Athlete of the week ahead for Brighton second year football

Devlin McGinnis had a lot on his shoulders when, as a second year, he was Brighton’s chosen player to fill the void left by Michael Kramer, Livingston County Boys’ Football Player of the Year last year.

McGinnis isn’t on pace to rack up the 21 goals Kramer scored last season, but he’s showing the knack for scoring big goals that Kramer provided.

In Brighton’s back-to-back 1-0 wins over Canton and Plymouth, McGinnis scored the only goal in each game.

“He’s really the trigger for our attack,” said Brighton manager Mark Howell. “It was good to give him confidence and roll him on the scoreboard and win a few games for the team.”

Brighton were 0-2-2 before securing two 1-0 wins that started a four-game winning streak.

McGinnis had three goals and four assists last season, justifying Howell’s decision to bring him to college as a rookie.

“Especially in men’s football, there’s such a physical gap between freshmen and seniors,” Howell said. “A lot of times you have good, talented players and they’re not physically ready. He is someone who arrived with his skills already there. He was physically a bit bigger kid who could handle the rigors of playing college football right away.

In 10th grade, McGinnis is considered one of the leaders of the team.

“He has a dynamic personality,” Howell said. “He’s quite the character, too. The team really rallies around him, even at his young age, to be a leader on the pitch. With his game, he did a good job of achieving that.

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