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Slinger's Middle Linebacker Leads By Example

Slinger High School senior Braydon Hayes is not looking for any attention or recognition. 

The middle linebacker leads the team in tackles, and also provides something special.

"Leadership, on and off the field," says Slinger head football coach Bill Jacklin. "He is all about the team...a very talented player and it is a special thing when you talk about leadership. Braydon leads by example, he brings that to our team."

Hayes is credited with 101 tackles, 12 solo tackles, 12 tackles for loss and two and a half sacks on the season. But it's not about him.

"We have been playing well together, and that's what it's all about," according to Hayes. "These guys are like brothers to me, I'll know them forever. We have been able to bond, and come together and I feel like it's paying off on the field as we try and keep it going."

Hayes was a big part of the Owls' 52-25 Level 2 win over Germantown, where the defense held the Warhawks to only 33 yards rushing.

"It was a good defensive win for us, our run defense was good and our offense really kept rolling. We'll need that same type of intensity in our next game. It will be a big test for us."

Slinger travels to Sun Prairie East Friday, November 3 in a Level 3 playoff game. The Cardinals have been where the Owls want to go...Madison. Their season ended at Camp Randall Stadium with a 38-17 loss to Franklin in the Division I State Championship game just two years ago.

"We are just looking at one game at a time, just getting the win and moving on," says Hayes. "We're trying to get to Level 4, it's big, our senior year...gotta make it."

There have been many highlights this season for the talented middle linebacker, including his 19-tackle outing against Homestead, and one sack. The senior finished with 18 tackles against West Bend East in the final regular season game.

But it's not about him, it's all about the team. Let's hope they continue winning, together.