For the first time in school history last year, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon reached to the Division VI state championship game. Thanks to the stellar play of then junior Tyler Brown under center, the Chieftains reached stark County falling just short of a state title.
Brown returns this year for his senior campaign and hopes to lead Hopewell-loudon to the next step.
For the first time in school history last year, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon reached to the Division VI state championship game.
And it was the state semifinal win in overtime over Ada with junior quarterback Tyler Brown completing a huge pass for a touchdown just a minute-and-a-half remaining in the game that got the Chieftains to Stark County.
As a junior, Brown (6-5, 210) threw for 3,009 yards and 32 touchdowns with a 60 percent completion rate leading Hopewell-Loudon to a state runner-up finish.
But the semifinal game was Brown's that put Brown on the radar for the small-school.
Going into the semifinal game coach Brian Colatruglio said he realized Brown was a special player and he was the key to the game. He handled the pressure well by playing smart, throwing the ball on time and leading the team.
“This was the best game at the high school level. Both teams played extremely well.” said Colatruglio. “Towards the end of the game there were one or two plays that made it enjoyable, resulting in a well-played game.”
Although Brown was inexperienced coming into his junior year, he overcame the odds and played best during the last five weeks of the season, improving every week and peeking at the right time. Colatruglio said that taking one step at a time and staying in the weight room was significant to improving this season.
Colatruglio, Brown and the Chieftains squad are looking forward to another successful season.
“However this year coming up the trenches are taken care of because of the good returning offensive and defensive line,” Colatruglio said. “But to prepare, the defensive secondary feels they need to work extra hard because of the inexperience.”
Brown added: “Even though we did not win state, I knew how much I had accomplished and I am looking forward to next season.”
While busy with basketball camps and baseball, Brown is finding time to keep up with his studies by maintaining a 3.65 GPA. He is also working hard this summer by gaining weight, aiming to participate in football camps and working on getting quicker on the field.
Though not certain on a particular college yet, Brown says he has been contacted by Dayton and thinking about majoring in Math and Science.