Senior linebacker for the Bartlesville Bruins Ashton Lydon always tries to lead by example. As a senior Lydon knows that it is his job to set the tone for younger players whether it is on or off the field. And over the past four years Lydon has been very effective at doing so.
“I try to provide leadership by always being the guy that people can look at to see what hard work and dedication can do,” Lydon said.
For Lydon, hard work pays off, and he and the Bruins have been seeing the results of their efforts this season. The Bruin senior and his team is currently coming off a hard fought victory in the first round of the Class 6A-II playoffs. On Friday Bartlesville topped Lawton 36-30 in a thrilling overtime game. The Bruins now advance to the quarterfinals where they’ll take on the Pioneers of Stillwater.
As a linebacker, and leader of the defensive unit, Lydon said he has always looked up to Ray Lewis and has tried to model his game after the Ravens Hall of Famer.
While Lydon loves competing on the gridiron, and has been playing football since the first grade, one aspect of the game that he really appreciates is the bonds he’s been able to form with teammates.
“I have to say my favorite part about being on the team is the friendships and brotherhood I’ve made with my teammates,” Lydon said.
Over the years Lydon has created many great memories through Bruin football. One such moment occurred this past summer.
“My favorite memory as a Bruin was our Pitt State camp over the summer and hanging out with teammates in the dorms,” Lydon said.
As Lydon’s senior year begins to draw to a close he has begun planning for life after high school.
“I plan on going to Oklahoma State University and majoring in sports management so I can stay in the world of sports after high school,” Lydon said.
For now, though, he and the Bruins are preparing for a showdown with Stillwater and a chance to advance to the semi finals.
Photographs courtesy of Gammys Bartlesville Pics