Millers keep teammate in their hearts
‘Ty’ Brown, who died in ’15, ‘never going to be forgotten’
When Milford Mill running back Troy Scott scored the winning touchdown Friday night at Dundalk, he said he felt the presence of his late teammate Tyree Brown II right there with him.
“I knew he was out there on the field with me. When I scored, I just felt him. He was right there hugging me, so it was really emotional,” Scott said after his 7-yard run gave the Millers a 27-22 upset win over the Owls, who were state finalists last season.
Scott isn’t the only Miller who believes Brown, who died in December at age 16 after being hit by a car, is still part of this year’s team.
At their first home game, Millers captains Shawntay Thomas, Marcel Allen, Nicholas White and Darrien LaBoo carried Brown’s No. 7 jersey with them onto the field for the coin toss. Brown’s name appears on Milford Mill’s 2016 roster with a star beside it for captain.
“It brings back memories of him playing,” said White, a lineman, “and it just brings the extra energy that we need and that extra motivation. We’re playing for him. This whole season we dedicated to Ty.”
Milford Mill coach Reggie White, Nicholas’ father, said the idea of having Brown’s jersey at the captains meeting came from offensive line coach Greg Hargis.
“He thought it would be awesome if we took his jersey out to represent Ty, that he’s never going to be forgotten,” said Reggie White. “We’ll do that for every home game. No one is going to wear No. 7 until the fall of 2018. Ty would have graduated in summer 2018, so no one’s going to wear No. 7 for the next two years. He’ll be with us and everybody has ‘TB,’ for Ty Brown, on their helmet.” Annapolis heats up: While some football teams had their games moved around last week and others didn’t play at all because of various problems pertaining to the heat, Annapolis played twice.
The No. 14 Panthers played Meade on Milford Mill captains Nicholas White (52), Darrien LaBoo (55), Shawntay Thomas (5) and Marcel Allen (34) carry the No. 7 jersey of their teammate Tyree Brown II, who died after being hit by a car in December, at the captains meeting during the season opener Sept. 3. Tuesday in a game rescheduled from Sept. 2, because of a possible staph infection at Meade the previous week. Then, after just three days of practice, Annapolis played Southern on Saturday.
None of that bothered the Panthers, who won the games by a combined score of 121-23.
Not that he’d do it again, but coach Nick Good-Malloy said the experience wasn’t as bad as it might sound.
“I think, all in all, there were a lot of positives to be taken away from it because a lot of our preseason practices were truncated due to heat,” he said, “so getting a few extra practices in was beneficial before playing that first game. People were asking if I was upset, but I actually thought those extra practices were very helpful.”
He praised the players for adjusting to the schedule change, especially with the quick turnaround and the hot conditions for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game. The game had been moved from Friday to Saturday morning to give the Panthers an extra day of practice, but ACT exams were scheduled in the morning, bumping the game to the afternoon.
“We really focused a lot on managing their energy throughout the days and spoke to them a lot about nutrition, hydration and rest, because it was a balancing act between wanting to prepare and … not wanting to run the guys into the ground,” said the coach.
Senior safety Trey Gross said he had never played two football games in five days before but that the team was ready by kickoff Saturday.
“The whole time we were going through adversity with the heat, so we were already getting used to adjusting to certain things,” Gross said. “We had to have a lot more hydration and adjust certain routines than we might have during the week. We thought we were pretty prepared. We’re not perfect, but we thought we were ready.” Ravens RISE game moves west: There’s still time to vote in this week’s Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown. The contenders for this week’s visit from Poe and a few Ravens cheerleaders as well as a $1,000 donation to both schools’ athletics departments are Francis Scott Key vs. Walkersville, Liberty vs. Williamsport and Frederick vs. Tuscarora, all at 7 p.m. Friday.
To vote, go to the high school sports page at baltimoresun.com/varsity. Voting ends tonight at 7.