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T'Wolves QB must step up vs. HHS

H.S. football
Sep. 05, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

SPRING VALLEY -- Last year, Spring Valley sophomore quarterback Tyler Brown was somewhat less culpable for the Timberwolves 17-0 loss to Huntington High on their own turf.

But this year, with career-leading rusher Ryan George and dominating fullback Elijah Wellman gone, the key to offensive success runs through the junior quarterback and second-year starter.

Not only is Brown more responsible for what happens on the field as a leader, but he is carrying a heavier load offensively, being called on to be more of a part of Spring Valley's power run game.

"I feel a lot more confident this year," Brown said. "Last year was my first year in this offense. But I enjoy it. I love running the football. I think I've gotten a lot better at it."

The signal-caller had a strong opener last week, as the Timberwolves unloaded on St. Albans on the road, 41-14.

Brown ran for two touchdowns in the first half, a 25-yard scamper and a 1-yard dive into the end zone.

"He did play well, he ran the ball well, we didn't ask him to do a whole lot through the air," Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess said. "He took care of the ball and did a good job. I was very pleased."

Both Dingess and Brown realize the stakes are higher Friday night on Highlander Hill.

Huntington High, like Spring Valley, has had to replace some parts from last year, but showed no signs of slouching from the 2012 season, going on the road and beating a strong Hurricane team, 23-8, in week one.

"We've just got to score this year," Dingess said. "We had some young kids who weren't ready to step up last year, and (Huntington High) just gave it to us. They really whipped us.

"We've got to stop the big plays and not turn the ball over. We can't make any mistakes and we have to hope that they do make some."

Brown tipped his hat to the Highlanders vaunted defense, but said the Timberwolves are up to the task at hand Friday night.

"I think we're going to drive the ball on them," he said. "I don't think they can stop us. I don't think we were ready for them last year."

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Huntington High.