Food, fellowship and football were the name of the game Tuesday night at Benjamin Russell Quarterback Club’s annual drawdown dinner. The Mill Two Eighty was packed full as fans and supporters of the team put their names in the bucket for a chance to win $5,000.
But before the drawdown began, a steak dinner was served and BRHS football coach Kevin Smith took to the podium to introduce his coaching staff.
Along with the staples like Martae Wyckoff, Cody Glenn and Wes Tate, Smith had a lot of new introductions to make as he said the Wildcats had to replace virtually their entire ninth-grade staff while also hiring three new positions at the varsity level. Smith started by introducing Levi Wilson, the new halfbacks and inside receivers coach, as well as talking about the hiring of a potential new offensive line coach. The Wildcats are in search of a new O-line coach after the departure of Jeremy Phillips, who was hired as Horseshoe Bend’s head coach two months ago.
New defensive coordinator John Fussell, who takes over for Steve Burkhalter, was also introduced by Smith.
“I can’t wait till you get to know him,” Smith told the crowd. “He’s really good at what he does, and I think he’s going to bring a lot of energy to our defense. Not that we haven’t had any, but I really like what I’m seeing.”
Smith also took the time to thank the crowd for its support, as the drawdown dinner is the quarterback club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“It just kind of overwhelms me this community continues to come and support us,” Smith said. “We were talking (Tuesday) morning to the kids about being entitled. That’s a word that gets thrown around, but I think our kids do a really good job of appreciating it. We live in a place that really supports our athletics, and I just really believe this is one of the best places to be. I could go on all night about that.”
The drawdown featured each person getting a door prize and the winner having a chance to earn $5,000. Once the drawdown got down to the final three people, Lindsay Meacham, Neal Watts and Bill Hendrix decided to split the final prize.