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Schmit relished the underdog role as Falls football team improved to 7-3

Linebacker earns All-Suburban nod

Nov. 25, 2012

Menomonee Falls - His coach John Baker calls Menomonee Falls NOW All-Suburban linebacker Brian Schmit: "a football player, pure and simple."

Schmitt prefers to call it just having fun.

"I've been playing football since seventh grade (in the Junior Indians program) and I've always been a linebacker," he said. "I like the feeling of finding the running back in the open field and making the big hit."

The 6-1, 185-pound Schmit and the Indians had a lot of fun this fall, as they emerged from the shadows to record a much better than expected 7-3 record, including a dynamic upset of then-unbeaten Sussex Hamilton as well as critical wins over such Greater Metro Conference rivals Marquette and Brookfield Central.

They finished just inches away from a share of the GMC title.

Defense leads the way

At the heart of that effort was a ball-hawking, run-to-the-ball defense led by Schmit and fellow All-GMC selections Rajaee Vasser (linebacker) and Cole Hernikl (defensive back).

It was a unit that was a match for everyone on its slate except for Southeast champ Oak Creek (9-1), GMC champ Brookfield East (10-1) and powerful state playoff opponent Kimberly (10-1).

"It was a lot of fun playing this year, we really had a gas," Schmit said. "We had a lot of seniors on the team and we had really good chemistry. In a lot of those games we were the underdog but we worked together and got the big wins. That was very satisfying."

Schmit saw his best talents as being able to track down the ball and being able to shed blockers.

Skills which Baker said he used to great advantage.

"The best defensive player on our team," Baker said. "He is very aggressive and explosive. He is a tough kid who played bigger than he is. He is one of the toughest players I have ever coached. His motor never stops."

College offers coming in

Schmit would like to continue that trend into college. Letters are starting to come in expressing interest, but he is undecided as to what to do just yet. He is also a third baseman/pitcher the defending Greater Metro Conference champion Indians baseball team and will first try to lead them to another title this summer.

He is the ultimate teammate.

"I love every one of these guys on this team," he said after the season-closing playoff loss to Kimberly. "I had a blast this year."

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