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Brown puts up big numbers on offense, makes biggest play on defense in Antelopes' victory

Forced fumble late gives Antelopes chance to rally for win

Posted: October 22, 2012 - 5:40pm  |  Updated: October 23, 2012 - 12:20am
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The plays Post’s D.J. Brown made on offense would have made Friday’s effort one of the tops in the area in any classification.

But it was a play he made on defense that kept the Antelopes’ dream season chugging in the right direction.

Brown chased down Tulia running back Brandon Jackson at the 3-yard line and punched the ball loose. Post recovered the fumble in the end zone for the touchback, then turned that chance into the game-winning score, which just happened to be a 70-yard run by Brown on a hook-and-lateral with 3 minutes left in the game.

“I just knew we needed a big play and did what I had to do,” Brown said of causing the fumble. “I knew I had room.”

The result was a 45-41 victory that keeps Post (7-1 overall) unbeaten in District 2-2A, Division II at 2-0. Coupled with his 384 rushing yards and four touchdowns, four tackles and a pass breakup, Brown is the choice for this week’s Happy State Bank Male Athlete of the Week.

“(The fumble) allowed just to come out with another chance to get him the ball,” second-year Antelopes head coach Steve Smith said. “We were able to do that and won the game.”

But not without some still tense moments after the game-changing defensive play.

Still trailing 41-39 after the fumble, Post faced fourth-and-10 from the 20 when Smith called for the hook and lateral. Quarterback Pake Jones hit Dalton Holly with the pass for what was close to a first down, but the Antelopes caught the Hornets napping when Holly pitched it to Brown, who went the rest of the way for the go-ahead score.

It capped a career night for Brown, who going into the night was already averaging 189.2 yards per game and 9.9 yards per carry. He now leads all South Plains Class 2A runners with 1,519 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, more than 600 yards ahead of second-place Koal Houchin from Idalou.

“He can go for 200 any game,” Smith said. “We run the option so when other teams decide to shut down two of the three options that opens it up for another one. For some reason, it was D.J. this week. He did a good job.”

Brown scored on runs of 47 and 40 yards in the first half but the Antelopes still trailed 25-20. He added a 16-yard score in the third quarter, and his fourth-quarter 1-yard plunge with 10 minutes left pulled Post to within 41-39.

“The line was blocking really good as usual,” Brown said. “I was able to make some plays.”

But the defensive play was the biggest, and epitomizes the turnaround the Antelopes are undergoing under Smith. Two years ago, Post finished 3-7 and then went 2-8 in Smith’s first season.

Smith, who turned Anton around in one season back in the late 1990s, said the Antelopes are much like the Bulldogs back then, just waiting for some leadership and someone to help put them in the right position to win.

Brown, who rushed for 698 yards and 10 touchdowns, has led the way.

“D.J. leads by example,” Smith said. “He’s more vocal than last year, but a sophomore is not going to say much. He’s not a big talker, but there’s no doubting his heart and how hard he plays. And when he does say something, you listen. He’s like E.F. Hutton.”

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