Hartland, Wis. — The past two years Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead has failed to find the right formula to defeat its rival, Mequon (Wis.) Homestead. However this year the Warhawks, behind Michigan commit Ben Bredeson, went to its bread and butter and dominated the game on the ground. When the dust settled Arrowhead quarterback Johnny Duranso (15 rushes for 104 yards) and running back Nick Bastien (13 rushes for 140 yards and two touchdowns) combined to average almost nine yards per carry. That keyed an impressive 28-14 victory to open the season.
“I thought we played as an offensive line very good game,” Bredeson told The Michigan Insider. “Our goal in the beginning that we set during team meeting was we wanted to out tough them the last two years and we weren’t able to do that. This year we were and we out tough them, grounded them out and at the end of the game that is the way we wanted it to go.”
The 6-5, 305-pounder was one side of the game's marquee match-up, the other being Homestead’s senior defensive end Josh Mueller. Mueller, who checks in at 6-6, 260 lbs. and holds offers from Illinois and multiple mid-majors, was shown just why Bredeson is rated the No. 1 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.
“We kind of expected (the head to head match-up). We saw it in the film in how he was going to line up, so I was getting ready all week, said Bredeson. “He is a big strong kid and he is going somewhere for a reason, so it was a good battle between us.”
Bredeson displayed his toughness, physicality and athleticism against the Highlanders. But even though his game and frame appeared college ready, he’s focused on still improving individually and as a unit going forward.
“I want to get as best as I can and develop mental wise by listening to coaches,” said Bredeson. “I want to play the best I can and I want the offensive line to play as best as they can, so we can keep this thing going and as far as possible.”
Along the way Bredeson will be keeping an eye on how his future team fares also. In a day and age where commitments routinely take visits to other schools, the four-star lineman insists that isn't in the cards for him.
"I haven't heard from anyone else since I committed," stated Bredeson. "(I) shut it down completely and am 100% committed to Michigan."
"I always loved the school, but once I met the new staff I knew it was where I wanted to be."
While it's fairly likely the four-star lineman will line up at offensive guard when he arrives in Ann Arbor, that isn't quite etched in stone yet.
"They said (I could play) any three positions at offensive line," Bredeson reported. "I think I'd be good at guard or tackle... whichever one they want me at."
That "whatever the team needs" attitude is an attitude that has earned Bredeson the reputation for being as good a teammate as he is a player. It's a trait that he finds just as important in others, which is why he looks for it while trying to help lure other prospects into Michigan's recruiting class.
"It's a big importance that we get the right guy in the class," he said. "The class ranking is nice, but it's about the right people getting in the program that want to be there every day and have talent."
"I'm recruiting Carlo Kemp hard now."