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Bretts could have impact on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Travis Brett remembered when his sons, Andrew and Austin, began playing football.

“Andrew didn’t play flag football, but Austin did,” he said. “Andrew started playing when he was six for the 80-pound team, and Austin started in flags.

“I have been blessed to have two athletic sons. They are very different. Andrew has the perfect personality to be a quarterback, but Austin is more excitable and can be nastier.”

Father Brett will see his sons play on a high school football field together when the Roughies meet the Konkrete Kids in their annual Thanksgiving Day tilt at Al Erdosy Stadium Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

Andrew, a senior, will conclude a nearly two-year tenure as the Roughies’ starting quarterback. Despite having a torn ACL, Andrew will wear a knee brace to aid his play.

Austin, a freshman, has been the team’s long snapper, and he also has taken some snaps behind center.

The oldest Brett, however, has his own memories of the Thanksgiving Day game as he scored the winning touchdown in his senior year in the 1992 game.

“We won three district titles and two Colonial League titles when I played,” said Brett, who was a wingback and defensive end. “We were 12-0 one season and we couldn’t go to states because of the point system.

“But playing on Thanksgiving was the town’s Super Bowl. It was always the highlight of the year and there isn’t anything like it for a Catty player.”

Father Brett also has had the opportunity to coach his sons throughout their career in the Catty Youth football program. He currently is a JV coach, but he also coached them at the middle school level.

“I am glad that I was able to coach them when they were younger,” he said. “Andrew has always been with me. When he (Andrew) was in eighth grade, the team needed a quarterback and someone who could remember a lot of plays. We put Andrew in there and we ended up winning the championship with him at quarterback.”

Andrew has watched his younger brother progress through the years, as well as making his mark this season.

“He is a bit smaller than I am,” said Andrew about Austin who is listed as 5-5, 120. “But he always brings it hard. He has got in some varsity games as a quarterback and also as a long snapper. It was fun to see him out there.

“Hopefully, like I did, he’ll get two years as a quarterback.”

One of Andrew’s fondest memories of his younger brother was in a recent playoff game.

“In a playoff game, he (Austin) scooped up a fumble and ran it in for a score to win the game,” he said. “He will be able to do a lot of things with the varsity.”

Austin is thankful for his opportunity this season and anxious for his first Thanksgiving Day game.

“I am pretty excited to play in it,” said Austin. “It was a new experience for me to play varsity. Once I got comfortable, it was a fun experience. I was nervous at first, but once I took a few snaps I felt a lot better.”

Austin has his memorable moment of his brother.

“In the Northern Lehigh game last year, he (Andrew) scrambled out right and then ran back left and found a receiver in the end zone. That was a pretty exciting moment for me.”

He would like to mold his game after his older brother.

“He is my older brother and I have always looked up to him,” said Austin. “He (Andrew) is a good player and a good person. He always has helped me, and it will be fun playing with him on Thanksgiving.