One of the stronger athletes to come out of Carroll High School this year is an offensive leader on the baseball team, that has actually signed with the University of Nebraska in a completely different sport.
Drew Brown serves as the kicker on the Carroll football team and has received a scholarship to play football for the Cornhuskers in the fall.
However, before he makes the trek up to Lincoln to follow in his brother, Kris Brown's footsteps, he has helped the Carroll baseball team reach the regional semifinals round of the postseason.
Carroll’s regional semifinal series against Flower Mound began with a Game 1 loss to the Jaguars, 6-4 on Thursday. The rest of the series was played after the early holiday press deadline; see www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
Baseball coach Larry Hughes said that Brown has been a staple of the Dragons lineup for years and that he is a very special athlete.
“It's a fantastic story,” Hughes said. “Drew has been on the varsity for three years now. He's been an outfielder for us, and one of our best clutch hitters as far as hitting with runners in scoring position.
“He's been fantastic. He is always very clutch, and all of his teammates would say that. And the interesting thing this year, when Nic Motley, our number one catcher, went out with an injury right before district started, Drew stepped in.”
Brown proved to be very effective behind the plate, helping the Dragons to an 11-3 record in District 4-5A competition and district championship.
“He caught all 14 district games,” Hughes said. “He just did a fantastic job. Without him, we would not be where we are. That is without a doubt.”
Brown hit .388 this season for the Dragons with eight doubles, two triples, a home run and 27 RBI.
Hughes said that he believes that Brown will be a good fit at the University of Nebraska, but said that the Carroll athlete could faces some challenges along the way, as well.
“He's outstanding as far as a football kicker is concerned,” Hughes said. “We'll just have to see how everything equates for baseball, too. That's very hard to do in college.
“It's not very often that a player can do that. He might have the perfect situation as far as being the kicker. I don't know if I have ever seen a kicker also play baseball in college. You see other positions, but not kicker.”
Brown kicked 88 PATs this season as well as nine field goals for a total of 115 points for the Dragons.
He was the third highest scorer on the team behind quarterback Ryan Agnew and running back A.J. Ezzard.
Hughes said that Brown will definitely be missed at Carroll High School and among his teammates, but said there is no doubt in his mind that the Carroll senior will be a success.
“I just think he's a winner,” Hughes said. “If I had to sum him up in one word, that would be it. Drew Brown has always been a winner.”
Other schools expressing interest in Brown included Kansas State University and the University of Oklahoma.