Thomas Brooks has made tackle after tackle after tackle for the East Webster Wolverines the last two years.
With a total of nearly 200 tackles during that span, Brooks has served notice that he's going to be around the football most of the time.
"I just try my best to get there first and be the one to get them," Brooks said.
The senior linebacker for the Wolverines has bought into the plan that coach Doug Wilson has plugged into the program over the past two seasons.
Wilson said Brooks has "a natural nose for the ball," and goes about his business without receiving a great deal of attention.
"He's very quiet and you don't even know he's on the practice field," Wilson said. "He's not a loud and verbal person. He acts the same whether he has 15 tackles, like he did Friday night, or four tackles."
Through 10 games this season for East Webster, Brooks has already reached the 90-tackle mark, so it appears he will go over 100 tackles for the second-consecutive year.
Wilson said the intelligence Brooks brings to the field is one of his strengths.
"He's smart and he's played (linebacker) for the second year now," Wilson said. "We give him the play sheets and he studies his notes."
Brooks probably will be concentrating a little harder this week because the opponent for the Wolverines is none other than the county rival Eupora Eagles. It's a game that could go a long way in determining the Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 championship.
East Webster brings records of 8-2 overall and 3-1 division into the matchup.
Brooks likes the way the season has gone to this point for the Wolverines.
"Our offense is getting better every day and our defense works hard too," Brooks said. "We've been staying late this week and practice as possible to get ready for our rival from across the country. Our goal this week is to beat Eupora."
Wilson said the players keep surprising the coaching staff with their effort and Brooks is right in the middle of it.
East Webster achieved its fourth shutout of the season in defeating Hamilton 24-0 last Friday and the defense has only allowed only 18 points in the last six games.
Brooks believes the Wolverines are playing their best defense of the season.
"We're solid," Brooks said. "We're just trying to get to the ball as fast as we can and that's what we do at practice. We read the ball and get to it as fast as we can. Coach Doug tells us to gang-tackle the ball and that's what we do."View more articles in: