OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week: Brown

Amerious Brown
Staff Writer

For an athlete like Choctaw County’s Amerious Brown, football just comes natural.

Brown was playing basketball and running track before he was convinced to come play for coach Ben Ashley on the gridiron. His speed is something that not many players possess and fit perfectly into what Ashley wanted to do with his Wing-T offense.

Early on, the coach wasn’t sure what kind of impact Brown could make on the team.

“He gave football a try in the spring and was a little off,” Ashley said. “I watched the spring game the other day and he was running with the junior varsity. He was confused and not really sure of himself. Lo and behold, he’s back out there against East Webster and the first time I hand him the ball, he went 28 yards. I could tell he had a burst.”

Brown rushed four times in that opening game for 60 yards before catching a cramp. Getting him in football shape has been the biggest challenge because when he’s on the field, he’s making plays.

In the second game against Winona, he had a coming out party rushing 15 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns but had just nine carries the next two games total.

Ashley still continues to bring him along slowly.

“It’s been a long time since he understood what football does to you,” Ashley said. “He’s picking up on it each week. I don’t want to get him banged up. He’s going to be the guy.”

He was certainly the guy last week.

Against Aberdeen in Class 3A, Region 4 play, Brown had just nine attempts but amassed a career-high 191 yards and two touchdowns. He was chosen OCH Athlete of the Week for that production.

For the year, Brown is up to 682 yards rushing but only 61 carries averaging an amazing 11.2 yards per rush.

Brown is slowly coming along, but he enjoys getting on the field and helping his team any way he can.

“It feels good," Brown said. "I hate that I missed out last year. I like to run the ball a lot because speed is my strength.”

Brown will have to be at the forefront if Choctaw County is to make a run this season and Ashley believes he can begin to get the football to him 20-25 times by the end of the season to make him the team’s bell cow.

There have been some ups and downs in the 5-2 start to the year for the Chargers, but they’re playing their best football to this point and stand alone in their division at 2-0 with three games to play.

“It’s all brand new to these kids,” Ashley said. “When we went to East Webster, we had 11 brand new starters in new spots. We’ve just gotten better every week and he’s been a big part of that. He has the ability to bounce that thing, get outside and score. That’s definitely a good thing in our offense.”