Jeannette’s Briston making mark as sophomore tackle
Tremayne Briston, a sophomore at Jeannette High School, has been playing football since he was 6 years old with Jeannette Midgets, but he didn’t always love the sport.
His mother, Rosetta Briston, encouraged him to join the Midget squad, but “I wasn’t a fan at first. But I started to like it,” he said.
Briston, who plays the tackle position on both sides of the ball, said one of the things he likes most about football is seeing the effort he puts in paying off on the field.
“It’s really just working hard and hard work pays off,” he said.
Briston has played tackle for much of his football career, with brief stints here and there at guard. He likes tackle, though, and said he prefers defense because, “you get to hit people and get to release everything.”
When the team beat Greensburg Central Catholic this season, that was Briston’s favorite memory so far. It was the first time in his short high school career that the Jayhawks had beaten GCC and he enjoyed being a part of that.
“It’s a good rivalry and we wanted to show everyone that we have a good line. We want people to know what Jayhawk football is all about.”
He works most closely with coach Jeremey Binakonsky, the offensive line coach, and the two have a good relationship.
“He’s good to work with and if you have problems, if you need help with anything, he helps.”
Head coach Roy Hall is a role model for Briston.
“He’s a good role model. He is always after me about my grades. School comes first.”
Briston said Hall reminds him that he is a student athlete and that the student portion of that title comes first.
On the field, Hall helps Briston “with my hands coming off the ball. It’s hands first,” and watching the hands tells him which way to go after the ball.
As a team, this group works hard Briston said.
“When it comes to playing, we all take it seriously,” he said. “We’re all brothers. We want to go far this year. We work as hard as we can.”
This year, some of the younger players have emerged as leaders on this team and Briston said, as an underclassman, he looks up to the juniors and seniors. They are showing him the way, a way he intends to show younger players one day.
The Jayhawks won the first playoff matchup last week and are headed into another playoff round tomorrow night.
“It’s all coming together,” said Briston. “We (took) the first game real serious because we didn’t make it last year. We are just coming ready to play and we don’t take nothing for granted. We play hard until the end of the fourth quarter.”
After high school, Briston hopes to attend college and play football at the next level.
“I’m just trying to work hard to see what comes in the future,” he said.
He hasn’t decided what he would like to study in college and said right now he just wants to play.
“I haven’t thought of anything else yet, but it’s starting to get to that point (that I have to decide),” he said.
Briston is the son of Rosetta Briston and is the brother of Tamara, Tiffany, Tia and Tavon. He’s in the middle — two siblings have graduated from Jeannette and he’s next.
“Thank you to Coach Hall for making me work hard and pushing me to get my grades up,” he said. “Thank you to my mom for keeping me in school and being a good role model.”
Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 724-838-5154.