Brown gets Cavs in gear in 1st year Coach of the Year 1992 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM

November 29, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Gene Brown waited a long time to call the shots for the South Carroll football team.

And he didn't mess up when the big moment came this season.

Brown took over the Cavaliers after 16 years as an assistant at the school, and he guided the team through some tough times to finish with a 6-4 record.

"Three weeks before the season started we didn't even know if we were going to have an offensive line," said South Carroll center Paul Weinhardt.

But Brown and his offensive line coach Joe Foltz put together the biggest (238-pound average) and the best line in the county and the Cavaliers started off quickly, winning four of their first five games.

Then tough times set in for Brown when the Cavaliers ran into the meat of their schedule -- Linganore, Thomas Johnson and Damascus.

South Carroll didn't come close to beating any of those teams and slipped to a 4-4 record.

That is when Brown showed his mettle as a first-year coach.

He regrouped his forces and came back with a big 19-13 victory over Frederick and a 14-6 win over Westminster to close out the season.

The win over the Owls gave South Carroll the county football championship with a 3-0 record.

For his efforts, Brown has been selected The Baltimore Sun's Carroll County Football Coach of the Year.

"Those three weeks [three resounding beatings] were tough on the staff," said Brown. "But we hung together, spent more time on organization the next week and got our biggest win of the year against Frederick."

Brown admitted that he put pressure on himself during the losing streak but he said there was no outside pressure on him.

"Our goal is to improve the team so that we can compete against T. J. and Linganore," said Brown.

"They have such good players."

The Cavaliers will lose a lot of their key players, including bruising running back Mike Dodd and most of the offensive line, forcing Brown to do some more scrambling next season.

.` Life is never easy at the top.

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