Leopard players shine in combine


By Adam Capps - [email protected]



Luke Brewer pursues a ball carrier during a Lakewood game last season.


Lakewood star football player Luke Brewer was recently selected as the only high school sophomore in the state to participate in the Blue-Grey Football Combine. The event was held a couple of weeks ago in Greensboro, NC.

The event is a nationwide event that is held each year that selects some of the top football players in the region and the entire nation at the specific division. Brewer’s Lakewood teammate, Tristan Hawks, was also selected to participate.

“It is a great honor,” said Brewer when mentioning what his feelings were of being selected to play. “I was really excited and I felt like all the work that I was putting in was getting noticed.”

At the combine, which was made up of 100 players, Brewer was one of five who was able to bench press 185 more than 20 times. His grades at the camp came out to be nothing short of phenomenal, as he placed 1st in bench press, second in shuttle drills, 5th in the 40 yard dash, 9th in the broad jump.

Hawks also had a very impressive combine, and the two have since received letters and have been chosen for the Red Zone, which is the next step in a process towards being selected for the All-American Bowl. In other words, these guys are really good at football and have a crazy amount of potential as well.

Brewer said that he doesn’t mind the hard work because of his love for the game.

“I just love the game,” he said. “The physicality of it, and the way I feel when I’m on the field. It is like nothing else.”

Brewer went on to mention that he didn’t quite know where yet, but he does know that Division 1 football is a goal of his when he finishes his career at Lakewood, which has already been a very impressive one. He and Hawks almost night in and night out were among the team leaders in tackles, and brought an energy to the team that just made everyone around them better.

“I feel welcomed at Lakewood and I love playing here,” said Brewer. “I have a great bond with my coaches and teammates and that makes the game even better and more fun.”

Lakewood head coach James Lewis praised his defense all season, and appreciates the effort that his entire defense always put forth.

“Our defense was big for us this season,” he said. “These two guys are a big part of that and I feel fortunate to have them on my team.”

The two will likely participate in many more camps this year, as their strive for better never quits. The ultimate short term goal is that it translates into wins under the lights in Salemburg next fall.

Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585

By Adam Capps

[email protected]

Luke Brewer pursues a ball carrier during a Lakewood game last season.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_image1-3.jpegLuke Brewer pursues a ball carrier during a Lakewood game last season.

Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585

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