ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. — Javontae Brown does not look like a skill player.
He certainly doesn’t have the diet of one.
“I eat everything mama cooks. Whatever mama cooks,” he said with a smile after Calhoun County’s 20-13 win over Fox Creek.
So, it’s easy to understand how Fox Creek coach Russ Schneider never saw it coming when Brown stepped in at quarterback for Calhoun County after Richard Hart went down with an injury late in Friday night’s game. And when Brown, a 6-foot-1, 255-pounder who is committed to play defensive line for North Carolina A&T, did line up in the shotgun at the 4-yard line, Schneider certainly did not expect what happened next.
“I had no idea,” the Predators coach said. “In that situation, you have to cover the obvious. We did that, and he just made a great play.”
On the snap, Fox Creek charged ahead as Brown rumbled toward the right side of his line. Instead of a collision, though, Brown pulled off a move made famous by former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, jumping into the air and lofting a touchdown pass to tailback DeKembre Brown that proved to be the deciding score.
Ordinary defensive linemen can only dream of such things.
“But, that’s not your ordinary defensive lineman,” Calhoun County coach Walt Wilson said. “That’s a horse.”
Javontae Brown, who said he last took a snap at quarterback on “B-team,” booted the extra point following his game-winning pass for good measure. He lined up at tailback for a good portion of the night – a homecoming present that Wilson and his staff cooked up for Brown three weeks ago – and rushed for 91 yards on 12 carries. He even caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Hart on a fourth-and-goal play with seven seconds remaining in the first half that tied the game at 13.
He nearly rushed for a touchdown as well, muscling his way through the Fox Creek defense down to the 1-yard line before fumbling the ball out the back of the end zone for a touchback on the Saints’ first possession of the second half.
Calhoun County scored quickly on its first possession of the game. Hart, who finished with 117 passing yards filling in for suspended starter Terrence Whitmore, connected with wide receiver Mark Irick on a 43-yard pass to move the ball to the Fox Creek 1-yard line on Calhoun County’s second play from scrimmage. On the next play, DeKembre Brown scored on a 1-yard run and Javontae Brown made the extra point to put Calhoun County up 7-0.
Fox Creek responded with an 11-play drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by Quadre Castelberry. The Predators took the lead on a 1-yard run by quarterback Marty Williams, who finished with 260 total yards of offense, with 11:06 to go in the first half.
Fox Creek falls to 7-1 overall with the loss and 5-1 in Region 4-A. Calhoun County improves to 6-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 4-A.