPS
For The Record
Luke Brewer has been leading the Lakewood Leopard defense since he arrived. He’s no stranger to leading the team in tackles each week, while possessing a 4.0 grade point average.
“It’s every single week, every play and every snap in practice, Luke is giving it everything he has,” said Lakewood coach James Lewis. “We are very fortunate to have him as a player and as a leader for this team.”
This past summer, Brewer participated in the Blue-Grey super combine at the Washington Redskins’ training center. There, he earned a medal for benching 185 pounds 35 times, and was listed as the strongest linebacker out of all of the combines held throughout the country.
That’s not all. In July, Brewer found out that he was selected to the Blue-Grey High School All-American team, and he will be playing in the All-American Bowl in January.
“It’s exciting anytime that you see your sweat and work ethic pay off,” Brewer said. “Right now though, I am focusing on this season and how my team is doing.”
His team, the Lakewood Leopards, are doing well. They are 5-2 on the season, and it took until the fifth game of the season for them to allow a single point. Other than their 41-40 loss to an explosive North Lenoir team, Lakewood’s defense had allowed just nine other points in its first six games. Those came in the Leopards’ 42-9 thumping of Western Harnett on Sept. 22.
Brewer is the team leader in tackles and fumble recoveries to date, and is looking to add to both totals.
He seems to think that the team members’ relationship with each other is helping their play on the field.
“I feel like we have a really close team and we’re all good friends,” said Brewer. “I just try to encourage everyone to be the best that we can be, and with that, we can feed off of each other. If someone gets a big hit or something, we all get fired up and use that as fuel.”
As of right now, smaller colleges are interested in Brewer, but he hopes to reach out to some bigger programs before long. When asked where he needed to improve, Brewer admitted that he is working on his speed.
“I am working with the Fayetteville State track coach right now and trying to get faster and get my 40 time down,” he said. “That’s an area, where if I can improve, it can really elevate my level of play.”
Faith-Based Outlook Brewer remained modest regarding his many accolades, citing his appreciation to God, his teammates, his coaches and family.
The Blue-Grey All American Bowl can be viewed on Jan. 13 of and will be streamed by ESPN3. The game starts at 1 p.m.
Lakewood and Brewer are back in action tonight when they host Rosewood.
The Leopards have been regrouping from a 21-14 loss at North Duplin last week.
Lakewood linebacker Luke Brewer at summer training.