501 Football Team 2023: Josh Brooks – Lake Hamilton

When it comes to achieving success at the Class 6A level, perennial powerhouse Lake Hamilton understands that outsmarting your opponent is just as important as out-muscling them. 

Through a combination of mental toughness and brute strength, the Wolves are methodically planning their return to War Memorial Stadium, one game at a time. 

“Our goal this season is to make another great playoff run and take the state title,” senior defensive tackle Josh Brooks said. “With our coaches pushing us to sharpen not only our skills, but also our minds, I think we have a good chance to do it.”

“Josh works harder than anyone else on the field,” Lake Hamilton Head Coach Tommy Gilleran said. “Off the field, he helps his peers in the classroom and is involved in band, too. My expectations for him this season are to receive both All-Conference and All-State honors.”

As the Wolves’ only junior to start every game last season and one of the top tacklers in his class, Brooks takes pride in leading by example on and off the field. 

“I want to be remembered as the guy who never took a break and helped his team any way he could, no matter what the challenge was,” Brooks said. “I view each practice as a chance to get better and prove myself. By leading my team on both sides of the ball this season, I hope to show college scouts how great I am and earn a spot playing football at the next level.”