WHERE ARE THEY NOW
Football or 'Halo,' Central Catholic's Schrader won't go down
November 16, 2012Lafayette Central Catholic High School
Many have tried to take down Central Catholic senior Brad Schrader, but few have succeeded.
His classmate, Will Jones, is one of them — those who mustered the courage to step up but were left beaten and possibly even humiliated.
“You can’t beat Brad,” Jones said. “Not at ‘Halo.’ ”
Schrader, the Knights’ fullback and outside linebacker, recently altered his sleep schedule to obtain the newest version of that science fiction action video game within minutes of its release. The legend of his “Halo” prowess grew from his Little Gridiron days, when he beat the older boys while his teammates watched in awe.
Yet Schrader’s skills aren’t limited to alien warfare. At the center of Central Catholic’s offense, Schrader has rushed for 1,308 yards and 17 touchdowns entering Friday’s Class A semistate game at Sheridan.
“Brad’s the guy we like to get going in the ballgame, because if he gets going, it opens up everything else for everybody else,” CC coach Kevin O’Shea said.
Schrader rushed for 1,757 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons as a complement to wingback Danny Anthrop. O’Shea considered moving Schrader to wingback over the summer, but decided the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Schrader’s physical presence fit better at fullback.
Though the team-first Schrader says he’ll play wherever asked, he admits he enjoys his position.
“At fullback, it’s more a physical running game,” Schrader said. “There’s not so much shifting around. You’re more of just a physical runner and running into people and hitting them, and that’s what I like.”
Schrader’s hunger for contact is evident whenever he hits a hole. He rarely falls on the first hit and has been known to push or drag would-be tacklers with his always-churning legs.
The Knights say those collisions reverberate through the rest of the team.
“You can kind of feel it,” Central Catholic senior lineman Matt Thieme said. “When he takes a really hard hit and you can hear it and he keeps on going ... if he can take a hit from multiple guys, we can continue our blocks through the whistle. We don’t have to do our job; we can do more than our job, like Brad does.”
An ankle injury has limited Schrader in recent weeks, and he has played less linebacker to protect his health. He may play more linebacker on Friday against Sheridan’s rugged offense.
“Football’s a team sport; it’s not a one-man thing,” Schrader said. “One man can’t do everything out there. It takes a whole team to do it.”