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FULLY ENGAGED: Broncos' Lynch finds focus in football's challenges

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
 Cameron Lynch is Brookwood’s leading tackler. An AP and honors student, he will play football next year at Syracuse. 

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips Cameron Lynch is Brookwood’s leading tackler. An AP and honors student, he will play football next year at Syracuse. 

SNELLVILLE — This conversation has grown tiresome, at least for Cameron Lynch.

We’ve hit the high points. We’ve talked about football. And school. And college. And Advanced Placement classes.

THE LYNCH FILE

Who: Cameron Lynch

School: Brookwood

Class: Senior

Sport: Football

Favorite athlete: Rennie Curran

Favorite movie: “The Wood”

Dream job: Mechanical engineer

Noteworthy:

• Second in county with 106 tackles

• Scored a 4 (out of 5) on AP Physics exam

• Maintains a 3.76 GPA with three AP classes and one honors class

• Committed to Syracuse

It’s been a long week and this practice wasn’t the easiest.

Lynch and his Broncos have a big game coming up and big goals now seem tangible. These are not new questions for Lynch and he’s answered them in some way to other people before.

But he continues, sans overt enthusiasm.

Of all things, Lynch is polite to a degree found rarely in high school seniors. He makes a point to introduce himself, though his 5-foot-11, 215-pound size make him easy to identify. And even if his attention appears to wane, he never becomes dismissive or withdrawn.

He’s just not interested.

Lynch just wants a new challenge. It’s how he has racked up 106 tackles this season. It’s why he is near the top in the county in tackles for the second consecutive season. It’s why he takes three Advanced Placement classes and honors language arts.

“I just want something new,” Lynch said. “Something to keep me going.”

Playing football keeps Lynch engaged.

Lynch has almost always played defense. He prefers the slight anonymity it provides and the opportunity it gives him to face a different challenge every play. He would get bored with the repetition of offensive plays.

“I’ve always been a defensive guy,” he said. “I would rather leave (scoring) to the (offensive) guys that try to be sweet.”

The senior tries so hard to cast the attention away from him that before the season, when his teammates voted him a team captain, he asked head coach Mark Crews to award it to someone else.

“I really wanted someone else (to be captain),” he said. “I didn’t want to be in the limelight too much.”

Crews convinced Lynch the vote of his peers obligated him to accept the responsibility and the head coach credits Lynch as a major contributor to the Broncos’ on-field and off-field renaissance this season.

“The other things that he brings to the team are just as important as his talents,” Crews said. “He’s one of our elected captains. He, along with a lot of other kids, led the way with the change in that direction.”

Lynch approaches his life like he does football.

His AP class schedule is no farce. He scored a 4 (out of 5) on the AP Physics exam and that’s not even his favorite class. He prefers AP Calculus for the puzzles the advanced math it offers. And he keeps his grades at an A level.

“He’s got a 3.7 GPA in classes I couldn’t spell when I was in high school,” Crews said of his linebacker.

Lynch spent his early childhood living in Long Beach, Calif. He spent his summers with his father, Sean, near Houston, and that is where he first put on shoulder pads. There the challenges began.

A “husky” 7-year-old, Lynch was forced to play against the 10-year-olds when he started.

“It gave me the edge (later on),” Lynch said.

His mother moved him to Snellville when he was in sixth grade, forcing the budding adolescent to make new friends while adjusting to a new life in a starkly different area of the country. The only thing he misses about Long Beach is the weather.

His curiosity guided Lynch to a Syracuse football commitment. Living in northern New York will give him a new social experience while he adjusts to the weather and the rigors of college football.

“I’ll get the different culture of the north, so it will be a good experience,” he said. “It’s going to be cold so I’ll have to get ready for it.”

Judging by how he adjusts on the field and so far in his life, getting ready won’t be a problem.