All-County Football: Small School Offense
Fri. December 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. | By Solange Reyner
Victory QB Demeitre Brim and Santa Fe QB B.J. Knauf (Photo by Pierre Ducharme | THE LEDGER)
By SOLANGE REYNER
For Demeitre Brim and B.J. Knauf, every Friday night this season became an evening to prove the doubters wrong.
Both wanted it known that athletes from small schools were competitive enough to play Division I football.
Week in and week out, they didn't disappoint, and both put up spectacular numbers for their teams: Brim for Victory Christian, Knauf for Santa Fe Catholic.
For their performances, Brim and Knauf are the 2011-12 PolkPreps.com small school offensive co-players of the year.
Knauf, a senior quarterback who also played safety, finished with 1,769 yards rushing, 861 passing and 33 total touchdowns.
He also had 90 tackles.
He's committed to play for Purdue next season.
Brim, who missed the first three games of the season because of a broken jaw, had 1,241 yards rushing, 607 passing and 20 total touchdowns and helped Victory to a Class 2A state semifinals appearance.
The senior quarterback has committed to play for Virginia in 2012.
Brim, who also played in the secondary, had four interceptions.
If it wasn't for their parents, Brim and Knauf might be at different schools.
Brim transferred from Haines City to Victory Christian after his sophomore year because his parents wanted him to have a private-school education.
Knauf, who initially wanted to attend Winter Haven, was enrolled at Santa Fe Catholic by his mother for the same reason.
Playing at a smaller program was difficult at times. But it pushed both athletes to stand out.
"A lot of people would always tell me you can't compete at the next level," Knauf said. "I took that personal, and I wanted to shut everyone up."
Added Brim: "The fact that I will play college football shows that you don't have to go to a top-level high school program. It's an honor and a blessing to know I have a future in the sport I love."