By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Rushing for more than 1,000 yards in a single high school football season is no small feat. McNary High School alum Brett Hildebrand did it twice.
Hildebrand rose to become a pillar of the Celtic offense on the gridiron during his junior year and helped pave the way for a redefined Celtic offense under Head Coach Isaac Parker. This fall, he’s headed to play for the Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hills, Calif.
“Brett was always the workhorse of our team, but he kept the mood light with a positive attitude,” said Parker. “He’s one of the best running backs in the school’s recent history and the latest in a long line of strong running backs.”
The Viking football program has a reputation for attracting top talent and then helping its student-athletes move on to four-year colleges, Parker said.
Hildebrand hopes to find a spot as a running back at DVC, but he’s open to playing on both sides of the ball.
“I feel like that will increase my chances of coming back to Oregon in a couple of years,”
Hildebrand said. Hildebrand was also recruited by some local four-year programs, but the schools’ inability to offer scholarships hampered talks.
Despite many of the athletes on the Viking team still looking to move up into other programs, Hildebrand said he likes the team mentality in the program as a whole. Both Hildebrand’s parents attended DVC and he’ll be carrying on a legacy in that regard as well.
As for his time as a Celtic, Hildebrand said there was nothing like it.
“Sharing all the moments with my teammates was the best part. We rose and crumbled together and we had some of both,” he said.