Getting to know: Dalton Brandt, Sedgwick football
Brandt, a junior running back and middle linebacker, has run for 1,606 yards and 21 touchdowns. He is also the Cardinals’ leading receiver with 430 yards and four touchdowns. Sedgwick (10-1) plays hosts Beloit (11-0) on Friday night in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
“You know that thing Barry Sanders used to do when he scored a touchdown, where he just walked over and handed the ball to the ref? That’s what Dalton does, every time,” Sedgwick coach Jeff Werner said. “He just keeps his head down and keeps working.”
Brandt (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) is also a champion powerlifter in the 172-pound weight class. Last year, he bench-pressed 305 pounds, squatted 355 pounds and hang-cleaned 295 pounds in competition.
How much do the powerlifting competitions and football bleed into each other? It seems like that can only help you become a better football player.
“I’ve been lifting since I was 12 and just never stopped. It does make me more powerful so I guess you could say that the football aspect of it is really important but I also think that lifting is something I really enjoy. It’s become a hobby of mine.”
What’s your team like and what has this season been like with all of the success you guys have had?
“We’ve come together but we’ve also pretty much been playing with each other since grade school, since pee-wee football, so we know each other really well and we know what each guy can do.”
Your coach says you’re one of the quietest guys on the team. Where does that come from and how would you describe your style of play?
“That’s pretty much how I’ve always been, ever since pee-wee ball and that’s never really changed. I’m not into celebration or drawing attention to myself or anything like that but I do get pumped up in a really big game and the atmosphere that goes with it. I think we all get pumped up in those kinds of situations. When I play, I like contact and the physical aspect of it. I like to run people over.”
What do you know about Beloit and what they bring?
“They’re a power football team. They’re going to come out and try to run it right down the middle, right at us. That’s why practice this week and making sure we get our reads right is so important.”
Who is your team’s leader? Is there a guy that kind of sets the tone for you guys?
“Logan Thompson, the quarterback. He also plays defense but not just at one position because they’ve moved him around quite a bit. He seems like he always makes the big play or the play that gets us all pumped up ... usually with a big hit because he’s such a hard hitter.”
You guys must have gone some pretty good rounds in practice over the years.
“We’ve had some times in junior high ... he can really hit.”
Sounds like he may have laid a pretty good hit on you.
(Laughing) “He’s a good hitter, that’s all I have to say.”