Ashburn, Va (September 10, 2014) – When Briar Woods Falcons wide receiver Brandon Polk steps on the gridiron he is probably the fastest man on the field. In his sophomore years he was a state champion in the 100 and 200 meter dash in the Virginia 3A state track meet. His times in those races qualify him to run in the Olympics should he make the team. He may actually try to make the team in 2016, but for now he is 100% committed to his first love, football.
With 12 catches and three touchdowns in the Falcons’ first two games he is off to a fast start in 2014. In his third season as a Briar Woods starter, he is a known quantity to opposing defensive coordinators. Invariably a safety or linebacker will be helping out the cornerback assigned to guard him. When he is the deep man on kickoffs, the kickoffs go anywhere but down the middle of the field. “Having a receiver with Brandon’s speed expands our options in putting together a game plan,” said offensive coordinator Jared Develli. “And Brandon has a lot more going for him than speed. He runs good routes and he has excellent hands.”
The coaching staff at Penn State, where Brandon has made a verbal commitment to attend, apparently agrees. While Polk doesn’t underestimate the difficulty in transitioning from high school to Division I football, he believes he is as well-prepared for the challenge as any high school player could be. “The practices I’ve seen at Penn State are pretty similar to what Coach Pierce has us do,” he said. “The Penn State coaches know all about how good the Briar Woods program is. I don’t know how they know, but they know everything that happens at Briar Woods.”
That of course is high praise for a high school coaching staff. “Nice to hear,” said head coach Charlie Pierce. “One thing we stress in our practice planning is to keep the kids moving. Nobody gets better standing around.”
“They teach you the game, they get you motivated and they put you in the best position to succeed,” is how Polk described the Falcon coaching staff.
Brandon Polk has the physical gifts that are common to the elite athletes in every sport. But physical gifts alone are not enough to get you to the next level. Every yard gained is the result of hours of repetitive, often boring and sometimes painful practice. Great coaching makes that process more interesting and ultimately more rewarding. Polk is grateful for the coaching he has received in high school but he’s not thinking about college now. “I’m about us [the Falcons] winning ballgames and getting back to a state championship game with my brothers.”
by George Khalsa