""Little" Ralphie has some big expectations -- for himself and for the Brentwood football team.
"Ralphie" is the nickname Spartans senior lineman John Schmitt earned when he was much younger. It should come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the movie "A Christmas Story" that Schmitt was given the name because of a resemblance, at that time, to the main character in that film.
"My family thought I looked like that kid, gave me the name, and it transitioned into high school," Schmitt said.
Generously listed at 5 feet 11, Schmitt played bigger than his size along the Brentwood offensive and defensive lines last season when he was an All-Black Hills Conference selection.
"He's not very tall," said Brentwood running back Justin Vickless, "but he plays like he's a big dude.""