Millers keep team­mate in their hearts

‘Ty’ Brown, who died in ’15, ‘never go­ing to be for­got­ten’

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ kdunnsun

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.

QUADRE VENEY SR.

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