Brown leads the charge toward title

Published 8:12 am Friday, November 20, 2009

ISLE OF WIGHT—From the beginning of training camp the first day of August up until Isle of Wight Academy’s first state playoff game on Monday, Daniel Brown’s mission has been to lead the Chargers to their fourth state championship in five years. IWA is on the brink of that achievement.

The Chargers (10-0) host Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the VISAA Division III state championship. Brown and the current group of Chargers experienced the state championship game two years ago, but most of them didn’t get a chance to play that year because of a dominant crop of seniors. Brown, who was the backup quarterback that year, had to sit out most of the season with a broken leg, which he sustained early in the campaign. Last year, the Chargers lost in the state semifinals.

“We are determined to do it,” Brown said after the Chargers’ 42-12 win over Fuqua School Monday night. “We have been a part of three in a row, but never got into it. We got shut down early last year. We are determined to win our own this year.

“I could have been involved more my sophomore year, but I broke my leg. That has been my motivation. I have three rings, but I haven’t done anything to earn them. I just want to earn this one,” he added.

Brown has done his share for the Chargers this season. He is a threat on offense, defense, and special teams. At quarterback, Brown does plenty of running. On defense, Brown has a nose for interceptions and then running with the ball after the pickoff. He has also done a good job of returning punts and kickoffs. Brown is a weapon anywhere on the field.

“I have always been a running quarterback. I have been begging my coaches to run punts and kicks,” Brown said. “I did it in JV. I had the talent and vision to do it. It gives me a lot of room and I can see the field a lot better.”

Brown said he is interested in playing football beyond high school. The 6-foot, 4-inch Brown said he would like to play receiver in college, and is interested in Virginia Tech, James Madison and Old Dominion.

“That’s what I wanted to do (play receiver), but we were short on quarterbacks here and so I was kind of built into one,” Brown said. “I think I have the package to be a receiver.”

Isle of Wight fans have to be happy that Brown hast stuck around at quarterback this season.