Located in Columbia, Missouri, Battle High School first opened its doors in 2013. In that short time span, the Spartans’ varsity football program has already established itself as a state power.
Not surprisingly, Brevinn Tyler was Battle’s starting quarterback in each of the past four seasons.
“I think what I’m most proud of is setting a winning atmosphere at Battle,” Tyler said. “Setting that trend so people know that Battle football is a successful program and has been from the very start. It was a fun ride. I definitely enjoyed it a lot.”
Heading into his freshman year in 2013, Tyler already was determined to make an impact. “When I first heard Battle was opening, my goal was to be the starting quarterback right away,” he said. “A lot of people were like, ‘There’s no way you can do that.’ I was able to do it and I thought it was really cool.”
The Spartans were not eligible for the playoffs in their first year of existence, but they won a state championship the following season. “To go win a state championship as a sophomore, it was pretty crazy,” Tyler said. “I was just thinking about playing on my own team. I wasn’t thinking about winning a state championship and we were able to go and do that.”
With Tyler under center, Battle advanced to the state semifinals in 2015 and they made the semis again this past season. “Looking back now, I’m really happy about it,” he said. “I’m really glad that we were able to set high goals for ourselves and achieve them. I would say sophomore year I was a little bit surprised, just with our team as a whole. But I feel like we had really good leaders on that team. The senior class was very good and they set a really good example of how to practice and how to approach a different opponent week in and week out.”
Tyler grew into a tremendous leader for the Spartans, and he gives big credit to NFA. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder started training with Coach Dub Maddox, Coach Jonny Ulibarri and NFA as a sixth grader.
“Technique-wise, they did a lot for my arm speed and gave me a system where I can constantly evaluate myself,” Tyler said. “When something was going wrong, I knew how to fix it. But I think the biggest impact on me as a young man, just growing up, was constantly hearing Coach Maddox saying, ‘It’s not about you, it’s not about you. It’s about the people around you.’
“I think I really embraced that, especially this year, the senior year. I was making sure it was not about me, it’s not about what I can do to show college coaches what I can do. It’s really about how can I put my team in the best position to win? It’s really serving your guys. NFA says that all the time, you have to serve the people around you before you can get what you want. I think that’s really the biggest thing.”
As a senior this past season, Tyler passed for 2,600 yards, rushed for 1,602 yards and accounted for 56 touchdowns while leading Battle to a 14-1 record.
The dual-threat quarterback is looking forward to taking his game to the collegiate level. “I have eight scholarship offers right now and I’ll be playing somewhere,” he said. “I definitely believe I can play in college and I’m taking this whole month for college visits. I think I have a good skill set and versatility as an athlete. If I’m not playing quarterback, I can play somewhere else.”