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Mount Vernon QB Brady Ketchum learning to be a leader

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Mount Vernon sophomore Brady Ketchum gets ready to hand the ball off to junior Garrett Hormann on Sept. 14. Mount Vernon beat Maquoketa, 42-7. (Lauren McCollum/Mount Vernon junior)
Mount Vernon sophomore Brady Ketchum gets ready to hand the ball off to junior Garrett Hormann on Sept. 14. Mount Vernon beat Maquoketa, 42-7. (Lauren McCollum/Mount Vernon junior)

MOUNT VERNON — With his second season of football right around the corner, sophomore Brady Ketchum practiced a lot over summer to prepare for the upcoming year.

Workouts included scrimmaging other teams along with speed and agility training.

After Drew Adams, the Mustangs’ former starting quarterback, graduated there was a big role that needed to be filled. Last year was Ketchum’s first time being a quarterback on the freshman team and he fell completely in love with the position.

This year he has taken to the varsity level.

“Drew was a really good mentor,” Ketchum said, “and he’s taught me so much, anything from teaching me how to take a proper three-step drop to being a leader from the quarterback position.”

Being a younger player on a team with a lot of talented upperclassman, Ketchum’s mind-set going into the season was to help all of them the best he could and hopefully get some wins.

Ketchum was nervous stepping into this important role, but having a supportive community and teammates has helped him adjust.

“Brady knows the game of football really well,” said senior Andrew Louwagie. “He’s done a great job of stepping into a big leadership position for our team and is always working hard to get better.”

Growing up, Ketchum’s life has always been dominated by football. Having his dad as a coach and sister as a manager, Ketchum’s family is constantly either preparing for the football season or discussing it.

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The team’s goals this year are to win a district title and make it to the playoffs. The Mustangs are 1-4 — losing one game by forfeit — heading into Friday’s home game against Tipton.

“There’s nothing like Mustang football,” said Ketchum, who has completed 81 of 160 passes for 805 yards and six touchdowns. “It’s such a bonding experience different from anything I’ve ever done before.”

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