Sam Dewey has a Triton Central football record Levi Dewey wants.
An innocuous statement for sure but add the context that the record holder is Levi Dewey’s older sister, Samantha, and it adds intrigue.
Triton Central head coach Tim Able has had the luxury of utilizing Samantha Dewey, Cole Dewey, Rachel Dewey and now Levi Dewey to kick extra points and field goals during his 10-year tenure. Soccer is their first love but all have been vital parts of Able’s 86 wins in Fairland over almost 10 full seasons.
“Both Samantha and Rachel were really consistent,” said Able this week. “And Sam has the record for most PATs (points-after-touchdowns) in a row.”
Levi Dewey will tell you he is the best kicker of the quartet and he has the added role of being a starting defensive back for a top-10 ranked team.
“I will have to say me,” Levi said when asked who in the ultra-competitive family is the best kicker. “My brother didn’t get the spotlight like my sisters did because he wasn’t a girl but he was just as good.
“I think I have that (distinction) in the bag. I am more well-rounded. They didn’t do kickoffs.”
Eight games into this season, Dewey has converted 23 of 26 PATs and 5 of 6 field goal attempts to total 38 points for his team – third best behind senior receiver Brad Schultz and junior running back Ray Crawford.
The youngest of Eric and Elizabeth Dewey’s family grew up at Triton Central football games. Now he is the one shining on his own on Friday nights.
“Since I was a kid, I always came to the games,” he said after helping Triton Central defeat Beech Grove, 27-7, with three PATs and an interception – his team-leading third of the season. “It would be freezing and I would be playing over on the side, playing with my friends and watching football. I never really played football until seventh grade. I wasn’t allowed to with my soccer team. So seventh grade, I was able to play. The first day I came out and loved it and have pursued it ever since.”
While the Deweys have left their mark on the football program at Triton Central, their family name is more well-known in the soccer world.
Samantha Dewey is the state record holder for career goals scored – boys or girls – and there is not a close second. She played collegiately at Xavier University and then played professionally in Europe.
Cole Dewey played a year of collegiate soccer at Georgetown College (Ky.) before finishing his academic track at Ball State University. He just recently finished an internship with Indy Eleven – Indianapolis’ professional soccer team.
Rachel Dewey is a graduate student at Xavier and a midfielder for the Musketeers’ 11-2-2 squad that is unbeaten in six Big East contests (5-0-1).
Levi Dewey will follow a similar track. He currently plays soccer with Indiana Fire Pro Academy, a highly-competitive club soccer program that is helping him draw Division I collegiate interest.
“If I don’t get the (soccer) offers I want, I feel like I could pursue (football) but it’s not my first goal,” he said. “My first goal is to play soccer and move past college and go professional like my sister did.”
So is Levi Dewey a soccer player playing football or a football player that is really good at soccer?
“My parents have always just told me I’m an athlete,” he explained. “I think I’m more of a soccer player playing football … but I really enjoy it.”
Levi’s goal is to repeat as an All-State kicker and he is on track for that honor despite sharing kicking duties this season with senior Brogan Winslow.
Summer surgery for an injury caused Dewey to miss football workouts and Winslow emerged as a viable alternative. Early in the season, the two split the kicking duties.
Winslow is 13-for-13 on PATs this season. Able has already designated the senior to handle the first kickoff for Triton Central tonight against Speedway during Senior Night at Mendenhall Field. The first PAT or short field goal also will be Winslow’s responsibility.
“I’m perfectly fine sharing with Brogan,” said Dewey. “He is a great kicker. He earned the spot over the summer when I had surgery and I wasn’t able to show up for the workouts. It’s also his senior year so I am fine with sharing with him.”
Having Dewey and Winslow on the roster together is almost an embarrassment of riches for Triton Central, who does not have a boys soccer program that can develop strong kickers.
From one of those young kids playing on the sidelines on Friday nights to the one catching the attention of the next wave of football players, Dewey hopes he is a quality representative for those balancing multiple sports simultaneously while maintaining high expectations for success.
“I hope I am a role model to little kids to see they can play different sports, and even if it isn’t their main sport, they can perform and show they are not just a kicker but can do things people say you can’t do,” he said with a smile.