Mercer County senior football player Braxton Bradshaw played in the ‘Best of the Bluegrass’ game Sunday at St. Xavier High School in Louisville.
In his senior season Bradshaw had 119 tackles and two interceptions, which were both returned for touchdowns. On offense, he rushed the ball six times for 42 yards.
“Braxton brought a great motor to the team, and a great attitude,” said Mercer County Head Coach David Buchanan. “He was like Dick Butkus playing in a smaller athletes body. He played very big. Brian Rowland did a great job with him at inside linebacker.”
For his career Bradshaw finished with 437 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two touchdowns. On offense he carried the ball 127 times for 645 yards and eight touchdowns.
Bradshaw said he found out he was selected to play in the game which features the top seniors from around the state.
“I found out that I was selected the day before I had to leave,” said Bradshaw.
Throughout the week Bradshaw said the players put in a lot of work in a short period of time.
“They would wake us up at 6 a.m. and we would have practice for a few hours and then have a break. Then we would practice again, followed by another break. Finally we would have a third practice for the day, before it was time for dinner,” said Bradshaw. “It was fun, but it was a lot of work.”
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