Downtown Brown passes USO past Brashear

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RONALD BROWN passed for 343 yards and 5 touchdowns in leading USO over Brashear. (Photos by William McBride)

 

 In Spain the running of the bulls is popular but the Eagles found that flying over the Bulls to be most effective.

Currently USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama Academy)  is considered the best in the City League and proved that against Brashear.  In a 51-6 win over the Bulls, Ronald Brown completed 28 aerials for 343 yards and 5 touchdowns last week at Cupples Stadium to improve to 4-0.  Although, Brashear fell to 1-3, the game was much closer than the score.

In the first quarter 290-pound, two-way tackle Jordan Mabin was playing like a man possessed and Brashear held the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter.  However, Mabin suffered a high-ankle sprain on the final play of the quarter and the Eagles took advantage of his absence and two plays later Brown hit Nicholas Stallworth for a 65-yard touchdown and the rout was on.

During his debut as USO’s quarterback, Brown completed passes for a western, Pennsylvania record 468 yards against Shenandoah Valley and he broke his own record by passing for 525 yards and seven scoring strikes in University Prep’s victory, 52-21, against Carrick.

In four victories, everything is going as expected for Brown and the Eagles.  In filling the vacancy caused by Akil Young’s matriculation to college football, Brown has completed 89 of 133 passes for 1,680 yards and 23 touchdowns.  Currently, he ranks No. 1 in the City, WPIAL and State in passing.

But, Brown has also honed his skills and mobility, in part to his early participation in the Homewood and Brushton Youth Football Association.

“Ron has all the tools.  His strength is his arm,” said Homewood Mighty Mites coach Kedric Starkey.  “I knew he was a special back then.  In a game against Lincoln we were down by five late in the game and he asked the coaches to put the ball in his hands.  He took us 90 yards in seven straight passes to get us into the end zone.  That’s when I knew how good this kid was.”

His ability enhances his wide receivers.  For example, against the Shenandoah Valley, Marcus Johnson caught five passes for 265 yards.  

While team objectives come first, Brown, who is only 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior, and Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior, understands that winning is critical to their personal success, too.  Johnson is a potential Division I prospect.  Hampton University made an offer and Pitt, Temple, Bowling Green and Toledo has expressed some interest.  But what about “Downtown” Brown?

“There’s so much talent in the City League, but they often get passed over by recruiters because of their off-the-field antics and behavior.

We as a staff are committed to helping these young men carry themselves in a respectable manner while teaching a little football as well,” said former Pittsburgh Steelers and current USO’s Defensive Coach Mike Logan.  “Ronald Brown makes it easy to coach when his football IQ is on point. 

He understands what we are trying to do.  If he was over 6’0 he would be a top prospect!”

Brown’s other touchdowns went to Clay Moorefield (7 yards), Stephon Hawthorne (44 yards) and Marcus Johnson (20 and 30 yards).  Stallworth also returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.

Quarterback Angelo Reed ran 11 yards for Brashear’s only touchdown.

USO will look for win No. 4 in the City League showdown when they battle Allderdice on Oct. 4 at Cupples Stadium

 

 

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