Bloomfield Brothers

The Bloomfield football team has four sets of brothers. They are Casey (#49) and Brock (#32) Jeannoutot, Ian (#22) and Owen (#64) Kuchar, Blake (#23) and Braeden (#17) Guenther and Jacob (#24) and Cody (#33) Smith.

They are a band of brothers. 

A team is a group of players, playing on the same side, playing for the same goal. Brothers are protectors of their siblings, connected not only through family, but through common interests and beliefs. 

The Bloomfield Bees have a football brotherhood. Eight of these football brothers are actually siblings, consisting of four sets of brothers. 

“Throughout the years, we’ve had many brothers pass through our program,” said football coach Matt Kuchar, who has been a part of the football program in Bloomfield for 18 years, in which the last 10 of them were as head coach. “The older brothers always push the younger brothers, and support them.”

What is different about this year, is that there are four different pairs of older and younger siblings on the team. Blake and Braeden Guenther, Jacob and Cody Smith, Ian and Owen Kuchar and Casey and Brock Jeannoutot are sibling duos who play together on the field. 

“The best thing about playing with my sibling, is that it makes me meaner, so then I play harder,” said Casey Jeannoutot. 

Coach Kuchar agreed and said, “Each brother will tell you that they are the better player.”

There are some freshmen new to the team, who have older siblings playing. The older boys don't hesitate to remind their little brothers who is superior, but it is all in fun. 

“He makes a good benchwarmer,” Jacob Smith joked about the position his younger brother Cody plays, and said, “But I am glad I get to watch him learn and be a part of that with him.”

When talking with the sibling duos, the younger brothers agreed that playing with their older siblings has pushed them harder. 

It's a sibling rivalry taken to the field, where an older brother wants to encourage and teach his younger brother to give his all, and in return the youngest wants to be good enough to have his brother’s respect, and eventually be able to beat him.

“It takes it to a higher level when they [siblings] practice and compete together at the same time,” said coach Kuchar.

A team works together on the field. Brothers have to work together on and off the field.  

Like all siblings, these young men have rivalries with each other, but they know that they are on the same team.

 Quarterback Braeden Guenther said, “When you are on opposite sides of the ball- you want to destroy each other, but when you are on the same side- you just want to do good with each other.”

When asked what the disadvantages of playing with your siblings were, Blake Guenther jokingly said, “I cant hit my brother, because he is the quarterback and the team needs him.”  

The sibling pairs look out for each other on and off the field. With their dedication to each other, and to the team, these brothers are looking forward to keeping the streak alive. 

“We are on 36, we want to make this number 37,” Guenther said, about having high hopes of making it into the playoffs and keeping the Bloomfield Bees’ streak alive.   

Coach Kuchar has called the whole team a family, and credits that for their future successes. This year he also has two boys on the team, and has been looking forward to this for 6 years.

“They are completely different players but both have a love for the game and the dedication to being successful. They push each other in the weight room because Ian refuses to let his brother out lift him,” Kuchar said about sons Ian and Owen.  

Kuchar has to have a parental mentality with a coach status and outlook. If something doesn't go right on the field, it gets brought home. 

“Their mom was worried about them at practice because neither one of them will back down if the other one gets mad,” said Kuchar. 

Kuchar is involved in every aspect of the process. He has to cheer on his two sons and remain supportive like a parent. Then it can get intense, according to him, when he has to talk about their mistakes and to correct them.

 

As a dad, Kuchar said, “I couldn't be happier for Owen to be able to have his brother to learn from, but also be able to play with. Ian is a leader and strong consistent player.” 

Having an older brother to learn from and look up to allows the younger players to learn from the best. The older siblings expect the younger siblings to give it their all, just like all the previous siblings who have played before. 

 Coach Kuchar said, “It will be a season that they will always remember. I know I will too!”