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Hudson serious about flag

Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Ken Jackson
Sports Editor

Despite that flag football is not a sport where college scholarships are available, and many players at the high school level are better athletes in other sports they compete in at the same time, flag football is very serious business.


It gets real serious when the Harmony squad, winners of multiple district titles and regional playoff games who made back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2016-17, takes the field.

Longhorns Coach Paul Strauch is very serious in his role. So it helps to have young players like Bryn Hudson, who made a name for herself as a sophomore for that 2017 team.

Last year, she was as serious on the field as her coach was on the sideline, and her numbers backed that up.

News-Gazette Photo/Martin MaddockBryn Hudson scored 11 touchdowns for Harmony’s flag football team in 2018 as the Longhorns went 11-1 and played for the district championship.



Hudson scored 11 touchdowns in her junior season, including the only one in a 6-0 win over rival St. Cloud that earned Harmony another hard-fought Orange Belt Conference, and snagged five interceptions on defense (one of those TDs was on an interception return).

Considering that the Longhorns did not have the services of three-year starting quarterback Shae Herman this year (she’d graduated), an offensively-gifted player like Hudson would have to pick up the slack on offense if Harmony would have playoff success again.

She did, in a serious way, and her work made her the Osceola News-Gazette Flag Football Player of the Year.

Yeah, it gets serious when Coach Strauch shows up, but it’s always been serious because getting to the state finals has set a tone for us,” Hudson said. “We were sad to see Shae go, but we were still excited for what we were able to accomplish last season.”

As a Longhorn, Hudson has played three years of both volleyball and flag football, but called volleyball her training for football. Once on the gridiron last spring, Hudson hardly came off the field and led on both offense and defense, Strauch said.

“She was building as a leader this year, big time,” he said. “This year she became a little more vocal, and made sure everybody knew what they needed to know.

“Defensively she had more help, but offensively she set the tone. With a new sophomore quarterback (Baylee Richards), Bryn had to make more plays and put more of the game on her shoulders.”

Naturally, Hudson said she was more serious on offense.

“I love defense, but offense has become my thing,” she said. “I could sense I started to draw other team’s best defenders, so I’ve had to move around in the formation to get the space I need to make plays.”

Despite her efforts, Harmony fell to Jones in the District A-10 final to Jones, 7-0, the Longhorns’ only 2018 loss.

“That game was hard, especially because we had beaten them in the regular season,” Hudson said. “But I’m excited because I have one more year.

“We’re certainly coming back with the plan to win districts next year and get to the playoffs.”

And she sounds serious.

All-County Flag Football
Player of the Year:
Bryn Hudson (HHS, Jr.)
All-county team: Harmony: Brooke Barber, Adrianna Rodriguez, Taitiyana Taylor, Jenna Butcofski. St. Cloud: Rakela Cummings, Jada Nieves, Elly Schmidt. Celebration: Selena Rivera, Gabby Suarez. Osceola: Taylor Stelley, Alex Dodenhoff. Liberty: Kaylin Moran, Mya Faneitty. Poinciana: Kayla Russell.