MEDFORD, Ore. – Building a championship team in any sport takes more than star players, but perhaps no sport values the faceless athlete like football. As Cascade Christian prepares for the 3A state championship this Saturday, Coach Jon Gettman knows his team goes far deeper than the names in the newspaper.
“There are so many guys that you just have to say, ‘You know, I’m going to do what’s best for the team,'” Gettman says, “We ask them to sacrifice for each other, for the team, and they do it.”
One of those guys is fullback Josh Brite.
“I don’t get any glory and that’s fine with me,” Brite says, “It doesn’t bother me at all. My name isn’t in the paper so they don’t know who I am.”
His team knows who he is. He’s the guy that opens holes for that explosive run game to break through.
“I kind of take it all,” he says, “I’m a lead blocker and I get out there and I kick out for all those guys, but I love it. I love hitting people.”
“He’s a kick out on every single time,” Gettman says. “He’s leading up. It’s one of the toughest jobs that you have.”
It’s an aspect that might be missed when watching this team play. It’s easy to recognize the phenomenal talents of all-state running back Brandon Williams, but championship-caliber teams depend on guys like Brite.
“He’s a selfless kid,” Gettman says, “and that’s what it really comes down to. Really he could go on some other teams and be the man. He is a fantastic athlete.”
But as Brite said, he’s comfortable letting guys like Williams be the man. On this team, he’s just hoping to be a champion.