Dickinson player of the week

Dickinson safety Bryan Broussard sits on the bench during practice Tuesday. Dickinson will be playing Clear Springs during the day Saturday at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

DICKINSON

It may be October but Dickinson safety Bryon Broussard’s goals have remained the same ever since he started playing football.

“My goals haven’t changed,” Broussard said. “I do what my coaches tell me and follow the game plan. I just want to make my teammates happy and do whatever it takes to make state.”

That’s what the senior defensive player plans on continuing to do as he and his teammates prepare for the final stretch in the regular season in the upcoming weeks.

Broussard, who is a three-year starter for Dickinson, has been described by Dickinson head coach John Snelson as the “quarterback of their defense.”

“He’s got great cover skills,” Snelson said. “He has good ball skills. He brings a tremendous physical presence for us.”

The Gators started the season on the right note, pounding Texas City in a 47-7 victory before surviving a double-overtime thriller over Fort Bend Ridge Point, 41-34.

But then came the start of district play.

The Gators, who were favored to take the District 24-6A crown, are coming off a tough stretch, losing to Friendswood in double overtime (27-24) and then to Clear Lake (21-17) to put them in an 0-2 hole in the standings with five games left to play.

The Gators will look to right the ship in this week’s road game against the Clear Springs Chargers (who are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in district play).

Broussard and his teammates haven’t let recent results get them down. He admitted that they became too complacent after their win over Ridge Point.

“Those losses have changed everything,” Broussard said. “We’re starting to work harder. We were a little too relaxed after beating Ridge Point. We thought we were too good and we started being lazy in practices and it showed in games.”

Case in point, they returned to the practice field with a better attitude on Monday this past week.

“It was a good practice,” Broussard said. “We were all enthusiastic about it. Communication was key and if we practice hard, we’ll win games.”

One of Broussard’s strengths, according to Snelson, has been his confidence.

“He has a high football IQ,” Snelson said. “He’s definitely going to have a great college career.”

As for playing at the next level, Broussard isn’t sure which school he’ll attend just yet. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.

Going into this season as a senior, he’s had to take on more of a leadership role.

“He’s been more vocal this year and he’s been able to keep our kids focused,” Snelson said. “While we’re going through this tough transition, he’s done a good job of keeping positive and staying focused on the main thing.”

Adjusting to a leadership role turned out to not be difficult for him.

“Adapting was as hard as I thought it would be,” Broussard said. “You just have to have the right attitude and they’ll follow you.”

The Gators will face the Chargers at 1 p.m. Saturday at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

Michael Bauer: 409-683-5247; michael.bauer@galvnews.com

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