The Mansfield football team is having one of its stronger seasons in recent history, and that is due in large part to the efforts of a number of players that seem to contribute week in and week out for the Tigers at a very high level.
One such player is Kennedy Brooks, who became a mainstay in the Mansfield backfield in the 2014 season and even contributed some in the 2013 season as a freshman.
Brooks rushed for 1,270 yards and 14 touchdowns last season and has already blown that total out of the water in 2015, with 1,740 yards and 17 touchdowns through the first eight games of the season.
The Tigers running back has posted some gaudy individual-game rushing totals for the season, including a 284-yard effort against DeSoto two weeks ago and 326 yards against South Grand Prairie last week.
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Brooks ran for five touchdowns between those two games, as well.
Coach Jeff Hulme said it is quite a luxury to have a back of Brooks’ ability on his team and said that he could not ask for a better player to coach.
“He is the undisputed leader of the offense and the team,” Brooks said. “He is a quiet leader, but can get vocal when he needs to. He is an A-B student, so he leads that way also. The student body and teachers like him.”
Mansfield is 6-2 and 4-0 in district competition this season with Brooks leading the way offensively.
The Tigers will face their biggest challenge of the season when they take on Cedar Hill, the third ranked team in the state, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield.
Hulme said he has relied heavily on Brooks’ leadership throughout the season, so the Cedar Hill game should prove to be no different, as the Tigers look to pull a huge upset in front of their home crowd this week.
“I lean on him a lot,” Hulme said. “Whenever I feel the team needs a little bump, I go to him first. He in turn, will come to me whenever he feels that I need to know something. He was elected captain by his teammates for a good reason, and being a junior, that says a lot.”
Hopefully for Mansfield, Brooks can help provide the bump the team needs to pull into sole possession of first place in the District 8-6A standings.