WOODSTOCK — Everything came together for Brevin Scott last year and this year could be even better.
The Central senior wide receiver/defensive back played his way up through the Falcons’ football program and it paid off last season as he put up strong numbers.
“I definitely had confidence and stepped up last year,” Scott said. “Coming into games I wasn’t skittish. I was ready to play every single game, give it my heart.”
Scott said that he began playing when he was in the second or third grade and has just loved it ever since.
“I like most playing with my friends, getting better as a person,” Scott said. “That’s what most coaches are for is getting you better as a person.”
Scott said his sophomore season was a real learning experience. He played on the varsity level but didn’t get a lot of playing time.
“I was learning the ropes,” Scott said. “I really liked playing with them even though I wasn’t playing. I was getting better working with older guys.”
Central coach Mike Yew said Scott also played in some varsity “B” squad games, which are used to develop younger players. He said that experience helped Scott.
“For him being a sophomore, even though he wasn’t physically ready to be a contributor, he was able to get in those ‘B’ games,” Yew said. “He was able to play. But he was also able to show us that he understood the game and the rest of it would come later and obviously it has.”
Yew said that Scott had a growth spurt between his sophomore and junior year, which also helped his game.
Last season Scott put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball. He had two different games in which he had two receiving touchdowns.
Scott said that it helped having 2020 Central graduate Kelan Hoover at quarterback.
“Last year, the biggest difference was having a good quarterback connection that could get the ball to me,” Scott said. “Starting off it was good, like Kelan (Hoover) was able to get me the ball.”
Scott led Central with 27 receptions for 511 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Scott had 26 tackles and a team-best three interceptions.
Scott said that playing at wide receiver helps him at defensive back.
“It definitely helps more as a defensive back when you’re a receiver, because you know their technique,” he said. “You know a lot of things they’re going to do. When they’re lining up inside, they’re going to run an out-route normally.”
Yew said Scott’s knowledge of the game has helped him succeed and it helped him have a big year last season.
“He truly understands the game,” Yew said. “He’s a good route runner. He knows how to play corner. He knows how to play safety. A lot of that is attributed to us going to (summer) camp. He’s a kid that’s gone to camp with us three or four years in a row, and he had a chance in the summertime to really work on what it is he does. So for him, the big thing last year was it was his coming-out year and he really came out with a bang.”
Scott always has a familiar face with him on the sidelines on Friday nights – his father, Bryan. The varsity girls basketball coach is also the junior varsity football coach and Brevin Scott said his dad has been a big help to him throughout his years playing football.
“Definitely going into games we have a talk before every game,” Brevin Scott said. “He’s on the sidelines during varsity games and he tells me what I need to work on.”
Brevin Scott has four siblings and he said that they can be competitive with each other.
Two of his sisters play on women’s college basketball teams. He is hoping to follow in their footsteps and play football at the collegiate level.
“I definitely want to try to play at the next level,” Brevin Scott said. “I’ve talked to few D-II, D-III schools, went to a few camps. I’m definitely trying to play at the next level.”
Brevin Scott said he wants to be more of a leader for the football team this season. Yew said he is counting on Brevin Scott’s leadership even during a COVID-19 pandemic season.
“He should be our leader, he and (Central senior wide receiver) Kamren (Wells) both,” Yew said. “I’ve got two good receivers and they both play defensive back for us. But there’s no question those two should be a big part of what we’re doing. And Brevin should certainly have another good year.”
Brevin Scott also plays basketball and he said in the workouts the basketball team has been doing he is the only senior on the squad, so he knows he will have to step up his leadership role there as well.
The first day of boys basketball practice is slated to be Dec. 7 with football practice starting on Feb. 4 in what is scheduled to be a shortened season for all sports.
Between now and the start of football season, Brevin Scott said that the team needs to come together even more.
“The biggest thing we need to do is probably getting in the weight room and getting back to being as one team,” Brevin Scott said.