ELK MOUND, Wis. (WEAU) -- The state leader in rushing yards, touchdowns and one of only 4 running backs in Wisconsin averaging 200+ rushing yards per game, an Elk Mound running back is putting up numbers week in and week out; and it helps to have a dominant offensive line like he has in front of him. Our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week is Elk Mound running back, Brady Redwine.
1,494 yards rushing, 25 rushing touchdowns: all that in just 7 games will make heads turn. Brady Redwine does that on the field breaking arm tackles and finding the end zone. That’s the case for some plays; others, he’s running free and untouched, largely due to the guys in front of him paving the way.
“The guys up front, I really owe it to them,” Redwine said. “They do a really good job opening holes. Sometimes, I’m barely touched, if ever. It just makes it really easy on me.”
As a team, Elk Mound is averaging 37 points per game and has over 2,200 yards rushing. In Brady’s 163 carries this season, he’s averaging over 9 yards per carry: quite the workload for one back.
“It takes a toll on the body some weeks, but other weeks you just go with it and it turns out pretty good,” Redwine said.
“All we do is just make a seam and he hits it,” Aric Jensen, the senior center for the team, said. “He’s so fast that all we have to do is hold our blocks for a split second and he’s already through. It makes our job so much easier.”
Redwine has huge numbers so far this season, but padding the stats isn’t what this offense sets out to do every Friday night.
“That just comes along with all the hard work,” Jensen said. “It’s not something we were going for and it’s not something we’re going for now. We’re just trying to play our best every single play and what happens, happens.”
Head coach Dave Lew’s team is playoff eligibl, but their final two regular season games will determine the conference champion. They take on Durand who has 1 loss in conference and their opponent in week 9 is undefeated Spring Valley. Elk Mound’s offensive game plan for those games? It’s not changing.
“The same as it always is; just go out there and run the ball and hopefully let the scoreboard take care of itself,” Lew said.
“There’s a lot of trust on this team,” Andrew Benson, a senior tight end for the Mounders, said. “We’re a great family and we come together and accomplish our goals when we put our heart to it.”