Vienna, OH (WYTV) – Senior Bryan Leipply will go down as one of the most dominant running backs in the history of the football program…leading the Mustangs to back to back playoff appearances. Not only that, but he’s a standout in the classroom and community, making him a perfect fit for our Student Athlete of the Week.
“I’m gonna run north and south and just try to tackle me,” said Leipply.
Bryan has run over the competition the past four years at Mathews, setting six school rushing records in the process. And guess who he models his game after?
“Oh Jerome Bettis,” he said. “Definitely, definitely Jerome Bettis…I mean, a straightforward runner, a big guy.”
Bryan was a two-way standout at Mathews, racking up over 4,000 yards rushing, and 366 tackles, while leading the Mustangs to 14 wins the past two years.
“It’s just a building block of what this program can become,” he said. “We started off 1-9 my freshman year and to build up to 7-2, which is a pretty good season. It was great to have a building program.”
Bryan is also a standout in the classroom, carrying a 3.7 GPA and serving as President of National Honors Society and the Student Body.
“When you think of student athlete, student comes before athlete. So there’s a reason why there’s a GPA requirement to be on the field because it should be preached that way. There’s always time to study, studies come first.
Bryan plans to maintain that work ethic in college. He’ll major in Pre-Med and hopefully play football, but he’ll never forget where it all started.
“Definitely, Mathews has instilled something in me that will be with me for the rest of my life. So I’m proud to have spent it here.”