Friday Night Gridiron Star: Demitrius Bronson

Heading into a huge SPSL North match-up with cross town rival Kentridge, it was obvious that Kentwood would need a big game from their star running back Demitrius Bronson. And as he has done so many times in his four years at Kentwood, Bronson came through and led his team to victory. His performance last week earned the recognition of being this week's Friday Night Gridiron Star.

Friday night at French Field, athleticism was on showcase. Both sides had Division I talent on both sides of the ball, and the fans were expecting to see some fireworks. But for most of the first half, both the Conquerors and Chargers were playing a game of field position, with the only points coming from a thirty-six yard field goal in the first quarter by Kentwood's Matt Bell.

But with 3:22 left before the half, Demitrius Bronson lit his fuse when he took a handoff, made a tackler miss, and then streaked down the right sideline, outrunning Kentridge safety Brandon Turner to the goal line. Bronson just kept on rolling for the rest of the night, as he added another touchdown, as well as plenty of first downs on his way to 215 yards and three touchdowns on thirty one carries.

Kentwood used Bronson in a variety of ways on Friday night, including using him as a quarterback out of the shotgun (ala Darren McFadden) in order to get the ball into the hands of their most talented player. While that formation may open things up on the ground, it doesn't look like Bronson will make his mark in the passing game as well.

"Coach will never let me throw the ball," Bronson said, laughing at the idea of Coach Rex Norris allowing him to show off his skills through the air.

His production on the ground was all the Conquerors needed to protect their lead by keeping the clock rolling in the second half. Kentridge could not muster the kind of quick strike offense they would need to make up the deficit, and Kentwood downed Kentridge, 24-14. While he is the first to say that it was a team victory, it was obvious that Demitrius Bronson was the star under the lights on Friday night.


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