Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brown Still Finds Way to End Zone

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brown Still Finds Way to End Zone

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Less than six months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, it's no surprise that Duane Brown feels like he's not yet 100 percent.

Good luck trying to convince the opposing defenses he has scorched the past three weeks of that belief.

Duane "Touchdown" Brown is back for Apollo-Ridge, finding the end zone regularly and leading the Vikings to three consecutive wins since returning to the lineup. Brown, a senior who scored 29 touchdowns last season, has scored 11 times in games against Burrell, Seton-LaSalle and Freeport.

Brown, who had surgery April 20, said he's "around 90 or 95 percent because my speed is probably not as good as it was." He's still certainly fast enough and is showing his versatility through a position change. Brown was primarily a running back last season when he broke the WPIAL single-game rushing record. He's now getting the majority of his snaps at wide receiver, while also seeing some time in the backfield. He has seven touchdown catches and three touchdown runs. Brown is also starting at free safety.

"I wanted to make an impact as a senior this year. I wanted to ball out. The injury was going to either slow me down or benefit me, and right now it's benefiting me," said Brown, who committed to Robert Morris last month.

The Apollo-Ridge offense has greatly benefitted from Brown's return. Without Brown, the Vikings were 2-2 and averaged 23 points per game. With him, they're 3-0 and averaging 39 points.

Brown and his teammates might need to score at least 50 points tonight in their showdown against visiting Keystone Oaks. With a win, Apollo-Ridge (5-2, 4-1) can move into first place in the Class 3A Allegheny Conference. Keystone Oaks (5-1, 4-0) currently holds the top spot. Led by dual-threat quarterback Alex Smith, the Golden Eagles are averaging 44.5 points a game.

"To be at home and it being senior night and getting a chance to play another great team, it's going to be a game where we're going to have to come out ready play," Brown said.

Duane Brown said he wasn't surprised that his WPIAL single-game rushing record of 460 yards - which was less than a year old - was broken so quickly. …

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