The year was 1983, and Tom Tupa was about to quarterback the Brecksville Bees to their first state football championship. Brecksville would go on to win that game 12-6 over Celina. Tupa would parlay that title into a four year career at Ohio State, and an eighteen year career in the NFL.
What became of Brecksville football in the last 30 years?
Brecksville has seen its share and ups and downs over the past 30 years since Tupa's graduation. There have been a couple of playoff appearances since then, but not really a team to get excited about to the degree it was in 1983. Starting two years ago, Brecksville has started to put things back together. The revival has been led by three names that should ring a bell to most football fans of the Cleveland area:
Tommy, Timmy, and Tyler Tupa
Yes, the three sons of Tom have made quite an impression at Brecksville-Broadview Hts High School. The fun may just be beginning. Two of the sons (Timmy and Tyler) still have some years left to cement their legacy.
Tommy Tupa.... A three year starter for the Bees, Tommy graduated last year as Brecksville's all-time leading passer. He threw for over 6000 yards and 53 touchdowns in his three years. He was also a basketball player, averaging 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists a game. A Top 100 prospect in the state of Ohio, Tommy is currently a freshman quarterback at the University of Miami. It probably helped that Tom Sr. is currently the offensive coordinator for the Bees. A fact that isn't lost on the eldest of the Tupa boys:
The only reason I’m here today is because of him,” Tommy said about his father’s role in giving him the opportunity to play college football. “He looks up drills for me and has always pushed me to be the best I can be.
Timmy Tupa.... Timmy Tupa is also a three year starter for the Bees. The last two years he was the main target of his brother Tommy, hauling in 67 passes for over 1000 yards last season. This year, he has moved to quarterback and hasn't missed a beat. He has Brecksville off to a 2-0 start with wins over Holy Name and North Royalton. Against Holy Name, Timmy completed 11-17 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown pass and a touchdown run against North Royalton. He is looking to get the Bees back to the state playoffs in Division II after missing the playoffs the last two years. He is also the point guard on the basketball team, and is a Top 100 prospect in the state at both sport. He is currently being recruited by the likes of Colgate, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame College, and Mount Union.
Tyler Tupa.... Tyler Tupa is the youngest of the boys, but the sophomore may be the one with the most potential. A starting wide receiver on the football team, he leads the team in receptions after two games, and also has scored a touchdown. He wears #19, the same number his father wore at Ohio State. As a freshman last year, he STARTED on the varsity basketball team, on their way to a 20 win season. Who knows what the future may hold for Tyler, but he has shown the potential to be as good, if not better, than his two older brothers.
So how good is Brecksville football now?
Pretty good is the answer. More will be known after Friday night, when the Bees take on Hudson, currently ranked 9th in the Cleveland area. A win over Hudson will greatly improve the Bees chances of making the state playoffs.
It only took a familiar last name to get Brecksville football back to where it wants to be.