October 6, 2009
FNL: Michael Brown
Birmingham Brother Rice rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit to defeat Dearborn Divine Child High School 35-22 on Friday. The game was an intense and exciting battle with neither team hindering from the cold weather.
Initially, Brother Rice started the game very flat. The offense could not gain any offensive yardage, and they ended the first quarter with three consecutive three and out drives. Brother Rice started the second quarter strong however, scoring on their first offensive drive. Divine Child was able to answer on their very next offensive drive tying the game at 7-7. With mere seconds remaining in the second quarter, Divine Child's quarterback Marty Mitchell completed a pinpoint accurate pass to Jeremy Shay for a 26 yard touchdown.
The play seem to put all the momentum in favor of Divine Child heading into the second half, however, Brother Rice was able to maintain their composure under the leadership of senior defensive back Michael Brown. Brown helped Brother Rice score three consecutive touchdowns in the second half to take command of the game.
Brown's stat line of 8 total tackles and three pass deflections may not catch viewer's eye, but the intangibles he brought to the field for Brother Rice was immensely valuable.
"I didn't play my best game individually, but I just wanted to do whatever I could to get this victory. We battled back and won the game so I'm happy."
Standing 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Brown is starting to receive attention from a lot of MAC schools.
"Currently, I'm getting recruited by Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, and Illinois State". Brown also indicated that he does not currently have a favorite at this time.
"Right now I've really just been focused on this season. Hopefully after I visit some schools on my list I will have my top school".
He also explained that his primary strength as a player is his lock down coverage skills.
"I would say I am a good coverage defender. I'm good at keeping pace with receivers and making plays on the ball".
Although Brown has received interest from Central, he has yet to receive an official scholarship offer.
"I have spoken to the coaches a couple of times, but I haven't received an offer yet though".
Brown remains optimistic that a potential offer could come if he continues playing at a high level.
"Central has a good team, so I could definitely see myself playing for them, but I can't control that now. I can only control how I play on the field, and if I continue to play at a high level maybe I will get an offer from them and other schools".
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