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By AVERY DAVIS
For many looking at Brenden Reid, his biggest competition would seem to be his twin brother, Brayden, who has played alongside him in every sport since elementary school. But for the two brothers, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Daniel Boone is my biggest rival. I want my brother to perform better than me,” Brenden said. “I would rather Brayden score touchdowns and make plays than me. In tackle drills in practice, everyone always calls us up against each other, but we don’t try to compete like that in front of everybody.”
Brenden´s love for sports began in middle school playing baseball and soccer at Persimmon Ridge. Performing as a standout on multiple Grandview Elementary sports teams, Brenden discovered baseball and football were his two favorites.
Brenden currently catches for the David Crockett Pioneer baseball team and has attended numerous baseball camps at colleges throughout East Tennessee, such as Carson-Newman University.
Fans have seen Brenden stand out this season at three different positions on the varsity Pioneer football team. He’s played quarterback, running back, and safety for a David Crockett football team that finished 9-3 and Region 1-5A Champions for two consecutive years.
However, Brenden said his favorite position of the three is safety while running back is his close second.
“My favorite position is safety,” Brenden said. “I just like hitting people for tackles and getting after the ball. I definitely plan on pursuing safety into college if possible. I´ll play running back too, but I like safety just a little bit more.¨
The Pioneers recently ended their season against South-Doyle in the second-round playoff game, which was Brenden´s first game back from a one-week quarantine due to contact with COVID-19. But even through the pandemic, Brenden was able to find ways to stay in football condition while waiting for his return.
“I did push ups and sit ups every night and I ran every other day,” Brenden said. “It was all about staying in shape and not getting lazy. I listened to the game last week on the radio and supported the team. I was staying ready to come back and play the best I can.”
With those two positions in mind and the football season concluded, Brenden looks forward to his future role on the team as well as his personal goals heading into the off season.
“I definitely plan on going into the weight room and just getting big,” Brenden said. “I need to put on a little more weight and get faster at the same time. (The goal) is really just getting better all around. There’s always room for improvement. I’ve got my brother as a workout partner and we both are in this together to improve.”
Brenden certainly stood out this year with an impressive statline.
The junior finished the season with 88 rushing attempts for 529 yards and six touchdowns. He also impressed in the receiving game with four receptions for 100 yards. Defensively, Brenden finished with 28 solo tackles and 36 assists and was also able to break up four passes and come up with two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He scored a total of eight TDs this season with one from an interception and one from a kickoff return.
“I consider myself a player on the team,” Brenden said. “Anyone can be good. I just go out there on Friday nights, play my game, and do the best I can.”